You may be wondering about how marriage will change your body, and whether or not engaging in physical intimacy affects your menstrual cycle, hormones, vaginal discharge, and period. What are the myths and facts about menstrual and hormonal changes after marriage?
Q. Will having intercourse affect my period?
Typically, sexual intercourse won’t affect your period, unless you become pregnant. However, you may notice a slight delay in your period after your first intimate encounter. This delay is normal and is usually caused by the stress surrounding your first time.
Q. Will having intercourse reduce my period cramps?
Some research has shown that having intercourse can reduce your period cramps. In fact, it can help on multiple levels. Sex strengthens your pelvic muscles, which increases their resistance to pain. Additionally, orgasmic contractions use up the excess prostaglandins, which means there is less to cause uterine contractions during your period.
Q. Will my hormone levels change after intercourse?
Your hormone levels change on a regular basis, according to what phase of your menstrual cycle you’re in. These changes are normal and help prepare your body for pregnancy.
Additionally, during orgasm, your body will release different types of hormones that affect you physically and emotionally:
- Oxytocin: This hormone is referred to as the “cuddle hormone”, or “love hormone”, because it is associated with pleasure and emotional closeness between you and your husband.
- Vasopressin: This hormone, released during intercourse, also plays a great role in strengthening feelings of romance and long-term commitment.
- Endorphins: Known as “happy hormones”, endorphins create a feeling of overall wellbeing, and are also considered natural pain relievers that reduce cramping.