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 STI. 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 out on sexy time.
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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.
This last tip requires a bit of planning, but it’s definitely worth it for your peace of mind. Get yourself tested. And encourage your partner to go too. Going to a doctor to get tested for STIs may not be the sexiest thing in the world, but you’ll be relieved to know where you stand. Chances are you’ll both be ok, but if not, you’ll be able to get any treatment you might need.
P.S. Worrying about how to talk about condoms and testing? Here’s what you need to know.