Having Safe Sex

Safe sex is nothing but avoiding sexually transmitted diseases by using some methods. In safe sex, you steer clear from exchanging any body fluids like semen, vaginal fluids or blood. Safe sex includes not only avoiding STDs but also avoiding pregnancy. Even though it’s called safe sex; still, there are some risk factors involved. Nonetheless, it’s much healthier to practice safe sex than no protection at all. Safe sex should be practised during:

  • Vaginal sex with a male or female partner
  • Oral sex with a male or female partner
  • Anal sex with a male or a female partner

Here are some ways you can practice Safe Sex:

  • Condoms: They are the most commonly used method of contraception; they keep you away from STDs and pregnancy both. The male condom is latex, rubber sheath which is available in a variety of sizes and styles. A female condom (which is less known about) is a rubber sheath too which is meant to fit inside a Vagina.
  • A Diaphragm is a cup-like structure, which is worn high up in the cervix to avoid semen. It prevents pregnancy but not STDs.
  • Pre-ejaculate can also spread the disease, so, practice wearing a condom since the beginning of the sex.
  • Always check the expiry date on the package of your condom and always use a new condom every time.
  • If you need extra lubrication, consider using a water-based lube as other lubes can potentially damage the condom.
  • Avoid sex with multiple partners and stick to one, when none of you has STDs, there are no chances of contraction.
  • Get tested for STDs regularly.
  • Use other types of contraception methods or use methods in combination to avoid pregnancy. For instance, even if you are on hormonal pills, do not forget the condom.
  • Alcohol and drugs can impact your ability to think logically, do not have sex under the influence and then regret later.
  • Keep track of your partner’s body and yours for blisters, sores, rashes or unusual discharge.

Also, remember that every method of contraception has its chances of failure, the condoms have 15% failure chances that mean 15 in 100 couples get pregnant every year who use condoms as their only method of contraception.

References:

https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/safe-sex
https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/safer-sex-guidelines
https://www.medicinenet.com/stds_pictures_slideshow/article.htm
https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/birth-control/condom/how-effective-are-condoms#:~:text=If%20you%20use%20condoms%20perfectly,will%20get%20pregnant%20each%20year.