Focusing on easy sexual health tips again, here are some more simple ways to make sure you have a happy and healthy sex life.
1. Spring-Clean Those Sex Toys
Seriously, they need to be clean. You should clean them every time you use them. The reason this is still an easy tip is that you don’t have to do it when you’re just about to use them or straight after you’ve used them – any time will do!
Used hygienically, sex toys are perfectly safe, but if they haven’t been cleaned, they can pass on sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and, in fact, any other infection that is passed on by blood contact. The STIs can include Chlamydia, syphilis, herpes or bacterial vaginosis – all infections that no one wants.
The NHS advice is to wash sex toys after each use. Use a new condom with any sex toy such as a vibrator each time you use it. Don’t share them, and if you have multiple partners, have one set for each partner.
2. Get New Lube and Make It Easy to Find
That way you’re more likely to find the tube with some lube in it rather than squished up and empty at the point you want to use it.
3. Check That Condom Kite Mark
Since you’re buying condoms anyway, just check for the kite mark with the letters BSI or the letters CE or BSI. All of these indicate that the condoms have been properly tested. A condom that splits offers zero protection, and unfortunately there are some lousy products out there, especially if you are buying on the internet. So use this quick and easy method of checking that the condom you’re considering is one you can rely on.
4. Know Where to Look for Help
If you know how to get in touch with your local STI clinic, it’s much simpler to take action when you have a symptom that is worrying you. For example, check out the STI test Bexley clinic on the web. Just make a mental note of where it is and what home testing kits and advice https://www.checkurself.org.uk/plus/ they offer.
It’s useful information that can help you feel more confident about seeking help when you need it.