There are a few benefits to having sex during your time on the month, but one in particular will appeal to most women. Many people find the idea a bit gross and uncomfortable, while others really don't see what the fuss is about and carry on as normal. But it turns out there might be some surprising advantages to getting it on during that time of the month. But it's not as simple as just having sex, and there is one thing the woman must do to see the benefit. Having sex during your period will not only shorten its length, but it will also flush out the compounds within the uterus that are causing all that cramping and pressure in the first place. If you suffer from bad cramps, this if for you.
Taboos about avoiding sexual behavior while menstruating are based on archaic ideas. Some women even notice increased arousal during their period 1, 2. Plus, there is anecdotal evidence that orgasms can help ease menstrual cramps 3, 4. Masturbation during your period is also an option. How period sex is approached is unique to each couple—some might prefer to have shower sex while menstruating to make it less messy.
Even though it is definitely possible to have great sex while on your period , there are unfortunately a lot of shame-based stigmas and myths out there surrounding the act. If you'd prefer to wait until you're at the end of your cycle when your flow is lightest, you likely won't even need to worry about much blood at all. If you are having unprotected sex, you could be putting yourself at risk for pregnancy at any point in your cycle, especially because cycles can be irregular. According to WebMD, sperm can live inside a body for up to five days, and if your cycle is irregular, you could ovulate within that time — which means even though it's unlikely, you could get pregnant during period sex.