Sex and Your Period

EmpowHER

By Softcup July 15, 2011 – 1:01pm

You’re headed for a romantic vacation with your husband and it happens to be that time of the month. Years ago, the myth of not being able to have sex when you have your period may have literally put a damper your intimate vacation plans. But, as research and women have progressed, and if partners are willing, your period doesn’t have to get in the way of romantic plans.

Research does however show if you or your partner are at risk for contracting any sort of disease from each other, such as HIV, blood does make it easier to transmit. However, if both of you are healthy and monogamous, most research demonstrates that you are at no greater risk than when not menstruating.

If either of you are at risk for contracting an STD, be sure to incorporate some sort of prophylactic measures, such as a condom, into your intimate plans. It is also important to understand that just because you have your period, does not mean that you cannot get pregnant. Women can become pregnant from having sexual intercourse during menstruation. A recent study conducted by the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH) suggests that women have the potential to become pregnant at virtually any time during their cycle. To reduce your risk of pregnancy, it is important to use some method of birth control.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.