How do you prepare for Anal sex?

My partner and I would like to try anal sex, how should we prepare?

Anal sex can be a very pleasurable and exciting experience for both partners, if done properly, and should never be done without each partner's consent.

Can antibiotics hinder the effects of birth control?

Will antibiotics make birth control less effective? 

It is a common misconception that antibiotics reduce the effectiveness of birth control pills. The only antibiotic known to make the oral contraceptive pill, the patch, and the vaginal ring less effective is Rifampin (commonly known under the brand names Rifadin and Rimactane). This antibiotic is used to treat tuberculosis. Aside from that certain HIV protease inhibitors, anti-seizure medications, St. John’s Wort herbal supplement, and the anti-fungal medication Griseofulvin (used for life-threatening fungal infections) can also diminish the pill’s effectiveness.

Can I have sex when I have a cold sore?

No. The oral type of herpes (herpes simplex I) usually infects the mouth. However, it can still affect other areas of the body, including the genitals. Herpes infections are extremely contagious, especially when a sore is present. It is important to steer clear of oral sex and kissing until the sore heals completely. It is also important to not use spit while masturbating, as you may infect your own genitals if you are not careful. Use other forms of lube until the sore completely disappears.

 

Can I have sex when I have a cold or the flu?

Yes. Cold and flu germs are spread from the nose and mouth, not sexual fluids. Being sexually active is technically ok, but there is a high chance of transferring your cold to your partner since you are in such close quarters. It is wise to abstain from all sexual activity for a few days. If it is a sickness that may be cured through antibiotics, you are usually not contagious 48 hours after starting antibiotics. However, we are not doctors so it is wise to check with them before engaging in sexual activity.

Can I have sex before I have an appointment with my gynecologist?

No. Sex before a Pap smear may irritate the vaginal issue, increasing the chances of receiving a false positive test result. The test may indicate the presence of a problem when there is not one. A woman should abstain from vaginal intercourse for 48 hours before seeing her gynecologist. It is also recommended for women to avoid receiving oral sex as well to ensure accurate test results.

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