Safer sex with women and men
Safer sex between women
- Avoid oral sex if either of you have any cuts or sores in the mouth or on the lips, or use a dental dam.
- Some infections can be transmitted by hands and fingers. Wash your hands before and after sex.
Safer sex with men
If you have vaginal or oral sex with a man use protection. Condoms protect against unintended pregnancy and STIs. In addition to using condoms, find out about the form of contraception that suits you best.
If you think you may be at risk of unintended pregnancy, emergency hormonal contraception (the 'morning after' pill) is available from pharmacies, your GP, hospital, family planning clinics and some sexual health clinics.
The vagina is self-cleansing so there's no need to wash inside it (douching). Vaginal soreness and vulval irritation can be caused by over use of perfumed soaps, bubble baths and shower gels.
After going to the toilet, always wipe from front to back (from vagina to anus).