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Period Sex 101: Down and Dirty

Let’s talk about a topic that may make you blush: period sex. As a mom, you’re no stranger to the crimson wave. But when it comes to getting busy during that time of the month, there is still a lot of stigma and misinformation out there. First things first: there’s absolutely nothing gross or shameful about having sex while Aunt Flo’s in town. In fact, many women find that their sex drive actually increases during their period. Be it the influx of hormones, the increased blood flow, or just the fact that orgasms are a great way to relieve cramps, period sex is that not-so-dirty little secret that just might ignite your sex life.

If you’re new to period sex, or you’ve been hesitant to try it out, we will help you get more comfortable with this exquisite expression of intimacy. Forget all those toxic taboos and myths around menstruation that have been circulating for centuries. Read on for some tips to make period sex as enjoyable as possible!

Communication is key

If you’re going to get down and dirty during your period, you and your partner need to be on the same page. Talk about any concerns or preferences you might have, and be honest about what you’re feeling (squeamish, we know, and that’s OK).

Set the scene

You don’t want to be in the middle of the act and suddenly realize you forgot to take your tampon out or have ruined your fancy sheets. Make sure you’ve taken care of any necessary bathroom business beforehand, and have some towels or old sheets on hand to protect your bedding. Baby wipes can also be helpful for cleanup during and after period sex. Really into period sex? Consider buying some darker sheets.

Get creative

If the sight of blood is a turn-off for you or your partner, there are plenty of ways to get around it. Turn off the lights, focus on face-to-face positions (so you’re looking at each other, rather than the carnage), or move sex to the shower.

Embrace the mess

Let’s face it: sex can be messy, even without the added element of period blood. But that doesn’t have to be a bad thing! If you’re comfortable with it, let go of any expectations of perfection and just enjoy the experience. Getting a little messy is OK – that’s just part of being human. Blood is a natural bodily fluid, just like sweat or saliva. We don’t typically get grossed out by those things, do we? And if you’re worried about the smell, rest assured that it’s usually not as strong as you might think. Some might even consider it a turn-on.

It’s OK to say no to period sex

Of course, there are some situations where period sex might not be the best idea. If you’re experiencing heavy bleeding or intense cramps, and all you want to do is get up close and personal with a heating pad, that’s fine! If you prefer to use your period as a get-out-of-sex-for-a-week card, that’s cool, too! (Your partner never has to know. Just clear your browser after you read this.) And if you’re simply freaked out by the idea of period sex, feel free to just say no. But for those who are open to it, period sex can be a great way to explore your sexuality and connect with your partner.

So go forth, fellow moms, and don’t be afraid to get a little bloody. Embrace your sexuality, enjoy the experience, and don’t let anyone “yuck” your “yum” for something that’s perfectly natural. Period sex may not be for everyone, but for those willing to try it, it can be a bloody good time.

This article was written in collaboration with ChatGPT.

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