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How to Talk to Your Partner and Friends About Period Sex

POPSUGAR Australia has partnered with Libra to break the societal expectations, stigmas & taboos.

Period sex is one of those things that a lot of people do but rarely talk about. Why? Because it's shrouded in stigma and shame. In fact, according to national research conducted by Libra, 76% of women would definitely not have sex on their period, so there's obviously something holding us back, right?

While having sex on your period probably isn't something you were explicitly told not to do, it's probably not something you were actively encouraged to do, either. We've come to believe that for 5-7 days of the month, we're not allowed to experience any kind of sexual pleasure, but who actually said that was the rule? After all, life's too short to skip sex for a whole week every month, right?

The worst part is, all the confusion and shame is discouraging us from talking about it.

When we avoid talking about the issues we face as women, we lose our power and our voices — our silence is hurting us more than we know. By avoiding the subject, we're perpetuating the idea that period sex is 'dirty' and 'abnormal' when in reality, menstruation is a natural bodily function that all women experience. In fact, the average woman will have around 450 periods in her lifetime which equates to about 10 years of bleeding. That's a whopping amount of time that we're forgoing sex and I'm fairly certain if someone asked you to abstain for 10 years straight, it'd be a hard no. It's about time we rewrite the rulebook, take back the power and start breaking down the stigma associated with period sex.

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