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How to Have Safe Sex?

Revathi V Gopal  |  Jan 15 2021

How to Have Safe Sex?

Ensuring safety when you are having sexual intercourse with your partner is extremely necessary. Practicing safe sex is a way to prevent unwanted pregnancies, STDs, and STIs.

It is essential to understand that anyone can contract STDs and STIs, regardless of their sexual orientation or preferences. You can have safe sex with your partner by not letting vaginal fluid or semen enter your genitals or mouth.

How to have safe sex?

In this article on how to have safe sex, we will look into the different measures you can adapt to have safe sexual intercourse with your partner.

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Using condoms while having vaginal and anal intercourse

You can always use a condom while having intercourse as a safety barrier to prevent pregnancy and STD/Is. However, when you are relying upon male condoms, always opt for latex-based condoms. It is because they can prevent STDs and STIs.

 If you are allergic to latex, the next best option is polyurethane condoms. You can also use female condoms to have safe sex. If you are using a lubricant, always prefer water-based lubricants as they prevent the breakage of condoms.

Though condoms can reduce the risk of contracting STDs and STIs, they do not ensure 100% protection. Even when you are using a condom, they cannot protect you from infections caused by sores or wounds. So, to be on the safe side, you can avoid having sexual intercourse if your partner has warts, rashes, or itchiness. 

Using condoms or dental dams while engaging in oral sex

Oral sex provides fewer chances of contracting STDs like HIV. However, there are still cases of STD/Is reported due to oral sex. While engaging in oral sex without using any protection, the viruses and bacteria present in the pre-ejaculation/ ejaculation fluids can enter your body. It can lead to the contraction of STDs and STIs like Gonorrhoea, herpes, etc.,

To be on the safe side, it is always better to use condoms or dental dams while engaging in oral sex. You can also prevent this by not ejaculating in your partner's mouth.

Having an open discussion with your partner about their sexual history

Conversing with your partner and creating an awareness of their sexual history can be helpful. It will assist you in creating an awareness of whether they have contracted STDs or STIs. You can always avoid the risk of getting infected by having these discussions with your partner. It might be embarrassing or difficult in the beginning to start such a conversion. However, it is a way of showing care for each other. It can be beneficial for your partner, as well. 

Regular checkups and testing to ensure that you and your partner are on the safe side

If you are sexually active, it is essential to have regular checkups and tests to ensure safety. When it comes to STDs like HIV, you can prevent its risk with early detection and treatment. Through this, you can even reduce the chances of HIV turning into AIDs.

With STIs, most of them do not have any symptoms, and many people are unaware that they have STIs. So, with regular checkups and testing, you can have safe sex without any fear. You can always take checkups and tests with your partner. Through this, you can support each other and build a stronger relationship.

Delaying sex or having fewer sexual partners is a safe sex practice

Another way to have safe sex is by delaying sex with your partner. You can enter into sexual intercourse after being comfortable with the person and ensuring that s/he is open to safe sex.

You can also go for fewer sexual partners to ensure safety and wellness. You can consider having an open conversation with your partner before engaging in sexual intercourse. You can know whether they are monogamous or not and decide accordingly. 

Apart from that, you can consider having sex with only one person at a time. It can also reduce the chances of contracting STDs and STIs. 

Why do we need to have safe sex?

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Having safe sex is essential not just to prevent infections, diseases, and unwanted pregnancies. They can provide us with peace of mind and reduce the stress we might face after sexual intercourse. You can also build stronger relationships by having conversations with your partner on safe sex. It can also make your sexual intercourse much more pleasurable as there is no fear or tension associated with it. So why don't we start practicing safe sex and reduce the risks of STD/Is?

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