For women, sex during a period is often enjoyable. Menstruation can make sex feel more intense, more pleasurable. The blood acts as a natural lubricant, and the type of friction is very different to having sex sans period.
There is science behind this too. Increased blood flow to the area leads to heightened sensation. The contractions of the uterine muscles that occur naturally during a period can create more powerful orgasms. There is also theory around the benefits of having sex while having your period – the contractions of an orgasm can better help clear the uterine lining, and that the endorphins released during and after sex can help lessen the discomfort of period pain.
Unless you have a medical condition such as endometriosis, sex during your period is safe and should not be painful. (Just not on those ‘heavy’ days where you don’t want anything touching you, let alone penetrating you, and a hot water bottle is the only companion with an invite to the bedroom.)
This is all well and good for females. We understand period pain. Menstruation blood dos not freak us out. Lesbian relationships have no issues here.
But what about for the men involved in heterosexual relationships?
Do they like it? Are they down for it? How to have the conversation?
Broadly have put together a collection of stories from men on period sex. For some, it’s just a necessity – better than no sex at all. For others, they really enjoy it. In some cases, men find it more intimate than non-period sex.
We’ve listed the best anecdotes from Broadly, and also mined Reddit for some insight. Here’s what men really think about having sex while you’re on your period:
Your period isn’t stopping him
I actually had to talk the girl I was seeing into doing it. We were long-distance for a few months while I was training for my new job, and when I finally got to see her, she told me we couldn’t have sex because she was on her period. It had been so long and I wanted her so bad that I didn’t care. – Sam, 27.
I personally don’t “like it” so much as it doesn’t bother me at all and I like sex just about anytime I can get it. – Funky_duck on Reddit.
My wife and I have twin toddlers. When we have the time and energy to go at it, it’s happening. If it happens to be that time of the month, fine by me. – Jason, 32.
He’s really not bothered
As a young stud 20-something, my experience is that nothing will stop the march to completion. Once you are within range, it is onward and inward. The elasticity is lower, and the ‘friction’ is annoying, but the goal is the same. Everything is washable, and a warm washcloth managed by your partner can be an ‘I’ll love you forever’ moment. – James 32.