5 safe sex rules to follow
1. Use protection
No matter how well you think you know your partner, if you’re not 100% sure you’re safe with them, don’t take a risk. Sex is for a few minutes; STIs – and unplanned pregnancy – is for life. Remember that infection is spread through oral sex too.
2. Try to stay sober(er)
Not only does alcohol and drug consumption lower your inhibitions (making you more likely to engage in high-risk sexual behavior), but it also puts you at risk of being taken advantage of in some truly awful ways.
3. Don’t jeopardize your personal safety
Dating apps like Tinder make it super easy to hook up with strangers. And while a fling with someone new can be exciting and fun, there’s also a real element of risk. Don’t take a stranger home with you and don’t go to an unfamiliar place alone with them either. Always let a friend know where you are and who you’re with.
4. Spice up your relationship
Valentine day isn’t just for hookups and making out. If you’re in a committed relationship, there are loads of ways you can add some fire to your union and reignite the spark.
5. Get the right contraceptives
This Valentine shouldn’t end with an unplanned pregnancy. Find the contraceptive option that works best for you so you can enjoy fun, spontaneous sex without risk of pregnancy (but remember: contraception doesn’t protect against STIs, so never go without a condom unless you’re completely sure you and your partner are monogamous).