Stoya.

photo: Wikimedia Commons

This is a post that needs no warm up: What do female porn stars do during their period?

You don't really see them removing tampons before getting down to business or bleeding in the middle of a shoot, so like, what's the deal?

Award-winning porn star and director Stoya, who appeared on the Guys We F****d podcast in November, revealed how female performers deal with their time of the month.

"The first thing you want to try to do is reschedule the shoot," she said, but that's not always possible. 

"Sometimes ... they can’t replace you, or it has to be shot that day — the budgets are very small. Not like in Hollywood where they’re like, ‘Oh, you have a pimple? Just come back in a week and we’ll redo this.’ There’s no money for that shit [in porn]."

But if they're not able to reschedule shooting the scene, then what?

"Maybe, maybe you do anal," Stoya said. 

“You would theoretically wear a tampon if you were just only going to do butt sex, but if you don’t feel up to doing an only anal scene, or you’re not getting paid enough for it, or you don’t do those for some reason, then you’re going to have to get sort of complicated."

Complicated indeed. Shit's about to get real:

"So you get a sponge — but you don’t get a makeup sponge. You get a sea sponge." 

And you boil it, Stoya said, clarifying that you "never, ever, ever, for fuck’s sake, put anything in your pussy that has not been boiled first, or sanitized in some way."

“So you put a boiled sponge in there, but first you get the bottle of douche and you dump that out, because ... you need to rinse the blood out first. So you dump out what’s in the douche bottle, you rinse it out in the sink … then you take freezing fucking cold ice water, dump it into the douche bottle...”

Stoya

Our thoughts exactly, Stoya.

photo: YouTube/Kassem G

Anyone else cringing yet?

“...make sure everyone on set is ready to go. And then you’re in the bathroom, ice water, shove the sponge in, run to set, and then you go for as long as you can, and the other performer or performers and the camera operator and all that will be keeping an eye out because eventually more blood than the sponge can soak up happens, and then so you have to cut [the scene] because you can’t show that."

Then you rinse and repeat (literally). Now we know.

Stoya joked, “You really haven’t lived until you’ve been squatting on the toilet seat in some shitty location bathroom, bathing your cervix in ice water.”