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Masturbating during your period: Is it okay?

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Written by Jennifer Gray

Jennifer Gray

Jennifer Gray is an award-winning writer with more than five years’ experience covering reproductive topics ranging from birth control to planning pregnancy. She is passionate about providing women with accurate information grounded in science they can use to take charge of their own health - while also dispelling myths that exist within the field of women’s health. She holds a Master of Science from the University of Edinburgh and currently lives in Ireland.

Fact checked by Jack Pearson, Medical Affairs Manager at Natural Cycles

Jack Pearson

Dr. Jack Pearson is a previously HCPC registered Embryologist with a PhD in reproductive medicine. Prior to joining Natural Cycles leading Medical Affairs, he worked for more than 10 years in a clinical setting working at some of the busiest fertility clinics in the UK. Today he spends most of his time working with experts at the world’s leading institutions to carry out important research with the vision to further the field of female health. He earned his PhD from the University of Sheffield specializing in Sperm Metabolism and currently lives in London.

Key takeaways:

  • There’s evidence to suggest that having an orgasm while you’re on your period can help relieve cramps, plus it may have other added health benefits
  • You may want to take some extra steps to prepare for masturbating on your period, such as using lube or putting a towel down beforehand
  • Period blood isn’t harmful or dirty, but it’s important to clean all sex toys or wash your hands before and after masturbation to help prevent infection at all points in the cycle

Masturbating on your period isn’t shameful or dangerous in any way. In fact there can be some perks to this type of self-pleasure. In this article, we’ll dig deeper into this topic, explore some of the benefits of masturbation during menstruation, and offer some tips on how to get started. Read on to learn more…

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