There are a number of different ways you can maintain a healthy relationship not only with your partner/s but also with yourself, for example:
- Communication - Being able to communicate what you're comfortable with as well as what you do and don't enjoy is an essential part of any sexual experience. It is also important to ensure that your partner/s are able to communicate the same back to you and that any requests to stop are understood and fulfilled.
- Boundaries - Any boundaries set by yourself or your partner/s must be respected, and an understanding of where these boundaries lie should be outlined before any sexual contact. You must stop if you or your partner/s are no longer happy with or enjoying the experience, and using a safe word is a great way to communicate these boundaries.
- Contraception - The best way to reduce the risk of STIs and unwanted pregnancy is to use contraception. Make sure you use contraception correctly each time you engage in sexual activity - pick up a free SHAG pack during SHAG week, or check out the links below for information on where you can get contraception.
- Sexual Aftercare - It is important to get yourself tested regularly, as STIs often show few or no symptoms for months (or even years) after the interaction. Make sure you wash before and after sexual contact and avoid sharing towels, and on an emotional level, you should check in with your partner/s after the experience to ensure all participants enjoyed themselves.