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Have yourself a safe one-night stand and make it count with these 5 tips

Published on:9 January 2020, 20:30pm IST
Engaging in casual sex? Then read this nifty little guide that will tell you how to stay safe.
Nikita Bhardwaj
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One-night stands are fun but staying safe is a bigger deal. GIF courtesy: Karz Entertainment via GIPHY

Love makes the world go round. And lovemaking… well, that too. Through the ages we’ve realised that love and sex are not mutually exclusive. While this has opened up a world of pleasure for us, it has also made us vulnerable to a host of health hazards. 

You know what we’re talking about ladies! After all, that one-night stand comes with its fair share of risks–right from sexually-transmitted infections to your safety. 

But don’t worry–we’ve got you. Whether you have a friends with benefits kind of a sitch going on or want to enjoy casual sex–this ultimate guide will help you seize the night with confidence. 

But first, you’ve got to rule out sexually-transmitted infections
Infections like syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia can haunt you for a very long time as they are the most dreadful reality of one-night stands.  

In fact, research says that most women often regret the experience and one of the biggest reasons why is STIs and STDs. Studies also suggest that there are 30% chances of women contracting STDs if safe sex is not in the play.  

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, keep these five tips in mind and have safe sex:

1. No condom means no sex
There should be no doubt about this. If you want to steer clear of any and all sexually-transmitted conundrums, it is essential that you ensure condoms are a part of foreplay. Protection also ensures that there are no risks of unwanted pregnancies. And while you’re at it, don’t wait for him to arrange for a condom. Carry one in your clutch–it’s better safe than sorry.

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Condom — a must-have when it comes to casual sex. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

2. Choose a safe space
If your partner in crime is someone that you don’t know very well, ensure that you guys do the deed at your place or a friend’s instead of his. Better safe than sorry, girls.

3. Visit your gynaecologist regularly
You should do this anyway, but even more so if you’re engaging in casual sex. And yes, even if you are using condoms, regular sessions with your gynae is a must, because guess what–even barrier methods aren’t 100% effective.
In fact, your gynae might just suggest some post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) that will keep the HIV risk at bay.

Also, read: Is anal sex safe? Here are 8 things you need to know about anal intercourse

4. Get a HPV vaccine
Prevention is always better than cure and when there are a number of vaccines available in the market then why gamble with your health? You must be surprised to know that human papillomavirus or HPV is one of the most common STI viruses that can wreck your reproductive health and can cause cervical cancer.

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Vaccination—your “suraksha kawach” against HPV. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

5. Check with your partner about their sexual well-being
Trust us, it’s not at all a buzzkiller. Embarrassing? Maybe but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Because just going by his looks won’t tell you if he is disease free. So, ask him upfront.

And that’s how it’s done ladies. Now take a deep breath and live your sex in the city moment. Wink, wink!

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Nikita Bhardwaj Nikita Bhardwaj

Six-pack abs are all that Nikita needs, along with her daily dose of green tea. At Health Shots, she produces videos, podcasts, stories, and other kick-ass content.