>>“Religious considerations aside”, I don’t see intercourse during menstruation as a big issue.
Both my ex-wife and one of my ex-girlfriends enjoyed it a lot (I’m not sure about others).
They said it relieved their cramps, relaxed them, and was very sensual. Who am I to argue, being generous by nature?
If you have reason to be concerned about STD’s, use a condom. <<
All right; I dated a gentile, and we tried it during my period, and I have to tell you, I hated it.
First of all, smells that usually turn me on made me gag instead, and second, I found it really uncomfortable. I remember wondering at the time whether women made the rules of Niddah: “Sorry Dear, I’m unclean tonight; you’re on your own for dinner.” Then she went off to play cards and drink margaritas with Yenta and Esther.
I suppose it’s possible I was feeling guilty, and wasn’t as relaxed as I could have been. I told myself over and over that sex during menstruation is forbidden to MEN, and he was a gentile, so the law didn’t apply.
Anyway, it’s not something I do anymore.
There are so many things that could correlate with Orthodox Sex–
Orthodox women have a slightly higher birthrate than the population at large in the US, and a hugely higher birthrate in Israel.
Condom use is higher in Jewish populations than in gantile populations, and the difference was greater before the pill. Don’t ask me why.
Coitus Interruptus is NOT a form of birth control a Jew would use. It was pretty popular among gentiles, though, until word got around that it isn’t very effective.
If older women, who had their children in the days when most people formula-fed their babies, were included, then the breastfeeding rates would be vastly higher, because Orthodox women would have breastfeed because it was kosher.
It is also true, as one poster said, that Orthodox women – and men – have fewer partners over their lifetimes. On average, anyway. My friend Nechama Sarah is personally making an effort to change that statistic. Oy! How many times her mother would die if she knew!
BTW, Lesbians have a VERY low rate of cervical cancer, almost as low as women who have never had sex.
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