A satisfying and safe sex life is crucial for a couple's overall mental, physical and emotional well being.
However, sometimes, people end up indulging in unhealthy/risky sexual habits, due to factors such as lack of sexual awareness, intoxication, and others.
But such practices can lead to displeasure, unwanted/early pregnancies, and STIs.
Here are five common, unhealthy sexual practices and how to deal with them.
Forgetting the condom
Indulging in sexual activity without using protection (read condom) makes it easier for bodily fluids like blood and semen to pass from one partner to another, thus risking them for unwanted pregnancy and dreadful STIs (Sexually transmitted infections).
Although it's not a 100% sure shot method to prevent pregnancies/STIs, always use an internal/external condom during sexual activity, to be on the safe side.
Being sexually active with multiple partners
If you are sexually active with more than one partner, naturally you will be at a higher risk of getting an STI.
Know that sticking to one sexual partner is your best bet. However, if you can't do that, always inquire all your partners' sexual health histories before getting cozy with them.
Also, get regularly tested for STDs like HIV.
Drugs and alcohol
If you have sex with someone who injects drugs, your risk of getting STI increases, because drug equipment like needles carry blood, that might be infected.
So, avoid having sex with a partner who takes drugs, and if you must, then ensure using a condom and do get tested for STI afterwards.
Also, avoid drinking too much alcohol, as it affects your decision-making abilities.
Not cleaning up before and after sex
Unhygienic sexual practices can also invite risk of certain infections.
To reduce your risk, it is advisable to always have sex in clean and tidy surroundings, and make sure the toys, if any, are clean.
Separately, women must take a trip to the washroom after sex, to avoid risk of UTI.
Additionally, a couple must use fresh underclothing, and keep wipes handy.
Not communicating what you want
Just don't bring mouth tapes to the bedroom.
Sex isn't about getting under the sheets and just silently doing the deed.
It is advisable for couples to communicate before, during, and after sex.
One should bring up their fears and fetishes. It'll enhance both the pleasure and the relationship.
And don't worry, it's no rocket science, using facial expressions and body language will do.