Sex is a topic that parents dread and teenagers are highly interest in. While parents prefer abstinence from sex completely, it is true in most cases that the avoidance of sex is difficult. It is extremely important to educate teenagers on the facts, anyway, even though it is not easy to abstain. Teenagers who know about safe sex are more likely to avoid problems.
Risks of Unprotected Sex
A common known risk of unprotected sex is pregnancy, which can happen only after one time of having unprotected sex. A risk that is rarely thought of though, is sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
Over 25 known STDs can be transmitted through oral, anal, or vaginal sex. While some have a cure, most do not. The most common STDs talked about primarily include Herpes, Aids, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, and Chlamydia. In reality, any STD can increase the chance of contracting AIDS. As some do not show symptoms, it can be difficult to know if an STD is present in either partner. That is why there are tests.
The consequences of these STDs vary depending upon the particular type of disease contracted. Consequences can include loss or an impact on fertility, birth defects to an unborn child, cervical cancer, miscarriage, and sores. Keep in mind these are only a few of the symptoms of contracting sexually transmitted diseases.
Preparing to Have Safe Sex
To avoid the many risks of unprotected sex, preparation beforehand is important. This includes talking about your preferences, getting to know your partner, discussing your desires and perhaps your prior sexual history before actually engaging in sexual activity. Your discussions should probably include number of previous partners, if there are any known STDs, and if both partners is willing to use protection.
There are various types of protection available to the general public today, either over the coutner or prescribed by a doctor. Most know that birth control is effective with preventing unplanned pregnancies, however, it’s important to remember that birth control does not protect a woman against STDs. To be safe there should always be two methods used. These may include male or female condoms, diaphragms, and other various methods.
Keep in mind when choosing male condoms latex is best to have. If there are any allergies to latex, there are polyurethane condoms available. Natural and lambskin condoms are available to use as well. These materials, however, are not know to offer the same protection to STDs as latex would.
Staying Safe Afterwards
What you do after safe sex is a crucial part to staying safe. As all types of protection do not always work, it is important to get regular checkups and tests done to ensure there are no STD’s. Women are recommended to get a Pap smear once a year to test for any diseases. Men should as well have a doctor’s check up to ensure they stay safe.
The risks associated with unprotected sex should leave room for caution. Staying safe and protecting yourself from sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancies is an important part to healthy sex.