It is essential to practice safe sex to reduce the risk of Sexually Transmitted Infections and unintended pregnancy. Using condoms during sex prevents a barrier that protects both partners from spreading or contracting any STI.
Some STDs often do not show symptoms, so even if you are practicing safe sex, it is helpful to get tested regularly by your doctor. Most STDs can be treated by medication, so it is beneficial to identify them as soon as possible to start the necessary treatment.
Talking with your partner before you engage in sexual activity can be a tough conversation, but it is helpful to learn about their sexual history in order to ensure both parties are safe and protected.
Your gynecologist can provide additional information and resources surrounding safe sex and the transmission of Sexually Transmitted Infections.