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Too shy to ask about sex? A gynaecologist gives us the answers

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Q: IS IT SAFE TO HAVE SEX DURING MY PERIOD?

If you are in a monogamous relationship and you’re up for it, Dr Shilla said: Generally, yes. 

It may be a little messy but sex during your period may even relieve menstrual cramps and fatigue. This is because orgasms trigger the release of endorphins, or the body’s “feel good” hormones that alleviate pain, lower stress, improve your mood and enhance your sense of well-being. 

However, having sex during your period has risks. It can lead to an increased risk of transmitting blood-borne diseases, including sexually transmitted illnesses (STIs) such as HIV and hepatitis. During your period, the cervix is also slightly more open so lower genital tract infections may travel upwards and cause pelvic inflammatory disease, Dr Shilla said.

She advised that couples use protection to be safe. And if you’re in multiple sexual relationships, it’s advisable to avoid sex altogether during your period. 

Q: CAN I HAVE SEX WHILE PREGNANT?  

“Yes,” Dr Shilla said. “If you are in the mood for it, go for it – it is very normal for couples to have sex throughout pregnancy.”

When you’re expecting, your growing baby won’t be affected by your sexual activity. The baby is protected by the amniotic fluid in the uterus and the strong muscles of the uterus. So it’s generally safe to have comfortable sex at any stage of pregnancy, even when you’re close to or have passed your estimated delivery date. 

Unless you have a high-risk pregnancy like a low-lying placenta or a short cervix, or your gynaecologist advises you against sex, it’s even encouraged to have sex during pregnancy. The “feel good” hormones can help lift your mood and alleviate any discomfort, said Dr Shilla. 

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