That you feel awkward or can’t help but giggle aren’t good enough excuses to not talk about sexual health. The fact is that most people in our country indulge in sex without getting enough knowledge to practise it safely.
The result? Sexually transmitted diseases, unplanned pregnancies and just very unpleasant experiences. We list down a few pointers you absolutely need to know about sexual health:
Many Sexually Transmitted Diseases Are Asymptomatic
While many STDs have symptoms that indicate their presence, a lot of them show no symptoms at all. Diseases like Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea do not have any symptoms at first but can cause pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancies and infertility. Save yourself (and your sexual partners) the trouble and go for regular screening.
No Penetration = No Pregnancy = Myth
While most of us believed at some point that only penetration can cause pregnancies, the reality is much different. Ejaculation or pre-ejaculation near the vulva is enough to lead to a pregnancy. It all depends on the potency of the sperm and the fertility of the woman. So, either use a condom or keep your pants on.
Sex While Menstruating Is Not Harmful
Amidst the various misconceptions (read: superstitions) we have around menstruation, we have this gem. People believe sex during “that time of the month” is harmful and can cause diseases. On the contrary, people claim it feels more pleasurable and satisfying during the period.
Sex While Menstruation Will Not Prevent Pregnancy
Another fallacy – A woman will not get pregnant during her period. The sperm has a life-span of about six days once it enters the reproductive tract. It is true that a woman would not be ovulating during her period, but if she has a short cycle, and ovulates right after it ends, getting pregnant is very much possible.
‘The Pill’ Is Incredibly Effective
Out of all the methods of contraception, oral contraceptive pills are the most effective and easy to use. If taken correctly, it is 99.9% effective. What’s more is that it also helps in relieving menstrual cramps, irregular periods and mild acne caused due to hormonal imbalance.
Pulling Out Is Not Effective At All
Withdrawal or pulling out just before ejaculation is something a lot of men practise. This is NOT a method of contraception. Men are not always aware when their pre-ejaculate seeps out. This fluid too has sperm which can cause pregnancy. While it is somewhat effective for ‘emergencies’, do not make it your only birth control method.
Sex Is Supposed To Be Pleasurable Not Painful
If you do experience pain during or after intercourse, you need to visit the doctor. Many women live with painful sex thinking that’s what is supposed to happen. No. If it hurts, you might have an STI you’re not aware of. Another possibility is that you’re lacking lubrication in which case, you need to buy lubricant.
You cannot be missing out on what can be the most pleasurable experience of your life, only because you didn’t practise caution.
Keep it safe, keep it fun!