Week 41-Why do some women claim that sex feels better during their period?

June 5, 2009




A woman’s libido changes throughout the menstrual cycle. Changes in sexual emotion, energy and even aggression peak and wane during the cycle.  Women can feel more “turned on” and aggressive about sexual feelings and desires at different times during their cycles.

Women’s erotic desires and orgasmic capacities (nice term!) begin to increase during menstruation, and continue to build. They peak on Day 13 and 14 of her cycle.  This is due in large part to the hormones that affect sexual desire – testosterone and estrogen.  It warrants mention that Day 13 and 14 are the most fertile days in a woman’s cycle.

Sex during menstruation is completely normal, healthy and often very enjoyable.

Menstrual blood is an entirely normal and healthy bodily fluid and does not affect a woman’s reproductive organs or a man’s penis.

Orgasms cause uterine contractions and these contractions can ease menstrual cramps and pain.  Some women feel less “crampy” after having sex that includes orgasm.

On the other hand,  women who are prone to UTI’s (urinary tract infections) should consider the fact that menstrual blood is a good medium for bacteria to grow and perhaps intercourse during menstruation might increase chances of a UTI.

Planned Parenthood of northern New England’s Education Department carefully selects all weekly questions. All questions are actual inquiries made to PPNNE by college-aged students.

Should you have a question you would like to see included, please send an email to goddess@ppnne.org


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