Embrace the Ick Factor
You can also just try to enjoy the fact that periods are messy and sex is messy and having both at the same time is going to be filthy—in a good way. “Lean into the bloodiness, love the bloodiness,” says Engle. “Blood is sexy. It’s feral. If you can get into it and just enjoy the mess and taboo nature of the experience, do it.”
The benefits of period sex are plentiful: Many people with periods experience a huge libido spike, thanks to all the hormones they’re feeling. Sex during your cycle can help to relieve cramps and headaches, and can even make your period shorter, according to Engle. Plus, blood makes for some all-natural lube that washes right off of fingers, toys, and whatever else you play on using.
If that all sounds good to you, then go make a mess.