Although menstruation is something completely natural, it is still a taboo subject, and many women avoid having sex during their period, even though the desire is often there. Valentine’s Day is around the corner and this year Intimina urges all women not to let menstruation be an obstacle to desire and intimacy.
Close to half of the world’s population menstruates, but even so, menstruation is still a taboo subject and having sex while bleeding is far from a matter of course for everyone. Menstruation doesn’t always have to be bloody serious. Want to have sex on Valentine’s Day even though you’re on your period? Have it!
“Many women, myself included, have at some point refrained from having sex because of their period. Sometimes because it feels messy or unfresh – reasons that have taken hold due to the outdated stigma surrounding menstruation. Menstruation is not disgusting or unclean, but something completely natural. It’s completely embarrassing that you have to give up your sexual desire, which can often be stronger during your period, just because you’re bleeding. One step towards breaking the taboo around menstruation is to dare to raise the subject with your sexual partner, and then Valentine’s Day is an excellent opportunity,” says Jenny Peura, marketing and communications manager at Intimate Sweden.
Four benefits of having sex during your period
1. Orgasms can become more intense
For some, sexual desire may increase during menstruation due to changes in hormone levels in the body. In connection with this, some also experience an increased sensitivity in the vagina and vulva, which in turn can mean stronger and nicer orgasms.
2. You help break the stigma
Sex during your period doesn’t have to be embarrassing or difficult. Put a towel in bed, have sex in the shower or use one menstrual cup which is specifically designed to work during penetrative sex to avoid smearing. By having sex during your period, you also help normalize menstrual sex and break an outdated stigma.
3. Relieves period pain
During menstruation, it is not unusual to have period pains because the uterus is a muscle that can cramp. Orgasms cause the uterus to relax, which in turn means that sex can actually relieve period pain.
4. You can feel happier
Many people feel that menstruation affects their mood negatively. When you have an orgasm, endorphins, dopamine and oxytocin are triggered, among other things, which have a positive effect on mood and lower our stress levels.