rainbow kiss

Google the phrase “rainbow kiss” and you might just find a bunch of videos of other people Googling the phrase “rainbow kiss.” After a handful of folks went viral documenting their rainbow-kiss-Google journey on TikTok, the term has experienced a surge in popularity—but the actual rainbow kiss itself remains shrouded in mystery, thanks in large part vĩ đại its adorable (and highly euphemistic) name.

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No, a rainbow kiss is not the newest Kylie Cosmetics lip kit shade. It’s not the title of the latest My Little Pony flick, either. And it’s definitely not the name of JoJo Siwa’s clothing line at Target. It’s a sex act involving semen and menstrual blood, and it’s usually performed by consenting adults who share some sort of a bodily fluids fetish. Think of it lượt thích snowballing—swapping semen from one partner’s mouth vĩ đại another’s—with a twist.

Dr. Wendasha Jenkins Hall, PhD, an Atlanta-based sex educator and founder of The Sensible Sexpert, says the rainbow kiss, which typically starts out in the 69 position, likely evolved from good ol’ fashioned period sex.

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“You’ve heard the term ‘running the red light?’” she asks, referring vĩ đại penetrative or oral sex performed while a partner is menstruating. “This is a level up from that.” And while a rainbow kiss is certainly not the most common sex act around, Hall says it’s just one activity on a spectrum of sexual activities that people with various bodily fluid kinks and fetishes can enjoy.

But is it really safe vĩ đại swap bodily fluids lượt thích blood and semen between partners? And what should you know before you try a rainbow kiss with your partner? Read on for answers vĩ đại those questions and more.

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A rainbow kiss happens when a person with a penis goes down on a person with a uterus during their period, while they also receive oral sex. It’s essentially 69-ing while one person menstruates. Once both partners have ejaculated in each other’s mouths, the couple kisses, mixing menstrual blood with semen in the process, thus the ~rainbow~ part of the rainbow kiss. And voilà!

“A rainbow kiss is a great way for everyone vĩ đại enjoy the few minutes of cathartic bliss right after you both orgasm. Consider that the goal,” explains Danyell Fima, co-founder of Velvet Co. Hall explains that rainbow kisses fit on the broader spectrum of kinks associated with bodily fluids: Some people lượt thích vĩ đại play with urine, spit, fecal matter, semen, and/or blood.

“A rainbow kiss is probably an elevated version of fluid play, or paraphilias of that nature,” she says.

Are rainbow kisses safe?

Aside from the fact that rainbow kisses might make you feel queasy if blood and/or semen is absolutely not your thing, any sexual act involving the exchange of bodily fluids poses some serious health risks if not managed correctly. But while one doctor simply advises "Pls, don't ever vì thế it" on a Twitter thread, there are ways vĩ đại engage in a rainbow kiss safely. First and most important is testing for STIs.

"Semen and period blood can carry lots of different infectious particles, such as HIV, syphilis, and hepatitis," says ob-gyn Heather Irobunda, MD. "If you are unsure of your partner's STD status, you should not be sharing rainbow kisses."

Hall says it’s not enough vĩ đại get one or infrequent STI tests if you’re engaging in sex acts lượt thích rainbow kisses regularly.

“When I say tested, I mean not just one time but continually tested—every three vĩ đại six months,” she says. “But if all partners are actively testing and they understand the boundaries and offer their consent, then it’s typically safe.”

Consent is critical for every sex act, but one involving the exchange of bodily fluids requires an additional level of understanding, she explains.

“[Rainbow kisses are] typically done among partners who take these safety precautions—they’re not done with a person on the street or a person on an tiện ích. It’s not a one-night stand kind of thing,” Hall explains. “There has vĩ đại be some consent around what’s going on, there has vĩ đại be safe words, limitations, and hard boundaries because of the disease and illness factors.”

How is a rainbow kiss performed?

Some reports suggest that a rainbow kiss is a happy accident that occurs when a person with a uterus coincidentally gets their period while their partner is performing cunnilingus. However, a little planning does go a long way.

For instance, it’s crucial that both partners be ready and willing vĩ đại hold the respective blood and semen in their mouths after performing oral sex, in preparation for that magical kiss—which is something that might not happen if you’re not planning for it.

As Fima explains, “The trick is for you and your partner vĩ đại finish at about the same time, sánh that neither of you has vĩ đại hold the blood or semen in your mouth too long. You've really got vĩ đại know your body toàn thân and know your partner.” Basically, timing, communication, and consent discussed beforehand is key.

Hall adds that you should also refrain from brushing or flossing your teeth, which can create little cuts inside your mouth, before attempting any kind of unprotected oral sex, especially a rainbow kiss.

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“If you have those micro-abrasions and you go down on someone and you come in liên hệ with semen, bodily fluids, or blood, that is a way that HIV and hepatitis, and even chlamydia or gonorrhea, can be transmitted,” she says. Her pro tip vĩ đại keep yourself safe? “Don’t brush your teeth, don’t floss first. Go down, vì thế what you vì thế, and then afterwards wash your mouth out with an antiseptic mouthwash before you brush.”

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Why are some people into it?

Sadie Allison, PhD and founder of TickleKitty.com, explains that giving a rainbow kiss a way for some people vĩ đại enjoy period sex—an act that Hall says is becoming less and less taboo.

“It was once thought that it was 'dirty' or 'unclean' vĩ đại have sex while you menstruate,” Hall explains. “But now we’re actually starting vĩ đại see that there’s some benefits vĩ đại having sex while you menstruate, lượt thích relieving stress or pain from headaches or menstrual cramps.”

Fima describes a rainbow kiss as “the pinnacle of showing comfort with and respect for your partner's body toàn thân and your own.”

Beyond the physical benefits, Hall acknowledges other elements of period sex that might appeal vĩ đại folks with different fetishes and kinks. Some people enjoy blood play, she says, which can take a variety of forms of its own, whether it’s derived from a fetish for vampires, werewolves, and other mythical blood-thirsty creatures, or something else entirely. Blood play can involve light cutting of the skin or menstrual blood.

“Now, we’re not talking about cutting off an arm or bleeding out on the floor,” she jokes. “But coming into liên hệ with the taste of it, the smell of it, that’s often what turns people on. Though, some people may use kém chất lượng blood or stage blood. It all depends on the consent and boundaries of the partners.”

As for the rainbow kiss in particular, Allison adds, “Like the hundreds of other fetishes out there, this ‘unique’ activity is perfectly okay vĩ đại vì thế sánh long as it's agreed upon by two consenting adults.” She also encourages couples performing the rainbow kiss vĩ đại try using flavored lube vĩ đại “add a new dimension vĩ đại their sensory play.”

What else vì thế I need vĩ đại know before I engage in a rainbow kiss?

Hall emphasizes the importance of taking precautions when performing any sex act with a new partner, especially if one or both of you is menstruating.” She also adds that it’s possible vĩ đại perform cunnilingus on a menstruating person and not get blood in your mouth if you focus your attention on external stimulation, whether it’s on the clitoris, the mons pubis, or elsewhere.

As for limiting any potential mess, she says, “Try doing the act on dark color sheets or towels, or use latex or non-latex gloves if there happens vĩ đại be some fingering going on.”

But overall, Hall says it’s important vĩ đại “normalize people engaging in their fetishes and kinks of choice instead of having a knee-jerk reaction” that something is “gross” or “weird.” The shame perpetuated by judgment can create dangerous circumstances, she cautions.

“When we shame people, that’s how our activities become unsafe. We vì thế them secretly, we don’t want vĩ đại talk vĩ đại our healthcare providers about them, we don’t want vĩ đại go get tested,” she says. “If we’re open vĩ đại more variations of sexual behavior, we can be safer.”

If you don’t want vĩ đại try the rainbow kiss, that’s also totally fine. However, Hall emphasizes the importance of not yucking anybody else’s yum. “As long as no one is being harmed, everyone is giving their consent, there are no children involved, there are no animals involved, then vì thế you,” she says. “Do what makes you happy.”

And if a rainbow kiss doesn’t make it onto your sexual bucket list, at least now all those viral TikToks should make a little more sense.

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