Sex is not something to shy away from, besides none of us would be around if not for sex. Sex is one of the most fulfilling of human experiences, but it is not without risks. With the proliferation of sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies, sex has become risky business. But there are ways for you to protect yourself and this is where the principle of safe sex comes in.
You can never be too old to start learning about safe sex and if you are a teenager who is just about to explore your sexuality, kudos to you on reading up on how to do it safely.
Youth gives us the feeling of invincibility and the feeling that bad things can never happen to us. But guess what: nobody is invincible. Just because it’s your first time does not mean that you can’t become pregnant or get someone pregnant. Just because you know somebody doesn’t mean that they can’t give you STD.
Let’s talk about pregnancy. Parenthood is a serious matter that should ideally only be undertaken by those who are emotionally and financially ready. Getting pregnant unintentionally can lead to the breaking down of a relationship, abortion or raising a child without the proper means. Whichever one it is, it can be a scarring incident. In the heat of the moment, force yourself into a moment of clarity and put on some protection.
If you are with a long term partner, taking the pill is an option. This will make sure that you do not get pregnant even if your partner ejaculates inside you. Men should also be an active participant in making sure that your partner is taking the pill regularly. If you can’t be sure, use the withdrawal method (ejaculating outside of the female) or use a condom. Even without using the pill, the condom is still an effective barrier method that will keep you from getting pregnant. There are many other ways to prevent pregnancy. Talk to your health care provider about the options that you have.
Next is the subject of sexually transmitted diseases. These include Chlamydia, herpes, gonorrhea, syphilis, HPV and the most dreaded diseases, HIV and AIDS. The key to preventing the transmission of these diseases is to prevent the exchange of bodily fluids. That being said, pills are not enough to prevent these conditions. The best protection is still to use latex condoms that will act as a barrier between direct contact. Avoiding of diseases include genital to mouth contact or anal sex since this still entails exchange of bodily fluids. For instance, if you have sores in your mouth, virus can still seep into these open lesions thereby infecting you with a disease.
Talk to your partner to have yourselves tested for STDs. This is especially true for long term partners, so that you can be sure that you are both having sex responsibly. Sex is more enjoyable if you can concentrate on using that moment to bond, without the burden of doubt in your minds.