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How to Have a Healthy Sex Life

Sex is one of the most enjoyable things in life. However, sexually-transmitted diseases and an unwanted pregnancy can really take the fun out of sex. Fortunately, there are some things that you can do to prevent any unwanted consequences from sex. Below are some tips for maintaining a healthy sex life:

When in doubt, get tested

A pregnancy only lasts for nine months, but there are a number of sexually transmitted diseases that can last a lifetime. That is why STD testing is extremely important. Getting tested not only protects your health, but it also protects the health of your partner. You should never just assume that you know your status.

Even if you are certain that you do not have any STDS, you really do not have anything to lose by getting tested. There are a number of free clinics that offer both STD testing and contraceptive services. You should ask your doctor about a free STD clinic in your area.

Always use a condom

Condoms are about 99 percent effective at preventing STDs when they are used correctly and consistently. They reduce a woman’s chance of getting pregnant by up to 97 percent. Again, it must be reiterated that the condom must be used consistently and correctly in order to work. Additionally, a condom should be thrown away after it has been used once.

Limit the number of sexual partners that you have

If you have many sexual partners, your chance of contracting a STD will be greater. This is especially true if you sleep with multiple people at one time. Limiting your sexual partners will reduce your chances of contracting a STD.

Be abstinent

Abstinence is certainly not the easiest or most popular choice, but it is the only sure-fire way to prevent a STD or unplanned pregnancy. Condoms are effective, but they do fail on occasion.

Everyone wants to have a happy sex life, but it is important to make sure that you are wise about sex. You should get tested if you do not know your status. You should also use a condom every time that you have sex, and limit the number of sexual partners that you have. It is also important to remember that abstinence is the only 100 percent protection against STDS and unplanned pregnancies.

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