Preventative Safe Sex Measures
There are many tools to use to ensure that you are engaging in safe sex. Sex is supposed to be fun and enjoyable, using condoms, lube, and other toys can help enhance the experience as well as keep you safe.
- Water based lubricants are safe for latex condoms and toys. This is the most common type found in stores. It is a thin, slippery substance that is easy to rinse off and dries the quickest.
- Silicone based lubricants are safe for latex condoms but are NOT SAFE for use on silicone sex toys. This is thicker than water based and lasts longer. It is the best option to use for anal sex.
- Oil based lubricants are NOT SAFE for latex condoms or toys, but they are good for other things. Oil based is thought of as being the “most natural” lubricant and is good for non-penetrating acts or massages–and it lasts the longest compared to water and silicone lubes.
When using sex toys, make sure to clean them in between each use with soap and water. Check the instructions on the box when purchasing the toy to ensure you are cleaning it properly, especially with toys that are battery powered.
If the toy is being used on multiple partners, depending on the type of toy a condom or dental dam will be helpful in reducing the risk of spreading STI’s between partners.
Health & Wellness Services is here for you all year long to meet your safe sex needs. Stop by the WELL underneath the stairs in the IWC. We have dental dams, lube, female and regular condoms too! However you like to do it, we support it with no judgement or questions. Safe sex is consensual sex regardless of how you identify.