How Your Orgasms Change Throughout Your Mentrual Cycle

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Another great reason to track your menstrual cycle.

How Your Orgasms Change Throughout Your Mentrual Cycle

As anyone who has experienced a period will know, menstrual cycles are a complicated business. Not only can cycles be unpredictable — even the best period monitoring app in the world can’t seem to tell me when I’m ovulating — they can also affect a person’s .

I often on my period and am a big believer in as often as possible, mainly because it makes my body feel so much better (the healing powers and painkilling properties of ). But one thing I’ve noticed is that my change in intensity and sensation throughout my menstrual cycle. While one week I might experience intense and full body , the next week the climax could be altogether duller and muted.

According to Psychology Today, several studies have determined that a person’s menstrual cycle has an automatic effect on their orgasms. As the publication notes, the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, conducted a survey charting 115 women, aged between 23 to 45, and that “the women reported significantly more interest in and greater satisfaction from orgasm at mid-cycle.” Similarly, Dutch researchers found that “genital blood flow increased the most around the time of ovulation,” leading to stronger orgasms.

As Psychology Today concludes, there’s a definite link between women’s orgasms and their menstrual cycles.

How Your Orgasms Change Throughout Your Mentrual Cycle

Redbook spoke to Dr. Jamie Knopman who said, “The cervix also changes around the time of ovulation—its becomes more ‘comfortable’ when you are ovulating, making intercourse less uncomfortable.” Basically, changes happening in your body linked to your menstrual cycle could be making sex better and the chances of having an orgasm.

The creators behind the period tracking app Glow shared their research with SheKnows, taking “7.6 million sexual encounters into consideration.” According to their findings, “orgasm potential is directly related to when you get your period.” While the exact timing of the perfect orgasm might vary from person to person, Glow’s research suggests that most women will be at their horniest one week before their period. And the scientific reason for this? “Because while a ’s testosterone levels drop then, her increases, because her uterine lining is thickening.”

So the science might not sound sexy, but the changes in testosterone levels make sense.

For me, my orgasms vary massively depending on how my body is feeling, altered by both my menstrual cycle and my chronic illness. Consistently, my orgasms feel less intense in the week leading up to my period, despite sex still being enjoyable. When I reach the climax, during this time, my orgasms often feel zapped of intensity, or they fail to send in all of the directions it’s meant to go. Conversely, during and right after my period my orgasm usually feel fuller, more powerful, and filled with twanging muscle spasms.

That there’s a reason for these changes, and a pattern that develops each month, is reassuring.