Oh, periods. That wonderful time where your body reminds you that it is probably physically capable of making a baby, given the right ingredients. For some women it's an entire week of pain, for others it's simply a few days of mess. However, there is one subject that is guaranteed to raise an eyebrow or two at this time of the month, and that's sex.
There are reasons why having sex while surfing the crimson wave is a really great idea, however, there are also many reasons why it gets forgotten. Orgasms are great for relieving pain but sometimes that pain just gets in the way of you being in the mood for sex in the first place.
Although many women reportedly have an increased sex drive during Shark Week, I know from experience that this isn't always the case. I tend to have a decreased sex drive when the painters are in and I'm pretty sure I can't be the only one. When you're feeling emotionally drained and full of abdominal aches, sometimes curling up under a blanket on the sofa to watch a movie seems like the best plan.
Another reason for taking nookie off the menu when Aunt Flo comes to visit could be an aversion to the mess she brings with her. OK, so it could be said that protection of absorbent surfaces is all that's needed and there should be no shame in getting down and dirty while the communists are in the funhouse. Bit it's not always that simple.
Let's face it, rebooting the ovarian operating system isn't always a clean process. If you don't know what I mean, I have four slightly gross words for you: chunks of womb lining. Some people don't like it and others really couldn't care less, but no one should be making anyone else feel bad for their personal attitudes to menstrual sex.
After all, if the desire is there but less messy sex is required, I bet you can think of plenty of fun things to do whilst riding the cotton pony that actually don't involve penetration. After all, your clitoris is on the outside and I'm pretty sure I can think of plenty of ways to stimulate that.
Whether or not you like the primal feel of a bloody good seeing to, no one should be afraid to talk about it. We should be able to discuss this silly little taboo without fear of judgement. After all, everyone's different and our bodies are amazing. Isn't that fantastic?
Lori Smith is a blogger and the Bitch Buzz Sex & Relationships columnist. If you know of any amusing euphemisms for menstruation that she has not included in this article, please let her know in the comments below.
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