Can I have sex during period?

Yes, you can. And you can even have nonpenetrative sex with your menstrual cup on.

Even some of the most sexually adventurous uterus owners can feel a little overwhelmed when it comes to period sex. This isn’t surprising, giving the taboo placed around periods and the ultra-squeamish nature of people who don’t have periods. But if you’re one of the many people who feels more frisky than usual when you’re bleeding (yes, this is a thing), you should be able to get it on, sans cringing from your S.O.

If your guy (or gal), isn’t thrilled with the idea of messy period sex it may be time to have “the talk” and give them the lowdown on why it’s so awesome. Because, really, having sex while on your period can give you some of the most powerful orgasms, ease your cramps, and even help shorten the length of your flow. Um, how is that not appealing?

Before you get down, though, have a conversation with your honey about doing the bloody deed. If you’re worried this is going to be #awkward, here are some tips to make it easier.