Things are getting heated more often now, but you aren’t worried. You always use condoms, you’re on the Pill and you and your partner are free of STIs. You have nothing to worry about, right? Wrong. There are many other factors to think about when it comes to your sexual health.
Condoms They come in flavours, textures and sizes, but what’s most important is that you use them! Unless you are in a committed relationship – and actively trying to get pregnant – sex without any form of protection is very risky. Condoms are a good form of protection because they are widely available, and often free.
Lubricants You may think that having a good lube handy is only for extra fun in the bedroom, but it could protect your sexual health too. If a woman is not aroused enough during sex, she does not produce enough natural lubricant, and the friction during sex can cause tiny tears in the skin of the vagina. The lubricant reduces the friction and makes sex feel better and more comfortable, and helps lower the risk of any vaginal tearing.
Good to know:
- Remember that STIs don’t always have symptoms, so it’s best to get a full screening every few months if you have multiple sexual partners.
- Always use protection.
- Having sex at least once or twice a week is healthy.
- Avoid substances like smoking and drinking as it affects your sexual performance.
- Keep up with regular check-ups with your doctor to maintain your sexual health.
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