Improve your sex life by getting that burning question answered by one of the world's foremost experts on sex, Dr. Debby Herbenick of Indiana University's Kinsey Institute. Submit anonymously here!I probably could have asked this at the blood center, but does missionary sex after giving blood count as “strenuous lifting?” Am I going to bleed out all over my lovely girlfriend mid-coitus because of my courageous act of life giving?
Sarah: Yay for giving blood! I think the worst you’re going to get out of this is a massive bruise, if anything. Unless you’re talking about lifting your lady entirely off the ground for a sexual encounter (and God bless you if you are), I don’t think you’ll have problems. I’ve given a lot of blood in my life and tend to fly in the face of those warnings, and only helping someone move a few hours afterward (what can I say, I’m a giver) ever gave me an issue, and it was just a big ol’ bruise about three inches around. No biggie.
Dr. Debby: Probably not, but it depends on how you do it. Some people have pretty gentle, low-key sex and others are more vigorous with their sex. If you’re not sure, just keep a bandage on and/or wait a few hours before moving right along into sex.