The Spiritual Effect Of Having Sex During Menstruation

If you're wondering what the spiritual effect of sex during menstruation is, you're in the right place.  

In this article, we explore everything you need to know about spirituality, period sex, and how they intersect. We also go over a few things about period sex to help you make informed decisions about your reproductive health.

So, when it comes to period sex, here's the short of it:

Things to know

  • The polarizing traditional and religious views about sex during menstruation are not universally held nor are they scientifically proven.
  • As spirituality is deeply personal, what you choose to believe shapes your ideas about period sex and this can affect how it makes you feel on a mental, emotional, and spiritual level.
  • If you hold negative views about period sex, it's likely to have a negative spiritual effect; more positive views and it's likely to have a positive spiritual effect.

There's still lots to explore; keep reading to discover the following:

What Is The Spiritual Effect Of Sex During Menstruation?

First, let’s understand spirituality and all that it entails.

The meaning of spirituality

In a nutshell, spirituality refers to your personal beliefs, the practices that give your life meaning, and your sense of connection to something greater than yourself. It can be expressed in many different ways and doesn't have to be tied to any specific religion.

Think of spirituality not only as a way to get in touch with your inner self but as a path to peace and purpose. Whether it's through prayer, meditation, or other rituals, spirituality allows you to explore your own identity and process the world around you.

The effect of spirituality

Since spirituality is such a massive part of who you are and how you make sense of life, it can affect you profoundly.

Something is said to have a spiritual effect when it affects how you see yourself and how you process everything, including your own place in the world and how connected you feel to those around you.

Understanding positive and negative spiritual effects

A positive spiritual effect is one that leads to favorable emotional and psychological effects such as less stress, a better mood, and a general feeling of well-being.

A negative spiritual effect is the exact opposite and results in negative effects such as stress, anxiety, depression, or feelings of disconnection.

This happens when your spiritual beliefs or practices are in conflict with your values and cause inner turmoil. Or, when you engage in practices (spiritual or otherwise) that are not aligned with your beliefs or values.

With this in mind, it's crucial to find a spiritual path that resonates with your beliefs and values. And, to avoid practices or beliefs that lead to negative emotional or psychological effects.

Beliefs and conceptions about period sex

In some traditional or religious belief systems, there are taboos about period sex. These beliefs are based on the idea that menstruation is a time of 'spiritual impurity' or 'uncleanliness', or that it is a time when a woman is more susceptible to negative spiritual influences.

Other belief systems celebrate menstruation and consider sex during that time 'pure' or 'sacred'. However, none of these beliefs are universally held or supported by any scientific evidence.

Research studies suggest that ideas about sex during menstruation were dictated by the social and cultural information available then. Restrictions that were originally imposed to promote good hygiene or reproductive health may have developed into damaging narratives over time.

Knowing all we know now, menstruation is a biological process that ensures the reproductive health of women. Additionally, menstrual flow is neither dirty nor impure; it's a mixture of blood, cervical mucus, and tissue shed from the lining of the uterus.

Before we even address period sex, the bottom line is: it's time we free ourselves from the taboos and prejudices that make us feel ashamed about something natural. Instead, let's develop a healthy attitude and respect for our bodies.

The spiritual effect of sex on your period

Ultimately, the spiritual effect of having sex during menstruation will depend on your own beliefs and values. In fact, the spiritual effect is likely to be a direct result of your own spiritual beliefs about menstruation.

Let's break down why. Remember our definition of spirituality and how it is responsible for your sense of identity, purpose, and connection with those around you?

If you hold negative spiritual views about menstruation and think period sex is taboo, 'doing the deed' and going against what you believe will have a negative spiritual, psychological, and emotional effect. In other words it might make you feel guilty, ashamed, depressed and disconnected.

On the contrary, if your views about menstruation are positive and you think period sex is okay, you're more likely to experience positive psychological, emotional, and physical effects when you have it.

Again, it's important to examine your beliefs and figure out whether they are contributing to your sense of well-being or if they are keeping you stuck in a cycle of self-loathing, anxiety, and shame.

As with anything pertaining to your body or sexuality, period sex is a personal choice — and it's crucial that you make choices that you're comfortable with.

Period Sex: The Ins & Outs

This section contains everything you need to know about period sex to help you make informed, responsible decisions.

Potential benefits of period sex

Let's explore some potential benefits of having sex during menstruation:

1. May relieve menstrual cramps

Orgasms cause the uterus to contract, which can help relieve menstrual cramps and shorten your period. That's not all, the feel-good hormones released after sex can improve your mood, headaches, and other menstrual symptoms.

2. May increase sexual desire and response

During menstruation, levels of hormones such as estrogen and progesterone in the body fluctuate. As a result of these changes, your sexual desire may increase.

The feeling of fullness in your pelvic area may also lead to higher levels of sexual arousal.

Menstrual blood is a natural lubricant, and like many women, you may experience more intense orgasms, too.

3. May facilitate bonding with a partner

Period sex can release oxytocin, the love hormone, and help you bond with your partner.

4. May promote a sense of empowerment

Breaking taboos or societal norms around menstruation and sex can be empowering and may help you feel more positive about your body and sexuality.

5. May encourage intimacy

A positive attitude toward menstruation can encourage greater intimacy between you and your partner. As you come to understand your cycle together, this promotes trust and acceptance.

Potential drawbacks of period sex

Now, for the potential drawbacks of having sex during menstruation:

  1. It’s less spontaneous

Period sex can get messy, especially if you have a heavy flow. This alone tends to make most women nervous and can take the spontaneity and fun out of things.

Prior planning, towels or dark sheets will ease some of your anxiety and make you feel less self-conscious. Better still, consider sex in the bath or shower; it'll certainly make cleaning up a lot easier.

2. Potential pain and adjustments necessary

Certain positions might be uncomfortable or painful during your period. And you may not want to do some of the things you normally enjoy. That's okay too, as there is no right or wrong way to have sex during your period. Experiment and figure out what works for you.

Be sure to remove any tampons or menstrual cups before getting down to business. A 'lost' or forgotten tampon can turn into a pesky situation and you’ll need to see a doctor to have it taken out.

If you experience severe pain due to dysmenorrhea or endometriosis, even sex, which can often relieve cramping, might be unbearable.

Always listen to your body and discuss things openly with your partner. If your period is making sex and other daily activities unmanageable, seek professional help.

3. You still need to be safe

Period sex does not increase the risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). However, as with any other time, it’s crucial that you practice safe sex to protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

4. You can get pregnant

Contrary to popular belief, there’s still a risk of falling pregnant while you’re on your period. If your cycle is shorter than average (say, 22 days instead of 28) you'll ovulate soon after getting your period. As sperm can survive up to seven days in your body, this ups your odds of conceiving. So, unless you're actively trying to get pregnant, make sure you’re practicing safe sex.

The Verdict

The spiritual effect of having sex on your period will stem from the views you hold about menstruation and sex during menstruation.

At the end of the day, the choice to have sex on your period is your own, and it's important to understand the potential benefits or drawbacks.

Make informed decisions, stay safe and do what feels right for you.

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