Are we supposed to bang when we’re on our periods? Period sex was once very much a taboo (and honestly, it still is), and this is a question that just won’t go away. It is also a sexual scenario rife with strong opinions.
You’re either down or you are completely and unequivocally not down. Plus, there are entire (sexist) cultural narratives around the “uncleanliness” of a menstruating person.
Case in point: Nepal recently threw out an old law that stated that women had to stay in special huts outside the home during their periods after two people died (no joke, a woman was bitten by a snake and died in one of these huts).
We may not be banishing people to huts, but many people are still terrified by period sex – or fascinated by it.
According to data collected by Simpatic.us from over 4,000 users, both men and women say they are interested in having period sex – 38 per cent of men and 31 per cent of women.
So, there is a significant group of people who are down for sex during this time of the month. This begs the question, why do people love period sex?
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For some, it’s a battle between wanting to f*ck … but also not wanting to destroy the Egyptian cotton sheets they bought on Amazon. (As a Type A nutbag myself, I can personally relate to that notion.)
“I have a love/hate relationship with it,” says Marie*, 24.
“I don’t want to go five days without sex, but I despise the mess. I guess we could do it in the shower, but shower sex is a pain in the ass. I guess you just lay down a red towel and hope for the best.”
If you don’t own a red towel, you really should. Of course, if you are very much anti-mess and go for the red towel trick, you have to be cognizant of remaining on the towel. If you change positions too often or too aggressively, the sheets will get it.
See? I’ve thought a lot about this.
For all the “unclean” storyline bullsh*t we’re fed, there is evidence to suggest that women can be horny as all hell during their periods.
“Scientifically speaking, some women experience increased libido during their periods due to a spike in progesterone levels around ovulation and fluctuating hormones.” Erika Jensen, co-founder of The Flex Company tells Kinkly.