Shark Week. The Crimson Wave. Auntie Flo. The Blob… Whatever you like to call it, it happens to approximately 50% of the world’s population. For me, I just call it a period – I don’t mess around.
And also for me, I couldn’t care less whether I’m on my period or not. Given that horniness tends to rise when those lucky people blessed with a uterus start to bleed, why let it stand in your way?
It seems that I’m not alone!
Research conducted by leading lingerie and erotic high-street retailer Ann Summers – and if you’ve followed S&LC for a while you’ll know they’re one of our favourites – has revealed that women are embracing their periods and not letting old-fashioned taboos surrounding period sex get in the way of pleasure when it comes to that time of the month.
A survey of nearly 700 Brits discovered that attitudes are changing when it comes to indulging in period sex – so much so that a whopping 70% of couples recommend getting down and messy under the sheets when Aunt Flo comes to town.
When asked whether they are open to having sex while on their period, 86% of women admitted they’ve tried it. A further 71% claimed to have masturbated while on their period – 52% using a sex toy.
But hold on a sec, this is where things start to get a little more interesting…
The results of the Ann Summers survey showed that MEN were more likely to initiate period sex. SAY WHAT?!
Personally, I think this is awesome. And shows a massive shift in views.
55% of men said that they had initiated sex during their partner’s period.
Not only that, but participants also seemed happy to encourage others to follow in their footsteps. 70% of men and women said they would recommend getting down to it any time of the month and we don’t blame them – there are plenty of reasons to get on board.
Also uncovered were the names British people use to describe their menstrual cycle, below are 10 of the most popular…
- Shark Week
- The Rag
- The Curse
- Mother Nature
- Bitch Week
- The Crimson Wave
From the numerous benefits to staying safe and the best positions for pleasure rather than pain (because nobody likes cramps), read the full guide here to discover how to feel good every time of the month.
Eve Fifer, Ann Summers’ in-house sexpert and Head of Sex Toys, commented on the survey’s findings:
“We’re pleased to see the changing attitudes of the British public – open minds make for better sex lives.
“Anyone who has a period knows that it isn’t the best time of the month! The cramps are painful and the bloating can make you feel unsexy, yet we can still be raring to go. The benefits of period sex are widespread – orgasms can act as a pain reliever, and the increased connection and intimacy with their partner can be just what they need at this time. That’s worth a little mess in our opinion.”
In my opinion? Go for it! It’s only a little big of blood – it won’t kill you! Or you could just jump in the shower and have super hot shower sex?
By Megan Crehan