It’s that time of year again! In addition to making the usual resolutions around saving money and exercising more, what about adding ‘always practise safe sex’ to the list? Here are some tips to get you started:
- It’s a good idea to discuss condoms early on in any relationship. Lots of people plan on having safe sex, but find it hard to bring up the topic of condoms when it comes time to use one. Don’t wait until the heat of the moment, as it may overwhelm your good intentions.
- If there is a chance you’ll be having sex have some condoms handy – if none are available at the time of a sexual encounter, you may be tempted to have intercourse without one.
- Don’t have sex with a partner who refuses to wear a condom – having unprotected sex even once still puts you at risk of contracting a sexually transmissible infection. Simply say ‘I never have sex without one’ and stand by your words. Incorporating condoms into foreplay is a good way to get someone to wear one. Make the act of putting on the condom a fun experience – offering to put in on for someone will often make them change their mind about not wanting to use one!
- Condoms come in a range of sizes, so don’t listen to a man whose excuse is ‘condoms are too tight’ or ‘they don’t fit right’. If a partner feels uncomfortable buying condoms, offer to do it for them.
Safe sex doesn’t mean it has to be less pleasurable – you just need to be creative when it comes to introducing condoms and lubricant into the bedroom. Wishing everyone a happy (and safe) New Year!