Safer Sex Guidelines
Use A Condom
Condoms and dental dams are the best ways to protect you from most sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). They form a physical barrier between you and your partner’s body, keeping you away from any undetectable infections.
Actually, there is no type of condom that can prevent pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases (STD) 100%, but there are 98% effective against it, which is quite good because you can’t imagine how this number will go down if you don’t use it.
Make sure to use the condom correctly, as wearing the wrong size of condom may mean that it may tear or fall off during sex, leaving you unprotected. A comfortably fitting condom is the best way to make sure both you and your partner enjoy sex.
It is also important to read the directions before using condoms to ensure they are used correctly.
Tips For Using A Condom For Sex
1. Check the expiration date on the condom.
2. Always check the condom for any obvious problems, such as small holes or stiffness. You should not use it if the packaging is damaged or torn.
3. Always use a new condom every time you have sex.
4. Only use condom safety lubricants. Using improper lubricants can cause latex condoms to break down and increase the risk of pregnancy or STI.
5. Prevent latex condoms from degradation or exposure to oil.
Communication Is Key
It’s easier to be safe when you don’t feel ashamed. Being open about your sexual past, your preferences allows you and your partner to make an informed decision about sleeping together.
It’s important that the two of you share your sexual histories so that you can find out about potential STIs or diseases.
If you are not sure about how to have this conversation, talk to your doctor, as they are able to help you.
Get Regularly Tested For STIs
Whether you are single or in a romantic relationship, regular sexual health checks are good for you both. Being tested is not a matter of distrust, but mutual respect for each other. While once a year is a good rule of thumb, those who are sexually active should be tested at least once a year.
Being prepared, being safe is healthy and wise.
Encourage Your Partners To Get Tested
The best time to talk about getting tested is before you start having sex with them. If your partner refuses to get tested before having sex, please think through it before sleeping with them. Being tested with a new partner is very important and one of the best ways to prevent STDs.
Asking your partner to go to the clinic can be a bit awkward, but it is important because some people may have had STDs for many years without knowing it — most people with STDs do not have any symptoms, and testing is the only way to know for sure if someone has an STD.
So getting tested regularly with your partner just makes sense and it helps you to stay healthy and ensures that none of you are at risk.
Safe Sex Is Matter
Safer sex can be exciting, pleasurable and build trust and intimacy with your partner. It can make your sex more relaxed and satisfying, by decreasing your worry about getting or spreading sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Choosing to have safer sex shows that you care about the pleasure and health of yourself and your sexual partner.
If anyone tries to pressure you or doesn’t respect your boundaries, then you need to reconsider they can be your partner.