Sex can be an enjoyable and satisfying part of a healthy relationship. However, it’s important to practice safe sex to protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unplanned pregnancy.
Using condoms or dental dams every time you have oral, anal, and vaginal sex, or engage in any other activities that pass sexual fluids, is essential.
Don’t mix drugs and alcohol with sex
Many people are remaining sexually active longer than they did in the past due to a combination of factors including better health, longer lifespans, and more open attitudes toward sexuality. But this trend comes with some risks, especially for older adults.
Alcohol and drugs can interfere with your ability to make good decisions. That’s why it is always best to avoid drinking or taking drugs before having sex.
A small study suggests that young women are more likely to engage in unsafe sex than men when under the influence of alcohol or marijuana. The key is to be aware of the risk and practice safe sex by carrying condoms, and always having a frank discussion about consent and sexual history. If you plan to drink, pace yourself and alternate between alcoholic drinks and nonalcoholic ones.
Don’t be afraid to ask for consent
Everyone – regardless of age, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability – should be able to choose freely whether they want to have sex or not. It’s also best to ask for consent before you engage in any sexual activity.
Consent is a mutual agreement to take part in sexual activity and it must be freely given without coercion, pressure, threat or force. It is also reversible and can be withdrawn at any time – even during sex.
You should be able to tell by your partner’s body language, tone of voice and verbal responses if they are not giving you their full consent. If they are reluctant, uncomfortable or seem unsure, stop. It could be the difference between a safe and happy sex life or ending up at a clinic for unprotected sex.
Don’t be afraid to say no
No is a powerful word. It can help you protect yourself and others from harmful behavior. It can also be used to set healthy boundaries.
Practicing safer sex means taking steps to reduce your risk of sexually transmitted infections or diseases (STIs/STDs). This includes using condoms, practicing good hygiene, and getting tested regularly for STIs like HIV, hepatitis B, genital herpes, HPV, and chlamydia.
When you say no, it is important to be clear and direct. You don’t want to leave room for misunderstandings that could lead to conflict down the road. And, remember to skip the excuses – they aren’t helping anyone. Take a few minutes before responding and listen to your intuition. If you’re feeling uncomfortable, walk away. You’ll thank yourself later.
Don’t be afraid to have a frank discussion
If you’re in a relationship, it’s important to talk about sexual health. This way, you and your partner can understand each other better. It also helps to prevent sex-related infections.
It’s important to have a frank discussion about sexual history and STIs. This can help you and your partner choose the best form of protection. It’s important to know that some STIs are not curable.
Whether it was from Sex Ed class in school or from your health care provider, you may have already received some safe sex education. However, it’s always good to have a refresher course so that you can practice safer sex. This will help to reduce your risk of catching or spreading an STI and make your sex life more enjoyable.
Don’t be afraid to use a condom
Using condoms is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your sexual partners from sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV. Condoms are a barrier method of contraception and can be used for vaginal, anal or oral sex. They come in a range of shapes, sizes and flavours and can be purchased without a prescription.
It is important to use a condom every time you have sex and to avoid any skin-to-skin contact that could spread STDs, like herpes, syphilis, or human papillomavirus (HPV). Also, don’t use oil-based lubricants with latex or polyurethane condoms as this can cause the rubber to break. Getting regular STI screenings and a pap smear is also important. These tests help to detect some STIs and can prevent cancer from developing.
Don’t be afraid to ask for a test
Getting tested for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) is part of practicing safe sex. It is the only way to know whether or not you have an infection and can pass it on to your partners. This is especially important because some STDs don’t cause any symptoms and take a while to show up.
Practicing safe sex is the best way to prevent pregnancy and spread of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). You should use barriers like condoms (male or internal, also known as female, condoms) or dental dams and latex or nitrile gloves every time you have oral, vaginal, or anal sex. You should also get tested regularly, and consider having fewer sexual partners. Getting STDs can be very dangerous to your health, and some of them can be deadly.
Don’t be afraid to have sex with more than one partner
Whether you’re in a polyamorous relationship or not, it is important to have clear communication with all sexual partners regarding safe sex. This includes discussing chastity play and what kind of protection is used during sexual activity.
Having multiple partners increases the risk of contracting an STI, especially if protection isn’t always used. Douching can spread body fluids, including saliva, bacteria, and viruses, so it is important to use a condom or dam every time you have oral, vaginal, or anal sex.
It’s also a good idea to discuss your medical history with all sexual partners and to be aware of any drugs or alcohol that could interfere with sex. And be sure to get regular STI testing. Because some STIs don’t go away, even after treatment.