#HappyFlow Monday: Period Sex – safe or not?
Would you have period sex? Menstruation has socially and religiously been deemed as an unclean, impure and dirty period in a woman’s life. This period sigma is a huge irony considering it is a natural bodily function that happens monthly. Some societies detest even the mention of it publicly or privately. Unsurprisingly, period sex is an uncomfortable conversation which meets with repugnance at it’s very mention.
Is period sex safe or not? This is a very tricky question because what does safe mean? In simple terms, yes, period sex is safe. Menstrual blood is a mixture of healthy blood and discarded uterine tissue and does not have dirt or impurities like most people believe. Therefore, getting into contact with such blood is not harmful to the penis. Also, the myth that a penis [or penetration] may damage the uterus is entirely false. In fact, having sex during her period may even give her relief from painful cramps, as her body will produce endorphins into her blood stream that will in turn reduce the pain.
However, please note that safe sex is important ALL the time When a person is on their period, sexually transmitted infections such as HIV and Hepatitis (that are carried in the blood) are spread especially easily through contact with infected blood (source).
Always practice safe sex!