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What is Sexual Intercourse?

Sexual intercourse or coitus is an act where a man inserts his penis into a woman’s vagina for the purpose of pleasure, bonding and reproduction. Animals also engage in sexual intercourse when the female is on heat which is referred to as copulation. There are various forms of sexual intercourse in the unconventional modern society we live in today such as oral sex, same sex sexual intercourse and group sex. Sexual activities vary from culture to culture and are often dictated by people’s cultural and religious beliefs as well as what the law allows.

What Causes Female Bleeding After Sexual Intercourse?

The most conventional form of sexual intercourse in most cultures all over the world is consensual sex between an adult man and an adult woman. Other forms of sexual intercourse are allowed and practiced throughout the world but this is said to be the most common. Sometimes during sexual intercourse between a man and a woman, the woman bleeds. The following are some of the reasons why women bleed during penetrative vaginal sexual intercourse:

  • Breaking of the hymen in cases where a woman is a virgin. The hymen is a thin layer of cells in the vaginal tract. The hymen is known to break during a woman’s first sexual encounter but other factors can cause this such as horse riding
  • Inflammation of the vagina or cervix
  • Tearing of the vaginal lining due to a rough encounter particularly where the woman is forced into sexual intercourse during rape
  • Bacterial infections such as Bacterial Vaginosis
  • Fungal infections such as yeast infection
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections such as gonorrhea
  • Poor vaginal lubrication

What are the Positive Consequences of Sexual Intercourse?

  • Sexual intercourse enables bonding and intimacy between couples
  • Sexual intercourse enables the continuation of the human species through reproduction
  • Sexual intercourse lowers stress levels
  • Sexual intercourse keeps prostate cancer at bay in men
  • Sexual intercourse leads to an improved sense of smell
  • Sexual intercourse leads to better sleep
  • Improves cardiovascular health
  • Boosts self-esteem
  • Boosts immunity
  • Sexual intercourse burns calories keeping one fit
  • Tones pelvic floor muscles
  • Sexual intercourse is said to make women more beautiful by giving them a radiant and glowing skin

What are the Negative Consequences of Sexual Intercourse?

  • Transmission of Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Physical exhaustion
  • Pain in some women
  • Sexual intercourse encourages multiple sexual partners compared to abstinence which leads to broken relationships
  • Addiction
  • Unwanted pregnancies
  • Guilty feeling for those with moral obligations

Can Sexual Intercourse be Performed While a Woman is Menstruating?

Most cultures do not allow women to engage in sexual intercourse during menstruation. However, in today’s world, this is not an entirely new practice. Sexually intercourse can be performed while a woman is menstruating. Nonetheless, this entirely depends on a woman’s preference as some women do not mind while others would never even consider. In addition, the man’s preference also comes into play. Some men actually like it; others do not mind occasionally having sexual intercourse with a woman who is menstruating while others would rather not. In terms of consequences, there are quite a few:

  • Despite popular belief, pregnancy can occur as a result of engaging in sexual intercourse while a woman is menstruating
  • Without protection, this increases the risk of spreading sexually transmitted infections as well as acquiring vaginal infections in women

How to Measure Sexual Intercourse?

One of the main reasons why human beings engage in sexual intercourse is for pleasures sake. Therefore, social conventions dictate that a person is good in bed depending on how much pleasure they can give their partners. This is often in terms of the number and intensity of orgasms in both sexes. Another measure is the ability to reproduce and bring to life healthy offspring. This is linked to our inborn instincts. But at the end of the day, all these so called measures of sexual intercourse are subjective and vary from individual to individual.

What are the Risks Involved with Sexual Intercourse?

  • Risk of getting infected with Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Risk of unwanted pregnancies
  • Risk of getting addicted

Conclusion

Sexual intercourse is an integral part of social interactions among human beings. The need and desire for sex is an inborn instinct which both men and women have. Sexual intercourse is a complex and wide subject that is related to several aspects such as social, emotional, moral, legal as well as medical. In most cultures, sex is considered sacred. In the modern society however, people have the luxury of choice and the freedom to express their so called sexual freedom. This is a good thing depending on what you make of it. Therefore, whatever you decide on these matters, make a choice you can live with and avoid following the crowd.

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Expert Author : Mark Simms (Consumer Health Digest)

Mark Simms is a prolific freelance health and beauty writer, independent researcher with a long history and expertise of providing reliable and relatable health content for magazines, newsletters, websites including blogs and journals. He also enjoy exploring men’s and women’s health category writing articles about sex and relationships, product review and providing information on sexual health.