September 10, 2019

Menstruation and Sex: What to Know


Is having sex during menstruation safe?

A large number of ladies ask question about having sex during their period if it is safe?, the percentage of women having sex during their period is usually high, but the facts about infection and pregnancy occurring during menstruation remain the same.

There are also some factors ladies should be able to put in place when considering having sex during menstruation to make it as comfortable as possible. 

In this article, we will be looking at some common asked question related to having sexual intercourse during menstruation, and also we will talk about the benefits and risks involved.

Are sexual activities safe during menstruation?

There is usually risk of infection when engaging in any form of sexual activities such as oral sex, anal sex, vaginal sex or being stimulated with fingers by your partners during your period.

And also the chances of pregnancy occurring during menstruation are usually low but does not make it impossible becoming pregnant. Most times it is advisable you use birth control pills or you are involved in a same sex.

Can I have infection when I have sex during menstruation?

There is usually two possible infections that can occur when having sex during menstruation: which are STIs and problem which can be triggered as a result of a change in the normal flora in the vagina such as yeast infection and bacterial vaginosis.

In some cases the risk of getting a yeast infection when having sex during menstruation is high which can be due to a slight hormonal change that occurs during menstruation.

The centers for disease control and prevention (CDC) has estimated that there are about more than 10 million newly added STIs in USA 

Some of these infections are listed below:

👉 Molluscum contagiosum

👉 Herpes

👉 Scabies and pubic lice etc 

Infections which occur as a result of having sex during menstruation can only be prevented by using barriers such as condom, although it does not guarantee 100%  safety but can reduce the risk the infection.

What are the possibilities of me getting pregnant during menstruation?

Most women experience a 28 day monthly cycle, the fertile time in the menstrual cycle is usually the days 8 and 19.

This is usually the time when there is a release of egg from the ovary during ovulation and moves down to the fallopian tube where fertilization occurs.

Some factors such as weight loss, an extreme exercise, polycystic ovary syndrome and pelvic inflammatory disease, uterine fibroid etc. can pose difficulty in ascertaining when a woman's fertile day is most likely to occur.

What benefits do I stand to get when I have sex during intercourse?

There can be good impacts on having sex during if practiced properly though not all have been scientifically proven.

Benefits of having sex during menstruation could include:

👉 Less painful periods,

👉Reduced headache, 

👉 Improved sleep e.t.c.

Menstruation does not mean you should not have sex, but it is important to note that infections and STIs can occur. Therefore it is important either we avoid having sex during menstruation or we take adequate caution when practicing sexual intercourse during menstruation.


Remember Health Is Wealth 


Written By: Isikadi Precious RN. 

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