Considering the widespread disgust and horror at the idea of period $ex, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that people are intensely grossed out by the concept of going down on someone who’s menstruating.
After all, if they’re too freaked out to put their penis in a vagina that’s shedding its lining, they’re likely going to get a bit funny about putting their mouth around one, too.
But we’ll never move forward on our path to having the best $ex lives possible if we wait for everyone on the planet to accept one $exual practice before we move on to another.
So in the interests of pursuing great $ex and orgasms, let’s get real about going down to period town.
By which I mean licking someone’s vulva and vagina when they’re menstruating.
There’s absolutely, totally, definitively, nothing wrong with going down on someone when they’re on their period.
There’s nothing gross about it. Nothing dirty. Nothing disgusting.
If it’s not for you, that’s fine. If you don’t feel even a tiny bit $exy on your period, you go ahead and skip oral. If you just don’t like to idea of getting menstrual fluids on your nose, whatever.
But if your refusal to give or receive oral on a period is down to the ‘ick’ factor, that needs to be addressed.
There is nothing dirty or unhygienic in any way about period blood.
Menstrual fluids are just blood, uterine lining, and regular vag!nal discharge. They’re not toxic or pure evil. They’re just something that comes out of the vagina, and are entirely natural and healthy.
Nothing bad will happen if these fluids make their way on to your tongue, hands, or face.
And realistically, you probably won’t get much period blood on your tongue, hands, or face in the first place – not as much as the blood bath you’re imagining, anyway.
If you’re worried about mess – or don’t like the idea of greeting your $exual partner with a blood smeared face post-orgasm – just stick to the clitoris.
You can lick and suck away without actually getting all up in the vag, and if you’re really worried some blood may make its way out, you can use a tampon while you do that.
Even if you do shove your tongue deep inside and get on with things, it’s unlikely you’ll get that much blood gushing out.
The average person loses between 30-40ml of blood during a period (meaning over the course of seven days), which is hardly anything. Reduce that time to the twenty minutes or so that you’re going down, and you’re really looking at a few smudges of blood – unless the person you’re going down on experiences a particularly heavy flow.
For and against: Period $ex
But the reasons you should consider going downtown on someone’s period go beyond ‘it’s not bad, promise’.
It’s down to making people feel good when their period is likely making them feel a bit rubbish.
Having an orgasm can alleviate cramps, reduce pain, and even shorten the length of a period (thanks to the contractions of the uterus, which make the lining and blood come out faster).
It also boosts your mood, reducing any PMS-related moodiness in the process, and makes you feel $exier when you’re often feeling a bit bloated and crap.
Receiving oral when you’re on your period makes the most of all that period time horniness (yes, loads of us are extra turned on around our period time, it’s not just you), and the lingering feelings of ‘is this okay? Is everyone else doing this?’ makes it feel a little taboo.*
*Hopefully one day it won’t be taboo, but for now we can enjoy that bit as a turn-on.
Oh, and it’s hot. Really hot, just like any other glorious oral session.
It shows that you’re not bothered about blood or other entirely normal bits of the vagina, which is always attractive, and proves that you actually care about making your $ex buddy feel good.
Makes a nice change from suggesting that they should just go down on you when they’re menstruating, no? And makes up for all the times you might have suggested anal because you ‘couldn’t’ have vag!nal $ex during shark week