While it might not be for everyone, if you’ve ever masturbated or had sex on your period to reach a body-shuddering orgasm, you might have been surprised to find your period ended rather soon. Despite only being on day one or two, by the next morning things aren’t as heavy down there, and before you know it, you’re ditching the pads and tampons completely. As it turns out, you’re not alone in the phenomenon. There’s a good reason we feel horny on our periods, as the changing level of oestrogen during menstruation can boost libido. But if you follow your instincts and desires, you can actually unlock a number of benefits when it comes to how the orgasm impacts our periods. So, whether you’re exploring solo via masturbation and sex toys or doing it with a partner, here’s how reaching orgasm can help with your period.
It can relieve period pain
When we climax, a number of chemicals are released. These include dopamine, a chemical messenger involved in pain processing in our brain. Think of it as nature’s painkiller; by releasing dopamine, we in turn increase our pain tolerance. This mood-enhancing hormone that’s released while having an orgasm is incredibly effective in curing menstrual cramps, meaning you can forget about reaching for that paracetamol on your nightstand.
As well as dopamine, orgasms also work to increase blood flow. The blood rushes to the uterus and helps relieve the cramps and, along with the release of endorphins, releases stress, helping us to relax better post-sex, too.
It can help end your period quicker
No, you’re not imaging things. Orgasms really can help make our period end quicker. Thanks to the release of the chemical oxytocin, a hormone that controls our uterus, this release helps our uterus to contract during orgasm, pushing out blood. In an interview with Metro, Dee Fenner, M.D., director of gynaecology at the University of Michigan, explains: “Although no studies have been done on this, it’s likely that menstrual blood in the uterus is squeezed out during orgasm.”
We can have better orgasms on our period
While orgasms can certainly work to make our periods less painful, it’s a two-way street. Periods can also help to make our orgasms even better as the increased blood flow and circulation that occurs during menstruation also works to increase arousal, sensitivity and pleasure. And, it also goes without saying, that blood makes for great lube.
So, with all that in mind, it seems only fitting that the next time you’re menstruating, you take the time to explore and indulge your desires. If you’re worried about the mess though, there are some things you can do that make a huge difference. Menstrual discs or cups are a great starting point, as they sit higher up in our vaginas, blocking the blood from making its way down to where you would insert toys, fingers or your plus one. Do note that these aren’t a form of contraception.