The Sex Question of the Day is…

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Is a condom necessary if you have sex while on your period?

Dr. Sawyer: While getting pregnant is highly unlikely if you have sex during your period, it’s not totally impossible, so you might want to use a condom anyway.  Additionally, sex during menstruation might increase the risk of transmitting a sexually transmitted infection, so why not use a condom and take care of two potential problems at the same time?


Dr. Robin Sawyer is a professor of health and human sexuality at the University of Maryland. He's the author of Sexpertise: Real Answers to Real Questions About Sex and producer of four films on human sexuality. Want his answers? Send your questions to [email protected]. We’ll keep it confidential.

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