Your period can be a time of endless questions, checks, insecurities, uncertainties, and for many women discomfort

 While sex isn’t on the cards for many women during ‘that time of the month’, Dr Phumzile Mkhize says the only reason not to be having sex during your period, is if you don’t want to.

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Does period blood increase chances of infection?

Sex during your period can be a messy business because there are more body fluids involved one could think the risk of infection could also be higher however Dr Phumzile says that isn’t true.

“Many people think period blood is dirty or toxic and that it could make their partners sick, but it simply isn’t true. Menstrual blood doesn’t carry any more risk of infection than other bodily fluids. If you are having sex on your period, you should take the same precautions you take at any other time of the month,” she says.

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You can actually get pregnant from #period sex

Using your period to time when you are and aren’t fertile is an actual thing and can work well, however it is also important to consider the life cycle of the sperm.

According to natural cycles, sperm can survive in the vaginal canal for up to five days. So while the actual sex could have taken place during a time when you were not fertile, the sperm can survive into your next cycle depending on when you have sex.

Sex during your period can help with PMS

Trying to be intimate with your partner while struggling with menstrual cramps and discomfort can be a tall order but, Dr Phumzile says it might actually help.

“Sex isn’t just about a physical reaction. There is also a hormonal reaction which could make you feel happier and dull the pain a little. It isn’t guaranteed though and can differ from one person to another, “says Dr Phumzile.

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