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Can Orgasms Relieve Period Pain?

Do you pop pills or hug a water bottle when you have your period? Maybe you just lay in bed and feel sorry for yourself.

Either way, period pain is common (Research shows that anywhere between 16-91% of women report pain during their periods at some point in their life) And, it sucks. We have guud news for you ladies! There is something that’s been proven to help alleviate period pain… orgasms!

Umm… what?

Yes, it’s true. While some women report an increased sex drive when they are on their periods, we know that the thought of getting down and dirty when you’re bleeding isn’t for everyone.

But Mother Nature, in all her wisdom, might be onto something here. Right before menstruation, estrogen and progesterone levels drop. After the first days of your period, estrogen starts to rise again and progesterone is still low. This promotes libido and desire.

And, if you act on your urges, you may find that your hot water bottle is no longer needed!

How can orgasms help period pain?

When you orgasm, you release a burst of endorphins including serotonin and dopamine, also known as the “feel-good” hormones. These hormones act as a natural painkiller and boost your pain tolerance. You can actually alleviate pain with your own natural drugs!

Orgasms also increase blood flow to your uterus and this can help relieve period cramps. It can even help get rid of stress, enhance relaxation and help you sleep better. Sign me up, please!

read more about how stress affects your period

And it’s not just sex. Masturbation will produce the same effect as long as you have an orgasm.

Scientists still don’t fully understand every role that endorphins play in our body, but we do know that they’re vital in reducing pain and promoting pleasure.

Can you have sex on your period?

Despite the fact that sex on your period has been a long-standing taboo, the answer is yes, you can have sex when you have your period.

There’s no reason why you should avoid sex (or masturbation) when you’re menstruating (unless of course, you just don’t feel like it!)

But a word of warning: you can still contract an STI or get pregnant, even when you’re on your period, so period sex is not an excuse to skip protection!

The Power of the Big O

This post is all about orgasms and period pain, but orgasms in general are great for a variety of reasons. This study shows that orgasms can actually help relieve symptoms of stress.

Guud Expert Leen S adds:

“Pleasure is so healing, orgasms are super beneficial for your physical, mental AND emotional health, all of which are connected.For those of you who are fitness minded, sexual activity burns quite a few calories and boosts your metabolism. Regular sex improves your immune function, helps you to sleep better and reduces stress. Studies over many years have confirmed a correlation between regular sex and longevity. Our bodies produce a natural form of amphetamine (or “uppers”), called phenylethylamine (PEA). Too low PEA leads to depression. It is nicknamed the “romance hormone” because it is high during early romance, the so-called honeymoon phase that you might look back at with nostalgia. But here is good news: it also peaks with orgasm. You can get high on your orgasm AND feed the fire in your long term relationship. The “anti-aging” hormone, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) protects the immune system and may lower cholesterol and you may have guessed it, it peaks at orgasm as well!

Testosterone, lastly, is the sex hormone with which you are likely most familiar. It is a potent contributor to sex drive in both women and men. It is increased by sexual thoughts and activity, a feedback loop similar to oxytocin’s. So … the more sexual thoughts or erotic activity that you have today, the more that you will want to have tomorrow. So if your libido is low … you now know what you can do about that.”

It’s important to note that orgasms change in intensity and sensation throughout your cycle. One week, your orgasm might be explosive and other times, it could be a little more subtle. 

“This is related to your cycle but also to your emotional, energetic state AND your knowledge of your own body” says Leen. 

“It is crucial to develop your body sensitivity. That way you can feel what you want & need: some days you might desire penetration quickly (during ovulation). I have seen, though, that most of the time women prefer long foreplay, slowness, warming up their ENTIRE bodies and not just rushing and focussing only on the vagina and penetration. In the Taoist tradition this is explained because as women we have a Yin core which means that we warm up slowly but … when we are warm, we can go for a long time. Oh yeah. A second element is your state of relaxation and surrender. This defines how deep you can sink into your own body and your orgasmic states. 

Many women need to train themselves to open more and more to deeper orgasms, being able to stay focussed on their own pleasure, letting go of control, and being wild. This requires self-pleasure practice, good communication with your partner and … safety.”

Our Guud expert Leen S concludes with the following:

“I would be careful tracking your orgasms because it can risk creating a hierarchy between orgasms (the good ones and less strong ones). I think it is very important that you celebrate every moment of pleasure your amazing body offers you. This is especially important because so many women are critical of their bodies, conditioned by high beauty standards. So get curious about the different types of orgasms you can have and open your mind to include ALL sensations and experiences as erotically relevant. Indeed, there is more than our all-time favourite pleasure spaceship, the clitoris. Different orgasms such as: G-Spot, cervical, nipple, heart, throat, anus, full body … can shoot you into orgasmic heaven in so many powerful and different ways. 

Bottom line is: woman you have an incredible orgasmic potential. It is time for you to start tapping into that because it will make you more self-confident, happy and in love with yourself and life."

Still not convinced?

As if we need to give you more reasons to have sex, but if you’re still not feeling a little curious about the power of orgasms beyond the obvious immediate pleasure, here are six reasons to go wild:

  1. Orgasms (through sex or masturbation) are scientifically proven to help relieve pain.
  2. Orgasms can make you feel good and help boost your mood through the release of endorphins.
  3. Orgasms could lead to better sleep.
  4. Orgasms when you’re on your period can be stronger and longer. Don’t believe us? Go on, surprise yourself!
  5. Orgasms can potentially shorten your cycle due to your uterus contracting.
  6. Orgasmic women have more self-confidence and feel more self-love!
  7. It’s fun! Do you need more of a reason?