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3 Health Risks Of Having Intercourse During Your Period

Risk of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

A major concern of having intercourse during your period is the risk of contracting (or spreading) an STI such as Hepatitis or HIV. These viruses are blood-borne, and are spread through contact via infected menses blood.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, " It's crucial to practice safe intercourse while you're having your period because you could still get or transmit an STI, like HIV, during this time."

Though utilizing condoms could decrease your risk of getting an STI. It is imperative that your partner wears on a latex condom to decrease your risks of getting pregnant and getting an STI.

Forgotten Tampon

If you are the type that likes to wear tampons during your menstruation; and you intend in having intercourse during your period. Always ensure you remove your tampon beforehand. Because the forgotten tampon could be pushed far up into your vulva during intercourse. And then you’ll require immediate medical attention to have it removed to prevent any future complications and infections.

Risk of Pregnancy

If you are not ready to conceive, then use protection (at any time during your cycle). Your risks of getting pregnant are lower during your period flow, but it is still very possible to become pregnant during your period. Every woman’s period cycle (length of days) is different; and the length could alter monthly. That is why if you have a short period cycle, your risk of becoming pregnant during your period is very high.

Also the male sperm can survive up to 5 days in your body. According to Everyday Health, " You can get pregnant during your period, especially if you have a shorter menstrual cycle (21 to 24 days) and you have intercourse toward the end of your period."

So a woman with a 22-days cycle would likely ovulate soon after having her period. She has a high chance of releasing an egg while the sperm is still in her reproductive tract. Then fertilization occurs and she's pregnant.

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