There tends to be a lot of questions when it comes to sexual health. A lot of us are unaware of things that we should and should not do during intercourse. This often results in awkward situations and worst STDs. There is a need for people to be more open to educating people about sex and prevent making it a taboo subject. Because we all have to admit that even if we are not active in any way, knowing these basics do’s and Don’ts can save you or someone you know. It is also vital that you and your partners are aware of these. To have a healthy sexual relationship, you both have to be open and educated on sexual health. So, read on below to find out about these important health DOS and Don’ts to follow when it comes to sex.
Do Use a Condom
These rules are one of the first thing you need to think about before you even get into the bedroom. Ask your partner if he or she has condom that you can use before you get home. This should be a make or break rule for you. It does not matter if it is your first time or your 10th. Using a condom is the golden rule to safe sex. This will protect you from STDs and pregnancy. If this will be your first time, educate yourself on female and male condoms and the right way to use it. If you are not familiar with your partner or just want to be safe. Always use a condom, may it be oral, anal or vaginal intercourse.
Don’t Let Fluids Get in Contact with Sores
If you have a sore, a scar or any open wounds in your private area or even your mouth. Do your best to avoid getting any bodily fluids in them. This includes semen, vaginal fluids, discharge, blood and saliva. This can make you more prone to getting STDs or infections. If you see any sores around your private area and mouth do not have sex until it is allowed by your doctor. Do not touch any growths or sores either, even if it is on your own body. If you are not familiar with your partner, avoid any direct bodily fluid transfer in your mouth, vagina or anus.
Do Be Honest
If you feel embarrassed about anything in your sexual past, had an infection or currently have one – the best thing you can do to avoid further embarrassment is to be honest with your partner. Your partner and your safety should be your number one priority. If you are currently fighting an infection or STD, make sure to talk to your health care provider if you are allowed to have intercourse and your limit. You also need to be completely honest with your doctor. From how many partners you’ve had, what previous problems, the symptoms you are experiencing, what you’ve tried with your partner and so on. This can help them determine how to treat you and protect you from STDs.
If you managed to check if your partner has any bumps or sores in their genital area or mouth, it does not mean they are completely STD free. A lot of STDs have no physical symptom and most of the time the sufferer is not even aware of it. The only way you can tell is to get tested. So, again condom is vital, especially if it is a hook up or someone you are not sure is tested.
Do Get Checked Regularly
One of the vital rules you need to do is to get regular checkups. Some of us only get checkups when they experience some symptoms. However, not all STDs have symptoms. This can cause you to infect other people or your partner unknowingly. Men and women should get regular checkups and test. Women should get a pelvic exam every year or more often if you are prone to infection.
Don’t Stop Practicing Safe Sex
If you and your partner already contracted an STD or recently got rid of one, do not stop doing safe sex. It does not mean that you can do whatever you want since you are already infected. Safe sex will prevent you from getting re-infected, making the infection or disease worse or prolonging healing. Prolong period of infection such as syphilis and genital herpes makes you more prone to getting infected with HIV.
There is nothing more important than safe sex. STDs are one of the biggest health problems right now. Some STDs can be cured and some can stick with you for the rest of your life. Sexually transmitted diseases are a worldwide problem – no matter your gender, race, age and ethnicity. The best thing you can do for yourself is to learn about prevention and the do’s and Don’ts when it comes to safe sex. Millions of people are affected by STDs yearly. Do your part to prevent them and educate yourself. Share this with your friends and family to help keep them safe.