The Pros and Cons of Having Sex during Your Period

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Photo courtesy of Getty Images Paul Bradbury

Many people consider “that time of the month” to be off limits for sex.  In fact, it could be a topic you and your partner have never actually discussed.  If having sex during menstruation is something you are willing to try, you should open up a dialogue with your partner to see if it is something they are interested in as well.  Below are some potential positives and negatives to consider when having sex during your period.

There are several pros to having sex during menstruation which may not have occurred to you.  First, to state it bluntly, your menstrual blood provides natural lubrication that can improve the sensation for both parties involved.  Next, the changes in a women’s hormones during menstruation can result in an increased libido and higher sensitivity, which leads to more enjoyable sex for you.  Third, you may find that having sex during your period will actually shorten its length, as the act of having an orgasm creates muscle spasms in the uterus which will cause the uterine lining to shed more quickly.  Finally, those very same orgasms cause a release of endorphins that can help relieve your period-related cramps.

On the flip side, there are some cons to sex during your period.  First, it is definitely a messier proposition.  Therefore, you may want to limit your activity to lighter flow days, avoid any positions that require you to be on top, and either have sex in the shower, or place a towel underneath you to absorb any liquid and protect your bedding from stains.   Next, a possibility exists that one or both of you will become uncomfortable, bringing an end to the intimacy.  Simply agree in advance that if this happens, it’s OK with both of you not to continue, and credit yourself for trying something new.



Menstrual Cycle Positives

When women discuss their menstrual cycle, it is usually about some negative aspect of it.  After all, the start of your period brings on a full range of emotion, from the discomfort of premenstrual syndrome to the disappointment of not being pregnant.  While your monthly cycle is all too often unwelcome, we would like you to consider the ways in which it can be used to your benefit.

In previous postings, we have discussed how estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, follicle-stimulating hormone, luteinizing hormone, and gonadotropin-releasing hormone fluctuate in your body throughout your cycle.  By tracking your cycle and being attuned to your body, you can schedule certain tasks on days when your body’s hormones will give you optimal performance.  Below you will find some examples of ways you can maximize your menstrual cycle.

  • You can make the most of exercising on days when your estrogen levels are lower,
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    which is typically days 4-11 in a 28 day cycle.  At this time, you will find high-intensity exercise easier, resulting in lower breathing and heart rates throughout.  This is because the decreased estrogen allows for more efficient burning of the glycogen in your body, which provides quick energy.

  • Many women report feeling more creative when they are menstruating, which would be the result of the calm brought on by the drop in estrogen and progesterone levels. If you are a writer, artist, craftswoman, etc., you may find this time to be very productive for you.
  • In her book, “The Optimized Woman: If You Want to Get Ahead, Get a Cycle,” author Miranda Gray posits that women’s skillsets change throughout their monthly cycle, and describes how awareness of this can increase productivity and effectiveness in the workplace. Gray states that abilities that you will find heightened at various times of the month include logical reasoning, strategic planning, critical analysis, team building, project initiation and management, and outside of the box thinking.

Have you noticed times in your cycle where your abilities are heightened?  Tell us more in the comments below.


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Causes of Irregular Periods

If you are trying to become pregnant, having an irregular period can be a source of great frustration, as it makes it much more difficult to calculate your fertile days.  While all women will experience an irregular period occasionally, if it is happening on a regular basis, there is a chance something occurring in your daily life is the culprit.  Below are some possible triggers.

  • Stress– This is the number one cause of irregular periods.  When you are stressed your body produces a hormone called cortisol, and this interferes with the amount of estrogen and progesterone being produced by your body.  Excess cortisol can completely change the timing and flow of your cycle.
  • Excessive Exercise– In this case, it’s possible to do too much of a good thing.  If you are overdoing it at the gym, your body will not have the energy it needs to generate your menstrual cycle.
  • Gaining or Losing Weight– Your weight is a factor in the level of hormones your body produces.  If you have recently gained weight or are on a weight loss journey, you can expect your period to shift around.
  • Alcohol– Estrogen and progesterone are metabolized by your liver, which is a critical part of the regulation of your cycle.  When your liver is consumed by metabolizing alcohol in excess, it interferes with this process.
  • Diet– Studies have shown that a diet high in fat and carbohydrates can interfere with your menstrual cycle.  In most cases, a diet like this will cause weight gain, and cholesterol compounds located in fat cells actually produce a weak form of estrogen which will throw off your body’s natural hormone balance.

If you are seeking a natural way to determine your fertile days despite your cycle irregularities, Lady-Comp is your answer.  This 99.3% effective fertility computer will accurately predict the days you are likely to become pregnant, regardless of variations in your cycle length.  Please call us at 1-877-925-LADY to learn more.

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