Masturbating during your period

Clár T.
Jan 30, 2018 · 4 min read

Lubricant helps.

Touching, pressing, or massaging your genitals with your fingers, or with an object such as a sex toy, can be sexually satisfying and can lead to orgasm. Arousal fluid, personal lubricant (lube), and/or menstrual blood can help make masturbation a more pleasurable experience. But before you start, be sure to wash your hands and/or the objects, to prevent possible vaginal or urethral infections.

What about using a tampon or menstrual cup?

You can still masturbate if you’re using a tampon or menstrual cup. Using lube can be helpful here if you’re experiencing skin chaffing or irritation, as the tampon or menstrual cup might be absorbing the fluids that would smooth the process along. Try directly stimulating the clitoris, nipples, and/or the other parts of the vulva. The clitoris is the primary source of female sexual pleasure and is located above the vaginal canal and urethra (5–7).

What if I’m not using a tampon or menstrual cup?

If you’re not using a tampon or menstrual cup, you can try including stimulation to the vagina (remember: the vulva is all of your external genital organs, while the vagina is specifically the canal between the uterus and vulva). Find out what feels good for you. If you’re inserting fingers into your vagina, you can keep tissues nearby in case you need to clean up any menstrual blood.

Are there any risks?

If you’re masturbating with a partner (mutual masturbation) and touching each others’ genitals to and fro, there’s a still a possible risk of pregnancy (if ejaculate gets into the vagina and you’re in your fertile window) and/or STIs (with an untested or new sexual partner). However, research has found the probability of being in your fertile window on the first couple of days of your period is close to zero, and may rise to about 2% on day four (12).


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