From the Ask Father Question Box.
Menstruation and the Marital Act
A previous post indicated that it may be sinful to have marital relations during menstruation.
My wonderful wife allows the marital act to happen any time I want, even during the menses, for all these years.
In confession, Fathers have always said “you do not sin by the marital embrace, even during her period.” What does the Church really say?
Thank you, Father. I will pray for you.
Perhaps you misunderstood the post that you say “indicated that it may be sinful to have marital relations during menstruation”. It is not sinful in itself; but it may become sinful, if the wife objects. Some women may not mind; for others it may be an unreasonable request due to the harm or disgust she may
With prayers, Fr. Auman
I am quite sure that the marital act during menstruation is NOT sinful.
As it happens, we have had this same discussion with our Priest, who said pretty much the same thing. In our case, she has some pretty painful menstrual cramps, that the marital act somehow provides some relief for. We both suffered some guilt for that, until Father assured us that there was no problem. Of course, I’m always ready to help out.http://forums.catholic.com/images/icons/icon12.gif