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Is It OK to Have Sex While You Have Your Period?

Health-wise, it’s fine to have sex during your period, so it depends on how you and your partner feel about it. Some people don't like the idea while others are comfortable with it. It could also seem like a natural monthly break for some couples.

Whatever your thoughts are, first talk things over with your partner to make sure you agree.

Are There Any Risks of Having Sex During Your Period?

In some cases, you can get pregnant if you have sex during your period. It’s also possible to get a sexually transmitted disease (STD). This is an infection that can spread can through vaginal, oral, or anal sex; by using fingers; or by other sexual contact. In fact, having sex when you have your period can make it easier for some STDs to spread.

How Can I Prevent Pregnancy and STDs?

The only method that fully prevents pregnancy and STDs is not having sex. If you do have sex, use a condom, finger condom, or dental dam each time, as well as a reliable method of birth control, like birth control pills.

Talk with your doctor about what kind of birth control is best for you. You can also visit a health clinic like Planned Parenthood.

Reviewed by: Lonna P. Gordon, MD
Date Reviewed: Apr 1, 2024

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