Some people are into kinkier sex. It’s a fun way to play out fantasies in a safe and accepting environment. To keep comfort levels where they need to be, establish a safe word for times when sexual play begins to go a little too far.
Will the pull-out method protect me from STIs or pregnancy?
Coitus interruptus, also known as the withdrawal or pull out method occurs when a penis is pulled out of a vagina prior to ejaculation. People often incorporate this into their love making to avoid pregnancy. This method will not protect you from STIs or pregnancy.
Will oral or anal sex protect me from STIs?
Because you’re still mixing up body fluids, the chances for passing along an STI are very high. And in some cases, like with anal, you are at risk for HIV which is a chronic infection. The anus and rectum are much more delicate than a mouth or vagina, making it easier to tear tissue and provide an opening for infections to pass through.
If our genitals touch, but there’s no penetration, are we safe from STIs?
STIs don’t care if there’s no penetration, they can be passed along simply from genital skin touching genital skin. If you’re unsure, be safer and use a condom.
Do condoms protect me from all STIs?
Nope. Condoms reduce your chances for catching STIs such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis and HIV. But because condoms only cover the shaft of the penis, or the opening of the vagina, they aren’t as effective at protecting you from diseases spread by skin-to-skin contact such as HPV, syphilis, herpes and scabies.
I don’t see an STI. Do we still need a condom?
If only it were that easy. Sure, you haven’t noticed any telltale signs (discharge, itch, bumps, rashes, etc.), but for many people with STIs, symptoms aren’t always apparent. The only way to know for sure is to get tested. And to be on the safe side, always use a condom if you are with a new or casual partner. If you’re not %100 sure about your partner’s health, a simple condom can help avoid an awkward situation.
What’s a tubal pregnancy?
A tubal, or ectopic, pregnancy is when a fertilized egg attaches itself somewhere outside of the uterus. This type of pregnancy can sometimes be a result of untreated STIs. There is no saving a tubal pregnancy, and if left untreated, it poses incredibly serious health risks including severe internal bleeding.
Chlamydia and gonorrhea? No big deal… right?
Wrong. Not treated, chlamydia and gonorrhea can lead to infertility or PID, which hams the fallopian tubes, resulting in a higher probability for a tubal pregnancy. And, if these STIs are left untreated, they can lead to an inflamed prostrate, urethral scaring, infertility or epididymitis (horrible sore balls).
Will that toilet seat give me an STI?
While they aren’t the cleanest, toilets won’t give you an STI.
Actually, it is extremely difficult to catch an STI from a toilet seat. Sex germs are fragile and they have a tough time surviving outside or a hot bod.
There’s a reason they’re called sexually transmitted infections. Some sort of sex needs to be happening. STIs are not spread through casual contact such as shaking hands or hugging. HPV, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis are transmitted through sexual contact. HIV is spread through the exchange of blood and body fluids which can happen during sexual contact and while sharing drug equipment like needles. And skin-to-skin STIs like HPV, and Herpes are exactly that, skin to skin.
If you notice just one symptom, get tested.
IF LEFT UNTREATED, STIs can have lasting effects on your health and fertility.
Even without a symptom, always see your doctor or sexual health service if you think you could have been exposed to an STI.