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Intercourse During Periods – Ayurvedic View

“Is it safe to have intercourse during periods”  is one of the most debated topics. There are those who say, it is fine, and there are those who are skeptical about sex during periods. Before we get into whether it is ok or not, let’s get rid of some of the myths about sex during periods.

myth no. 1 – Sex during period causes AIDS. This is really an absurd myth. unsafe sex with people who have already contracted with HIV causes the infection.

myth no.2 – Intercourse during period causes spread of  sexually transmitted diseases. No. unsafe sex with those having STD causes the spread of the disease.

myth no.3 – Sex during period is a sin. No, as long as it is done between husband and wife, with mutual consent.

So, once we have got myths out of our brains, here are some of the arguments regarding whether or not, sex during period is safe.

1. Many modern health experts say that it is no wrong to have intercourse during menstrual period. Since menstrual cycle is a natural phenomenon and the during periods, there is only the outflow of superficial layer of uterine endometrium, there is no harm to have sex during periods.

2. There are some experts believing that – sex during periods might cause the reverse flow of the menstrual blood (shed layer of uterine endometrium) through fallopian tubes and may end up in a condition called as Endometriosis. where in the pieces of uterine endometrium (superficial detached layer) gets lodged on to other body parts such as ovary, intestines, etc. causing abdominal pain during periods and other symptoms.

3. Ayurveda explains the act of sex aggravates Vata factor. During menstrual flow also, there is aggravation of Vata and Pitta. So, act of sex, during periods, would aggravate Vata to a greater extent causing pain and other complications.
As per Charaka Samhita Sutrasthana 25th chapter,

Having sex during period is inauspicious, unhealthy 
My personal advice –
Don’t you think just resting yourself for those 3-4 days is a better idea? Just a thought.

Further notes by Dr Raghuram MD (Ayu)
Ayurveda has posed certain restrictions to be followed during menstrual cycle in terms of mode of living, diet and behavior. She has to follow these regulations and restrictions so as to keep her fit and healthy during rest of the month. This is also important if the woman plans to conceive after the menstruation of that cycle stops i.e. after the cessation of bleeding during that month.

Among many restrictions, Ayurveda has emphasized restrictions on physical union i.e. coitus during the active bleeding days of menstrual cycle.

Effect of coitus performed during menstruation
Physical union is contraindicated to woman during her menstruation. If she does have, it will lead to many complications.

If copulation occurs on the first day of menstruation, the life span of husband shortens. If coitus takes place with menstruating woman on any day, then also the life span of the husband shortens. His eye sight and tejas i.e. glory, luster, attractiveness declines. This also becomes the act of unrighteousness.

Entry of sperms into the woman’s genital tract during menstrual flow is not good because the sperms would be travelling against the direction of flow of menstrual blood and will be futile.

This is explained with the help of a simily. Just like an article thrown in the flowing river against its current never reaches upwards, similarly sperms deposited during menstruation do not reach uterus. Therefore the woman should avoid coitus for three days of her menstruation.

Below mentioned are the effects on the child impregnated or conceived during these four days of menstruation –
First day – No pregnancy or intra-uterine death of fetus or death of fetus immediately after birth
Second day – Either abortion or intrauterine death or death immediately after birth or within few days of delivery occurs
Third day – Deficient or defective body parts and short lived
Fourth day – Child born with all the body parts, normal, healthy.

Consult Dr JV Hebbar

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