Published on November 5th, 2015 | by DQ Admin0
Having sex without protection is risky. You’re risking pregnancy, getting a sexually transmitted infection (STI) and maybe stress too. Find out where to go for help if you have unprotected sex.
Unprotected sex is any sex without contraception or a condom. You may have forgotten to use contraception, or it may not have worked. Sometimes a condom might split or slip off during sex.
This still counts as unprotected sex, and you’re at risk of STIs and pregnancy. Always hold on to the base of the condom when the penis is pulled out. This will stop the condom slipping off and leaking sperm. Get tips on using condoms.
Women who have sex with women also need to know about safer sex because they can also pass infections on to each other. Find out more about sexual health for women who have sex with women.
Unsafe sex and infections
There are lots of STIs, and you only have to sleep with someone once, or have oral sex once, to catch one or more. You can’t tell by looking at someone whether they have an STI. Even if you or your partner only had unprotected sex once before you may have caught an infection. The best way to avoid getting an STI is to use a condom every time you have sex. Always buy condoms that have the CE mark on the packet, because this means that they’ve been tested to European safety standards.
Getting a check-up
Go for a check-up if you’ve had unprotected sex and you have any unusual symptoms around your genitals (vagina or penis), such as:
1: Pain when you pee
3: Discharge that isn’t normal for you
5: Unexplained bleeding
Some people don’t notice any symptoms when they have an STI. It’s important that you get tested even if you don’t have any symptoms if you think you might be at risk. Go to your nearest sexual health or genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinic, or see your GP. Find sexual health services near you, including sexual health and GUM clinics.