As well as the obvious fluid that is released during a period, women also often secrete further bodily fluids around this time too. These fluids can offer extra natural lubrication which can be beneficial during sex and can reduce the need for additional lubes to be used. If there becomes a point during sex where the amount of natural lubrication is getting too heavy, then why not take a break and encourage your partner to go and fetch some drinks or an intimate massager, whilst you go to tidy up and get ready for round two.
Despite many myths, the fact is that you can still get pregnant whilst on your period. The probabilities are lower than other times; however, they are still there. Sperm can stay alive for up to 5 days inside the woman and therefore if she ovulates an egg can still be fertilised. If you want to be protected then always use protection even during your period. Both partners are also at risk of transmitting and receiving STIs, including HIV and hepatitis. Therefore, no matter what time of the month it is, condoms are a protective way to help prevent the spreading of these infections during sex.
One of the biggest things that puts couples off period sex is the thought of the potential mess that could entail. Therefore, it is helpful to prepare in advance to minimise accidents. No one wants stains on their white cotton bed sheets, so lay down some dark towels on top of the sheets if you plan to have sex on the bed. Also avoid having sex on the floor if you don't want stains spilling onto your light coloured carpets. Another good option is to have sex in the shower, which is not only the cleanest option, but can also offer an exciting change of scenery and give a chance to get hot and steamy in a different environment.