The following post is an edited version of an article I first wrote for Farrago back in 2014.
Let the Good Times Flow
There are many strains of thought on whether a woman should have sex while her red flower is blooming. Here’s my thought: Do it. Menstruation can last from three to seven days, and that is an awfully long time to self-deprive.
Practical reasons to avoid sex at this most ichorous time are two-fold. One, blood is messy. And two, blood can carry viruses. The former is rendered null and void the moment someone decides to orgasm. Ejaculation is messy. Blood is simply another raindrop during a downpour.
As for concern about the transmission of viruses, boy do I have news for you! Unprotected sex, period or no period, can lead to the contraction of gonorrhea, genital warts and all kinds of other lovely infections. Adding a little blood to the mix doesn’t make for a whole new danger.
Now that we’ve examined the objections, let’s consider the advantages to having red (hot) sex. Well, for starters, you’ll have more of it. Periods are usually a monthly occurrence. If you do the maths, that’s three whole months of sex you can reclaim.
Periods can also be crampy and uncomfortable. Fortunately sex can provide temporary relief, as endorphins are released into the bloodstream, providing an analgesic effect.
Most importantly, sex can reduce the duration of a period. Did you hear that? More sex = less period. According to ABC News, during orgasm the uterus experiences additional contractions, which may speed up the expulsion of blood. It can also be a pain reliever. “When a woman orgasms, her uterus contracts and, in the process, rids the body of cramp-causing compounds,” says Cindy M. Meston, Ph.D., director of the Sexual Psychophysiology Laboratory at the University of Texas.
Even better, a study by researchers at Yale university found “Women who engage in sexual activity…while menstruating seem to lower their chances of developing…endometriosis” – a painful disease which can cause infertility. So not only can bloody sex be fun, it can ward off painful conditions.
Sure, blood can stain sheets in a way that sperm just won’t. And yes, bloating and headaches can lower your sex drive.
But didn’t you hear? More sex = less period.
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