Sex can be a very complicated thing. From the moment when we first become aware of its existence to when we start to explore our sexuality, there’s a lot more to it than simply having a good time with someone else. One of the main things to think about is whether you’re having sex safely. Although many people have sex education lessons at school, they are often inadequate, or they reach adulthood and have forgotten everything. Make sure you’re having safe sex by following the rules below.
Talk before acting
Often everything can happen in the heat of the moment, but talking about sex before you do it is key. It might feel embarrassing, but if you can have sex then you can talk about it.
Only condoms prevent STDs
It’s vital to remember that only condoms will prevent the transmission of STDs when you have oral or penetrative sex. Other methods of birth control, including the withdrawal method, don’t work.
Be careful with condoms
Although condoms are very effective, you need to handle them carefully. This includes storing them safely, avoiding holding them with long nails, and checking them for tears after use.
STDs can be transmitted orally
Remember that you contract an infection through oral sex, including herpes, gonorrhea, and syphilis. You should use a condom or dental dam to protect yourself and your partner.
Regularly get tested
Even if you have been using condoms, you should get tested for STDs regularly. You can go to one of many testing centers, where they can perform a variety of tests.
You can’t always spot a STD
Not all sexually transmitted infections will present symptoms. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that you would notice if either you or your partner had one.
Use your birth control correctly
If you take any form of birth control, it’s important to choose the best one for you. You should also be aware of what might affect its effectiveness, such as missing a dose or taking another medication.
Use birth control and condoms
Just because a woman is taking birth control, it doesn’t mean she or her partners are protected against STDs. It’s crucial to use a condom too, to prevent infection.
Be clear about consent
Safe sex isn’t all about pregnancy and infections. Consent also plays a significant role. It’s essential to respect each other to make sure you both only do what you want to do.
Watch out for alcohol and other substances
Be careful about drinking alcohol or taking other substances that could lower your inhibitions. You could make a mistake or even leave yourself vulnerable.
Sext safely and respectfully too
Exchanging sexy text messages has become very popular. But make sure you’re doing it securely, with someone you trust, and with respect for the other person.
Everyone is responsible
Remember that safe sex is everyone’s responsibility, not just one person’s. Everyone can do things like carry condoms and make sure their partner is comfortable and consenting.
If you take the time to make sure you’re practicing safe sex, both you and your romantic partners will be happier. You can ensure that you both get what you want from your relationship, and there are no nasty surprises.