Dr. Sumedha Sircar
You could be a menstruator expecting your period right during the upcoming Valentine’s Day. Or else you could be a person who has irregular menstrual cycles, fearing an unwelcome visit from Aunt Flo. Will menstruating during Valentine’s Day necessarily cramp your style? Let’s delve into it.
Right off the bat, it is possible to have sexual intercourse when you or your partner is on their period. It may even have desirable effects. Orgasms during menstruation have been known to provide relief from cramps, shorten the menstrual cycle and also potentially provide relief from symptoms like headaches. Besides, the menstrual blood acts as a natural lubricant, making sexual actitivity easier.
If you do engage in what is colloquially known as ‘period sex’, it is very important to practice safe sex. A person can get pregnant even if they are having sex during their period. Moreover, menstrual blood can transmit STIs such as HIV and Hepatitis B. It is highly advisable to use contraceptive measures condoms when engaging in sexual activity during your period.
However, you may not have the stomach to have sex during your period, or may be concerned about the association between period sex and endometriosis. In that case, there are measures you can take ahead of time to delay your period. Plan to visit your health care provider and ask about oral contraceptives (OCPs). Ask about if you’re a good candidate to receive OCPs. Your healthcare provider may give you birth control pills, or prescribe you medication containing norethisterone to delay your period.
Stay safe, and have fun!
1) Use condoms, especially if you don’t know the STI status of your partner. 2) Plan to visit your healthcare provider well in advance to find out if you’re a good candidate for birth control.
3) Have a detailed discussion with your partner about the idea of period sex.
Clearly lay out boundaries, if any.