Contraception can be used to prevent pregnancy and some types will also protect you from sexually transmissible infections STIs. You might find yourself asking: Which method will be best for me and my lifestyle? Which method protects against STIs? To celebrate World Contraception Day this September 26, join us as we break it down for you by exploring some of the most popular types of contraceptives - with pictures. Starting with….
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What is safe sex?
Learn more. Having sex with only one partner who only has sex with you when neither of you has a sexually transmitted infection STI is believed to be safe. However, many healthcare professionals believe there really is no such thing as safe sex. They believe the only way to be truly safe is not to have sex because all forms of sexual contact carry some risk. For example, kissing is thought to be a safe activity, but herpes , and other diseases can be spread this way. Condoms are commonly thought to protect against STIs. However, while it is true that condoms are useful in preventing certain diseases, such as herpes, chlamydia, and gonorrhea, they may not fully protect against other diseases, such as genital warts , syphilis, or HIV. Limit your sexual activity to only one partner who is having sex only with you to reduce exposure to disease-causing organisms. Follow these guidelines, which may provide for safer sex:.
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Being prepared, being ready, and being safe are healthy and wise. Preventing getting or spreading sexually transmitted infections STIs , such as HIV, gonorrhea, or syphilis, helps both you and your partners stay disease-free. Plus, smart use of birth control can help you avoid an unplanned pregnancy. Birth control options are expanding. Today, daily pills, monthly injections, vaginal rings, and intrauterine devices are all options for preventing pregnancy if you are sexually active. Talk with your health care provider about your birth control options if you are or may become sexually active. At each yearly check-up, discuss your lifestyle changes and decide if your birth control option is still the right one for you.
Back to Sexual health. Having sex without protection is risky. Unprotected sex is any sex without contraception or a condom. You may have forgotten to use contraception, or it may not have worked. Sometimes a condom might split or slip off during sex.