Safe Lesbian Sex: What To Do And Not Do

    Safe Lesbian Sex: What To Do And Not Do

    Lesbian sex, or sex between two biological females, is considered “safer” than even heterosexual sex. This is due to the lack of vaginal or anal penetration. Even though lesbian sex is relatively safe compared to the others types of sex, one must still be careful because of other factors. Here are some factors to consider and some tips for safe lesbian sex.

    Tips for Safe Lesbian Sex

    Be Informed

    The best way to have safe sex is to know how to do it in the first place. Sex education in schools covers the basics of heterosexual sex, and most schools don’t really have a curriculum about LGBTQ+ sex. This is why most members have to rely on other means. While most in the spectrum may get the general idea from articles on the internet or people they know who are also LGBTQ+, it is recommended to visit health centers or clinics that specialize in LGBTQ+ related medical conditions for more detailed and accurate information.

    Communicate

    Communicating with your partner is an essential step to having safe sex. Make sure to ask your partner about their sexual history or habits, such as if they used to have or currently have an STD. If you or your partner don’t know, make sure or at least be open to get tested before proceeding with sex.

    Practice safe sex

    This tip doesn’t apply just for lesbians or other LGBTQ+ members, but applies to any person who wants to have sex.

    Make sure to have good hygiene and regularly wash and disinfect not just your body, but also any toys that you and your partner use. This is especially true for lesbian couples.

    Since lesbians have no way of naturally penetrating their partners, they tend to use sex toys more often. Improper washing or not washing these toys at all can cause the spread of STDs and other infections as well. Using contraceptives like condoms can also help in this regard. Just make sure to properly check the instructions and use them accordingly.

    Keep Your Toys Clean

    If you and your partner use toys in your sex life, you would definitely want to clean them after every use. Make sure you use a toy-compatible cleaning material when you do. Some household cleaning items may be effective, but may also ruin the exterior finish of the toy.

    Be Responsible

    While high sexual activity is perfectly normal among younger people, it is advised that regularly having lesbian sex with multiple people or regularly changing partners leads to a higher risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases. Additionally, the constant changing of partners can increase the risk of coming across someone who doesn’t practice safe sex or already has an STD.

    Stay Sober

    While consuming alcohol is fine, too much alcohol consumption or the consumption of other things such as illegal drugs can and will weaken your immune system and make you more susceptible to infections, STDs being one of them.

    Seek Medical Help

    Prevention is always better than a cure. This is true for most if not all diseases. While not all STDs have vaccines or cures, getting vaccinated for already preventable and curable diseases is still a very good idea. Visit the nearest clinic or hospital to get tested and vaccinated for corresponding infections you can possibly contract during sex.

    Have a Mammogram Done Regularly

    Studies indicate that lesbians are at a significantly higher risk for breast cancer than their heterosexual counterparts, and should therefore undergo a mammogram regularly upon reaching the age of 40. Note that the increased risk is associated with lesbian sex, but in other factors related to being in a lesbian relationship, like having no child, alcohol intake, obesity, and female hormonal issues.

    Conclusion

    As you can see, the practice of safe lesbian sex and what to do isn’t all too different for heterosexuals, lesbians, or any of the genders under the LGBTQ+ umbrella. You just have to be more aware of the possible risks and take the necessary precautions for a healthy sex life. Be sure to stay well informed and practice clean, safe sex.
     

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    Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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    Written by Giann Floresca Updated Sep 21
    Medically reviewed by Regina Victoria Boyles, MD