Sex During Your Period
My husband says that we can have unprotected sex during my period
and I can not become pregnant. It is true?
A woman is least likely to get pregnant during her period. During
menstruation a woman's body is flushing out both the unfertilized egg
and the lining her body prepared for the possibility of a fertilized egg, so
it is quite difficult to get pregnant during this time. Yet it is not
impossible. Sperm can reside inside of a woman's body for several
days after sex, and a very slim chance exists that these several days
will extend into the beginning of a woman's fertile period.
The greater risk involved with having unprotected sex during a
woman's period is that she has mistaken spotting or other midcycle
bleeding for her period. If this is the case, then a woman may be
having unprotected sex at a time when she is very much fertile. It is
also essential to remember that menstruation does not protect either
partner from contracting HIV or a STD! Both menstrual blood and
vaginal secretions can transmit STDs and HIV, exposing the partner of
any HIV+ woman to greater risk. Also, many women with Herpes
experience flare-ups during menstruation, making themselves more
vulnerable to HIV or other STD infection through open sores and their
partner more vulnerable to Herpes. There is also some debate over
whether sex during menstruation exposes a woman to higher risk of
pelvic inflammatory disease. It is always best to practice safe sex!