Even though sexual life is a lot about pure pleasure for the majority of us, there are still many people who are not fully aware of all the risks it may bring or do not know how to act on critically essential occasions.
This article will provide everyone with all the necessary information about sexual health.
Firstly, you need to stop sexual activity with your partner and head to the bathroom. Similarly to any penetration, you need to clean your mucous in order to prevent urinary tract infections. Note that it is better not to use douching products because of the risk of irritation, so it is better to try peeing, then washing and drying your vagina.
The most crucial step here is to consider your further planning:
- in any case, you should make an appointment with a doctor, especially if there is a risk of being exposed to HIV or sexually transmitted infections (STIs);
- ask if you may have an individual intolerance toward some methods;
- after the conversation with a doctor, get to know whether you may use a plan B or PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) pill to remove all the effects of unprotected sex;
- if more than five days after the sexual contact has gone past, you may use other emergency contraception medicine, which includes ParaGard and Ella as the most effective methods;
- if you are still concerned you are pregnant (because of a missed period, for instance), talk with your doctor to discuss an abortion option.
HIV and other STIs
If, within two weeks after an unprotected sexual contact, you feel unusually weird, you definitely must visit a doctor or health care center. If you take up a PEP medicine three days after being exposed to a potentially risky sexual activity, you have a higher possibility of protecting yourself from the harmful bacteria and its further development.
If you feel pain in your stomach, urinary system, or mouth (in case of oral sex) 2 weeks after the sexual contact, it may be due to gonorrhea, syphilis, or chlamydia. You shall take a special test at your doctor’s place to receive reliable results as soon as possible. These infections are curable, so you will only have to take antibiotics for some time to eliminate the effects.
Unfortunately, there may also be the risk of genital herpes, which in fact, is not treatable, so you may reduce the consequences, yet it may appear again.
How to Prevent the Risk of STIs Occurrence
Even if you still decide to have unprotected sex, you can employ several other methods to protect yourself from infections:
- use secondary contraception such as birth control;
- get used to testing for CTIs on a regular basis;
- ask your partner about their exposure to CTIs before sex.