Sex Advice

Dear Dr. Locker: Can having sex without a condom during a woman's period cause any physical problems?

Answer from Dr. Locker

During a woman’s period, her cervix (which is at the back of her vaginal canal and leads to her reproductive organs) is more open than usual because blood is passing out of it. If you ejaculate inside her without wearing a condom, and you have any type of sexually transmitted infection that is passed from your semen (such as HIV, Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and others) then she has a greater risk of contracting the disease. Therefore, there may be a physical risk to her – unless you use condoms. If you don’t use condoms, this could cause a problem for you, too. If she has HIV or a sexually transmitted infection, including syphilis and Chlamydia, it will be carried in the menstrual blood often in a higher concentration than in the vaginal secretions, and because there will be more blood around, you will have a higher risk of getting it from her. Be safer; use condoms. (By the way, another physical issue it could cause for you, is getting blood where you’d least like to have it.)

For more information, you may want to read my answers to these questions:

* How does HIV get into your body?

* How can I bring up the topic of using condoms with someone I'm dating?

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