We got a gynaecologist to share a safe-sex guide for same-sex couples
By NCVC Staff | Published on Oct 11, 2023
When it comes to sex education, many of us have been kept in the dark. Growing up, we relied on the explanations given by our elders or what we found on the internet. As a result, our understanding of what constitutes good sexual health may be a bit muddled.
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But let’s face it, information about sexual health is more readily available for heterosexual couples. For same-sex couples, this topic remains just as taboo as the nature of their sexual orientation.
To shed some light on safe sex practices for same-sex couples, we spoke with Dr. Gandhali Deorukhkar from Wockhardt Hospital in Mumbai. According to Dr. Deorukhkar, individuals within the LGBTQ+ community are more vulnerable to diseases such as HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and HPV infections. However, these risks can be minimized by practicing safety and hygiene measures.
Here are some important tips from Dr. Deorukhkar that same-sex couples can follow to ensure a worry-free and enjoyable sex life:
Use Condoms Without Fail
Dr. Deorukhkar emphasizes the importance of using condoms to prevent the spread of infections. Whether you’re a man who has sex with men (MSM) or a woman who has sex with women (WSW), condoms should be used consistently. Using condoms is the most effective way to avoid infections. It’s also recommended to use condoms during oral sex. For women, a dental dam can be used to further reduce the risk of infections.
Washing Is Key to Avoiding Infection
Immediate washing after sex is essential, even if you feel like lazily cuddling afterwards. Dr. Deorukhkar advises a simple but thorough wash to reduce the chances of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and urinary tract infections (UTIs). Women should avoid douching or inserting anything into the vagina, as it is a self-cleansing organ. Proper washing from front to back is recommended to prevent bacterial contamination from the anal cavity.
Cleaning your genitals regularly is crucial to keep infections at bay. Using mild intimate washes and ensuring thorough cleaning after defecation can help prevent infections caused by residual fecal matter.
Cleaning and Storing Sex Toys the Right Way
Sex toys can enhance pleasure, but they require proper maintenance. Dr. Deorukhkar advises washing sex toys before and after use to prevent the accumulation of dust, which can lead to infection and irritation in intimate areas. Using a betadine solution or regular soap can effectively disinfect the toys.
Practicing Good Oral Hygiene
Oral sex is a common practice among same-sex couples, but it also carries an increased risk of infections. Maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial. Dr. Deorukhkar recommends rinsing your mouth with an alcohol-based mouthwash immediately after oral sex to reduce the chances of infection. Alcohol-based mouthwashes are more effective in killing bacteria.
Regular Screening for Wellness
Same-sex couples are prone to certain types of cancers, such as anal, cervical, throat, and tongue cancer. Dr. Deorukhkar suggests that individuals within the LGBTQ+ community should undergo regular screenings once they become sexually active. Annual screenings for various cancers can help ensure early detection and treatment.
So, boys and girls, there’s no excuse when it comes to practicing safe sex! By following these expert tips, same-sex couples can enjoy a fulfilling and worry-free sex life while prioritizing their overall health and well-being.