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It is usually not safe to have intercourse during periods. Having sex during periods is actually a matter of personal preference and cultural beliefs. Intercourse during periods may help relieve pre or post menstrual symptoms if you get an orgasm. This happens due to Endorphins being released during an orgasm which are natural painkillers and mood lifters, these help in allaying cramps, headaches, mild depression, and irritability associated with periods
Menstrual discharge contains blood and tissue lining the womb and it does not cause any injury or irritation to the penis.
There are however few risks associated with having intercourse during periods which include:
â¢ The chances of transmission of HIV is higher during periods
â¢ Your chances of contracting an infection, (for e.g. herpes) from your male partner, are higher during your periods.
â¢ Intercourse during menstruation puts you at higher risk of having pelvic inflammatory disease
â¢ A woman is also more likely to pass on other blood-borne diseases such as hepatitis- B or C to her partner during her period
â¢ You are more likely to develop yeast or bacterial infections like candidiasis or bacterial vaginosis because the vagina's pH during menstruation is less acidic.
Hope this helps.
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