Many women shy away from period sex, but it may have some benefits. Before you say, "Ew, gross," hear me out.

Menstrual cramps are one of the top complaints associated with your period. The uterus contracts to help shed the lining of the uterus during your period causing the crampy feeling in the lower abdomen. During an orgasm, the uterus will contract but then relax, which can help relieve pain and menstrual cramps. 

Aside from causing a physical reaction of relaxing the uterus, there are feel-good hormones such as endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine that are released during an orgasm. Endorphins activate opioid receptors in the body that are part of the system responsible for controlling pain in your body. You can consider endorphins as natural painkillers. Serotonin and dopamine will also boost your mood and improve your sleep. Whether you're pleasuring yourself with a partner, solo, or using a sex toy, the results are the same. It can be messy, so use a towel and use safe sex practices. If you're feeling adventurous and want to try an alternative to the traditional heating pad for menstrual cramps, give it a try!