Some rough math points out that the average woman will spend about 6.25 years of her life on her period. That's such a long time. And it seems even longer if you consider those 6.25 years as a sex vacation, which, honestly, why would you?! Period sex is great—some people even prefer it.
You don't need to alter your sex life during the time of the month when your ~sPeCiAl GiFt~ is in town. Period sex is the same as normal sex, but with an added ... friend. But just in case you're worried about staining your sheets, there are a few ways you can #hack your sex life to make period sex a bit less messy—no towel necessary.
1. Use the shower like it's a sterile sex cave.
The shower is a place of cleanliness and hygiene, unless of course you're using it for period sex. In which case it's a place for a bloody bone fest. It's honestly like showers were created for period sex. They're covered in easily washable tile, they echo super well, and the water washes away all evidence of your sexing like it never even happened. How magical.
2. Doggy style, like two horned-up animals.
Period sex is even more primal than regular sex. So why not take advantage and really go for it? This keeps your vagina off the bed and lets him control how deep and slow the thrusting is, which can feel especially great during your period.
3. Pretend your boyfriend is actually a superhero and make him hold you up against the wall.
If you're sexing someone who can pull this off, take advantage of it every damn day, TBH. Up against the wall sex is super hot, and as an added bonus, it's impossible to make a mess on your sheets if you aren't even in the bed. Be mindful if you share a wall with any roommates. Or also just don't. If they're bothered by your ~stellar sex life~, they can leave.
4. Mix up missionary until it's basically just a yoga move.
Missionary has a bad and undeserved reputation as the default sex move for "square heteros." But like all the embarrassing songs you love to sing at karaoke, it's popular for a reason. To make it less ~messy~, have him kneel on the bed and hook your ankles over his shoulders until your hips, butt, and bleeding vagina are fully lifted off the bed. Not only is this great for deep, mess-free sex, it also serves as a stretch for your hamstrings. Sex yoga.
5. Use a soft menstrual cup.
Disclaimer: I haven't tested this move out myself, and I've heard mixed reviews from friends (like, the cup coming out during sex). But for some magical women, a soft, disposable menstrual cup prevents a guy from even knowing you're on your period. The thing basically just wraps itself around your cervix and hangs out up there during sex. Totally up to you if you want to keep your menstruation a ~mystery~ but your partner might notice he's bumping into something squishy.
6. Hang your ass off the edge of the bed.
This is so simple it's insane. If you don't want to make a mess on the bed, just move to the edge of it! From there he can do you any which way.
7. If he's squeamish, try a blindfold.
If looking at blood makes you and your partner feel a little queasy, maybe just don't look at it! Blindfold sex is fun because you get to focus on other sensations, like touch. Mainly just touch. And in this case, you can use it to totally forget about the fact that a Niagara Falls of blood is spouting from your vag.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.