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Sex on your period will undoubtedly be messy, but can also be enjoyable. In fact, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with having sex during this time. But… there’s a few things you should know first. Here’s the full lowdown on having sex on your period. 

It’s just as safe as regular sex 

Worried that having sex on your period isn’t safe? Don’t be. There’s absolutely no additional risk having sex during this time. The biggest downside is the mess – blood will get on you and your partner and if you’re anxious about this you should talk about it together first. 

Certain STIs such as HIV and hepatitis are spread via blood, but wearing condoms minimises this. Also, getting tested every 6-12 months will let you know if you have anything to worry about. 

BUT… you can get pregnant

Ah, the big one. There’s a myth that’s been going round since the beginning of time that if you have sex on your period you can’t get pregnant. Well, we’re afraid to say that this is 100% NOT true. 

While the odds of a woman getting pregnant during this time are definitely lower (because the woman is not ovulating), it can still happen. The answer is simple… always use condoms.

It will get messy

Everyone’s periods are different and some are heavier than others. But if there’s one thing that’s going to happen during period sex, it’s that it’s going to get a little messy.

Here’s a few tips to make it easier:

  • Always remember to remove your tampon or menstrual cup (ouch!)
  • Pop a towel onto the bed first 
  • Remember…gravity is at work. Try positions such as missionary and side-by-side to help minimise mess
  • Using condoms will protect against STIs and pregnancy

Just be honest

Some people enjoy period sex, other’s don’t. Be honest with your partner about what you like, and what you don’t like. Just like when it comes to chatting about using condoms or getting tested, having an honest conversation is everything.

Do you have a sexual health question? Join the Play Safe forum or ask Nurse Nettie.