Think STI (sexually transmitted infection) prevention kills the mood? Or that it’s always kind of a hassle? No way. A little planning makes it very easy to protect yourself against an unintentional pregnancy and STIs. But what do you do when there’s no time to plan ahead and you really, really want to have sex? These hacks can help you stay safe in the moment without losing a minute of sexy time.
No money, but need a condom fast? CondomFinder shows where you can get free condoms near you. Bonus: Some of the places listed are open really late.
In the very rare instance when a guy is too big for a condom, internal condoms are a great alternative. BTW, here’s some really good info on condom sizing to ensure a perfect fit.
Don’t have a dental dam? You can cut a condom in half lengthwise and use that.
Lube reduces tearing, which is a really good thing because tears can lead to greater infection rates. Here are a few easy-to-find items that can be used as lube in a pinch. You can even make some from flax seeds if you have the time and feel ambitious.
If you can’t get to your provider or a health clinic, at-home STI testing kits are a convenient way to get yourself tested (GYT) for two of the most common STIs, chlamydia and gonorrhea. (Bonus for Californians: You may be able to get your kit for free.)
Stay healthy and happy,