Identifying The Big Risks:
Pregnancy and STIs
The Birds and The Bees: before engaging in sex, be sure to identify your risk of pregnancy. Your anatomy and your partner(s) are the main factors here, not your gender identity or sexual orientation.
For example, people assigned female at birth but on testosterone are still able to get pregnant. Similarly, those assigned male at birth and take estrogen or other hormone replacements can still get partners with female reproductive organs pregnant.
To play it safe, it’s best to assume pregnancy is a risk unless your medical provider has confirmed you’re sterile or unable to get pregnant.
No One Is Immune To STIs:
STIs, are sexually transmitted infections, such as HPV, chlamydia, and gonorrhea — to name a few. STIs develop into STDs when signs and symptoms begin to develop. During either phase, illness can be transmited from one person to another.
Absolutely no one is immune to STIs, and the only way to truly know your STI status is to get tested after every new sexual partner. Don’t be shy to ask your partner to get tested before engaging in any sexual activity to help them stay safe and in the loop about their body as well.
Let’s Get Safe! Spoiler alert, safer sex goes way beyond just condoms! Internal condoms, external condoms, dental dams, birth control, and sterile gloves can all help you stay safe when engaging in various types of sex. Check out how you can use these essential tools.
These are just a few ways to stay safe. There are also hormone patches, injections, and many more methods for safer sex. Within each category, there are also many different brands. Talk to your doctor to determine what is right for you.
Is something off? Sex is intended to make you feel good in multiple ways as it causes a massive rush of endorphins. Let’s say you have a feeling something might be off after having sex with your partner(s); here’s what to do.
- If you notice that sex has become a challenge for you physically or mentally, it might be a good idea to seek help from a professional. A professional like a sex therapist, psychologist, OB-GYN, physician, or a sex-educator can all help on a journey to enjoy sex again with either medications or therapy.
- If you notice symptoms of an STI, be sure to get tested right away and alert your partner(s) of your results. If you have contracted an STI, be sure to speak to a healthcare professional about treatment and next steps.
- If you have other concerns, it’s always best to speak to a health care professional about your concerns so they can work with you to develop a treatment plan that works for you.
Medications For Summer Loving
Here are a few common medications your doctor might prescribe to help you get your (safe) summer-loving on:
- Sildenafil and Tadalafil are both options your doctor might prescribe if you are suffering from erectile dysfunction (ED).
- Pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP), also known as Descovy, is a way for those who don’t have HIV but are at high risk of contracting HIV to prevent HIV infection by taking a pill every day.
- Birth control pills, as such combination pills containing both estrogen and progesterone, like Tri-Sprintec or minipills containing just progesterone, like Norethindrone, might be prescribed to those to help combat unwanted pregnancy. 1
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