Just as every woman is different, as is every woman’s cycle and the effect it can have on her sex drive, her sexual satisfaction, and her sexual well being. Equally as important is the impact the menstrual cycle can have on how wet you get at different times of the month. Add all these factors together and you may find that sex differs greatly at different points in the month.
Essentially, how sex feels can change throughout your cycle therefore, it’s important to understand the changes in your body and realise your totally normal, sexual needs.
Want to know more about getting the most out of sex throughout your cycle? In this article, we take a closer look at the menstrual cycle and how it can affect sex drive and your natural vaginal lubrication. We’ll also look at how certain products, such as Durex Naturals Condoms, can help to promote a happy and healthy sex life on those drier days or whatever stage of the menstrual cycle you find yourself in.
What is the menstrual cycle?
The menstrual cycle refers to the span of time measured from the first day of a woman’s period to the day before the next period. The cycle itself is controlled by hormones and, in each cycle, these hormones cause the ovary to develop and release an egg (ovulation). The womb lining also starts to thicken.
For many women, the menstrual cycle happens every 28 days however, the term of a cycle varies anything between 21 to 40 days. The period itself is made up of blood and womb lining and typically lasts around 2 to 7 days.
How can the menstrual cycle affect sex?
Everyone woman is different when it comes to her sex drive and how sex feels throughout her cycle. You may have noticed a pattern in how much you crave sex during your cycle, or you may have noticed that sex feels a lot different at certain points in the month.
For up to two thirds of the month, you might also notice you are naturally drier down there as a result of your menstrual cycle; we’re here to tell you that it is completely normal. The use of lubrication or lubricated condoms can be a great way to counteract those slightly drier days.
The Durex Naturals range: designed with you in mind
Here at Durex, we have a wide range of products designed for you. If you do find you tend to get a little dry at certain times during the month, our Naturals Condom & Naturals Lubes are here to help support you with natural feeling lubrication.
Durex Naturals condoms, for example, provide a wonderful smoothness whilst maintaining your safety as effectively as any other condom would. Durex Naturals are coated with a 98% natural ingredients, water-based lube and contain no artificial flavours or colours, making them the perfect choice if such things are a concern for you or your partner.
Can I have sex on my period?
Yes, you can have sex on your period. Sex during your period can be very fulfilling and, owing to the change in the balance of hormones, you may even experience new sensations. Of course, the presence of menstrual blood might be something you or your partner may not feel comfortable with, in which case, you could try anal or oral play instead.
It’s also worth bearing in mind that, while pregnancy may be less likely in the earlier days of your period, the chances of becoming pregnant do gradually increase as your period progresses. If you are planning on having sex during your period, just remember, safety is just as important as it would be at any other time during the month. Not only can you still get pregnant, but you are also still at risk from sexually transmitted infections (STIs), so it’s important to use a condom.
Why does sex sometimes hurt during a cycle?
When you become sexually aroused, your vagina produces its own lubrication and, in the time building up your period, you may find you become more lubricated or become lubricated faster. You may also find that, during other times in your cycle, you produce natural lubrication less easily, which can sometimes cause discomfort during penetration.
In instances such as these, the use of lubrication or a lubricated condom, such as the Durex Naturals condom, can be a great way to ensure sex remains comfortable throughout your cycle.
Dryness is of course not the only cause of discomfort or pain during sex. If you do experience new or ongoing pain during vaginal sex, you should seek the assistance of your GP or another medically trained professional. They should be able to assist with finding the underlying cause for discomfort or pain and plan treatment accordingly.
Got more questions when it comes to your cycle? Head over to our Explore Sex blog where we discuss everything from how irregular periods can affect your sex life to the top tips for easing painful sex. Ready to discover the exciting range of condoms available online with Durex? From the Durex Naturals range to our flavoured condoms, there really is something for all tastes.
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