Some sexual health tips are really easy to follow and will make sure that you keep yourself free of unwanted pregnancy and infection, and enjoying a happy sex life. So here’s your sexual health MOT, starting with four key tips.
1. Keep condoms in stock
You know what kind of condom you prefer or would like your partner to use. So make sure you always have a stock of them. Online stores stock male and female condoms and have a choice of style, size, and brand. They even feature “Pick n Mix” offers!
It’s an ideal way to buy if you don’t want to go into a chemist, or put them in your basket at the supermarket, for fear of bumping into a nosy neighbour. It’s also ideal for students arriving at university, because you can get them delivered to your halls of residence without parents asking what’s in the parcel!
2. Test your sexual health
Unlike testing your car, this doesn’t involve booking an appointment. Why not take advantage of the self-testing kits that are available now? Or if you want to talk to someone, lots of Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) clinics have drop-in sessions and appointments available. For STI testing Bexley https://www.checkurself.org.uk/plus/ has great services.
If you’re under 16, the service won’t tell your parents and it will be confidential.
3. Use your phone as a contraceptive calendar
Forgetting to get condoms or to take the pill can be a thing of the past if you use your phone’s calendar function. It will ping you at the time you choose to remind you to take your pill or order those condoms. Many people use a coded message as the reminder – just in case they’ve left the phone on the table in the bar and some curious person picks it up to see what just pinged.
4. Emergency contraception – don’t wait for the emergency!
You don’t have to wait for the morning after to buy the morning after pill. It’s a good idea to have it in stock. You can buy it at pharmacies, but check the prices because some large pharmacies are expensive, compared to supermarkets such as Tesco, which also stocks it. Or go to a supermarket that you know your family don’t shop at!