Q: I get my period every 6 months but when I have sex with my partner I get very horny and I’m very wet when we do. I don’t know if that’s normal.
A: It’s very common to feel sexually aroused, or horny, when kissing or engaged in sexual activity with one’s romantic or sexual partner. It’s also common for females to become very wet when sexually aroused, which happens because of a natural process of vaginal lubrication.
There’s This Other Thing …
What’s not common is to have a menstrual period only once about every 6 months. If you are on a type of birth control that intentionally spaces your periods out so that you have a menstrual period just twice a year, or that otherwise leads to less frequent menstrual bleeding, then that’s not necessarily a problem. Some types of birth control work that way and it’s fine for women to bleed less often.
On the other hand, if you’re not taking birth control that’s meant to do that, then you might want to mention to your healthcare provider that you only have a period about every 6 months. Less frequent menstrual periods are sometimes associated with some health conditions and hormonal changes. How often or how rarely someone gets their period can also be influenced by nutrition, exercise, weight gain or weight loss, and stress. Telling your doctor or nurse about your menstrual periods – how often they come, how heavy or light your bleeding is, and whether you experience side effects such as headaches, cramps, bloating, or mood changes – can help them provide better medical care for you.
To learn more about your reproductive health and menstrual cycles, check out a book like Our Bodies, Ourselves: A New Edition for a New Era. You can also learn more about menstrual cycles and periods on the Planned Parenthood website.