Written by Katie Byrne, published 21st dec 2015
#1 Dark towels are your friend
Lay them on the bed - you know, just in case. Not only will they add an, er, exotic fleecy finish to your bed, they'll also help cover up any mishaps if you (or your partner) are particularly squeamish. Still freaking out? Turn the lights off. And if in doubt...
#2 ...Hop in the shower!
Lovely clean water, everywhere. (As a related FYI, whilst shower water doesn't act as a lubricant, blood, um, does. Totally gross but also kinda useful, no?)
#3 Try positions that will keep you off your back
Think doggy or spooning - basically, anything that will minimise your risk of leaking (although this isn't so much of a concern if you have the towels from point #1 at your disposal). You know. Sexy, sexy leaking... Those in the know also suggest wearing a menstrual cup and asking your partner to be gentle in order to banish leak-worries.
#4 An orgasm can help reduce PMS and cramping
The muscle contractions that occur can soothe your aching uterus, as well as helping lower the intensity of any other associated symptoms, such as headaches and moodswings.
#5 According to a recent poll, 30% of sexually active people have sex whilst on their period
Scientific research has proven women are easier to arouse when menstruating, so no matter how 'gross' you think sex-on-your-period is, it's not as unusual as you might have originally believed. And don't assume it's just you - a different study uncovered that it’s usually the menstruating woman who stops the sex - not her partner.
#6 Sex towards the end of your period = less blood
Because obviously. It's kind of like saying there'll be less wine left in a bottle you've been drinking one-glass-a-week by the time you get to Friday.
#7 Still use protection
Don't think that Aunt Flo/the decorators/the crimson tide/whichever-charmingly-whimsical-name-you-like-to-give-it renders you immune from STIs and pregnancy. Because the cervix opens up during menstruation, it's easier for bacteria and sperm to enter, so make sure you use condoms. (Using a condom will also make things easier for your partner when it comes to, er, cleaning up. Ew but practical.)