5 Reasons Period Sex Is The Best Sex (Yup, We Said It.)

Recently, a friend of mine was fooling around with a guy the day after she was pretty sure her period had ended. Turned out it hadn’t, and she was mortified when his fingers emerged from being frisky … bloody.

A variant of this has happened to all of us, and even if we’re dead set against the concept of sex during our period, the issue has absolutely come up – or impacted our ability to be spontaneous!

Whether you find the idea of sex during your period gross or exciting is up to you. Perhaps colored by society – many cultures and religions consider it taboo – we shy away from even talking about it. But as long as you're prepared, sex during your period can be a great idea; just make sure it’s not the day you break out those white sheets!

1. It helps relieve cramps.

There's no reason to stop having sex just because you have your period. In fact, it's a great time to have it. “The biochemical released in your system will help alleviate cramping and aches. Sex is a natural pain reliever and can lessen pain symptoms up to 70%!” says love and sex coach Kim Anami. When you feel under the weather, one of the best things you can do is run and have an orgasm.

“During sex your body releases oxytocin, which is a natural hormone that helps diminish the menstrual cramps and irritability sometimes experienced during this time,” says Dr. Estella Sneider, a sex therapist and psychologist.

2. It acts as an anti-depressant. 

“Furthermore, according to Paul Zak, PhD, a researcher at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California, the higher your oxytocin, the higher your happiness and well-being, at least for women,” says Sneider.

3. It increases intimacy. 

Don’t feel awkward about the mess, sex is messy (in general!) and for some couples overcoming the mess and breaking down the barriers can lead to increased intimacy and enjoyment, helping you feel closer to your partner, says Sneider.

4. There's less risk of getting pregnant.

Does decreased risk of pregnancy turn you on? Well, check this out: If you're trying to avoid pregnancy, having sex during the menstrual period drastically diminshes the possibility of pregnancy. “However, remember that is not a 100% proof and sperm can live up to 72 hours. So if you have sex during your last day of your period without protection the possibility of getting pregnant is even higher,” says Sneider.

5. The sex is hotter.

Your hormones are out of control this time of month, and as messy as your period may be, it leads to extra lubrication, better pelvic muscle tone and increased elasticity - all spelling way more fun in the sack, says  Dr. Susan Lin, an obstetrics gynecological surgeon and founder of MD Products.