Period sex is a tricky topic. There's no question that it can be messy, but studies also show that women's sex drives are higher during menstruation. According to research, this is because the combination of an estrogen surge combined with testosterone before you get your period naturally leads to a heightened libido. Other factors may contribute as well, such as the natural lubrication that comes with menstruation—but sometimes both women and men feel a little squeamish at the prospect.
Here, six real people explain exactly how they navigate period sex—if they navigate it at all.