Period sex is a pretty everyday thing (well, an every month thing) and despite the ongoing “ews” that often surround conversation around it, it’s something that has become increasingly normalised. According to babe.net’s sexual-attitudes survey, two-thirds of women – 66% – admitted they had had sex on their period. Even those who don’t sing about its virtues at the highest volume have probably quietly indulged in it a handful of times.
But, even aside from many people’s initial ick, those who may not mind the extra lubrication can still be put off by the promise of extra work in the form of scrubbing bed sheets or towels.
Enter the Thinx period-sex blanket. The blanket has been designed to be placed over your bed (or whatever surface you’re choosing) before you have sex, so you can get down to business without worrying about the excess mess. The sheet is made from the same technology as the brand’s well-known “period-proof” pants, which absorb any leakage, using their “patented leak-fighting tech”. Their site boasts that their underwear holds “up to two tampons’ worth” and still feels like a normal pair of knickers.
For the brand, the blanket is as much about still being able to enjoy great sex while riding the crimson wave as it is about stigmatising a very normal process.
Fighting period stigma evidently comes at a price – and it’s steep. Perhaps you’d save on towels and detergent?
“So many people are made to feel afraid or ashamed of having sex on their period,” says Maria Molland Selby, CEO of Thinx.
“But the truth is that period sex is totally safe and natural. In fact, orgasms release hormones that can sometimes help ease the pain of menstrual cramps.”
“This is more than a blanket. This is another opportunity to bust through yet another period taboo and to open a much-needed dialogue about period sex and sex generally.”
Instead of worrying about cleaning up (at least, the cleaning up of period blood anyway), you simply put the blanket in the washing machine once you’re finished. And it’s much better looking than a towel, with luxurious lavender quilting on the reverse side. It can easily be used as a regular blanket – as it looks nice enough – which is bang for your buck, but that being said, it does cost some serious bucks. $369 (£277) to be exact.
Fighting period stigma evidently comes at a price – and it’s steep. Perhaps you’d save on towels and detergent? If anything, it may at least encourage a few knock-off iterations that are far more affordable and, most importantly, start a conversation.