(AscendHealthy.com) – It can be easy to get caught up in the moment, especially if you’re really into the person you’re with. Unfortunately, one moment of sexual abandon can land you in a lifetime of pain, and it may cut years or decades from your life. It’s time to be honest with yourself if you’re engaging in risky habits. Find out if you’re at risk.
Don’t Let These 3 Sex Habits Cut Your Life Short.
1. Unprotected Sex
No matter who you are or who your sexual partner may be, condoms and dental dams are your first line of defense against all sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). If you’re having unprotected sex, and you’re unsure about your partner’s sexual history, you’re playing Russian roulette every time you get together. Is it really worth the risk?
Just one night with the wrong partner could leave you infected with one of these potentially deadly illnesses:
- Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has no cure. Left untreated, it progresses into acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), which destroys the immune system and leaves the sufferer to waste away and die of an onslaught of unstoppable infections.
- Human papillomavirus (HPV) is composed of over 200 viruses capable of causing genital warts. About 14 strains can lead to cancers in the cervix, throat and mouth.
- Hepatitis B infects the liver. It can lead to chronic liver disease and cancer.
- Syphilis can lay dormant in the body for years, but if it emerges in its tertiary form, it can cause dementia, paralysis, blindness and, eventually, death.
It’s important to use protection, always. But there are two unfortunate facts when it comes to condoms and STDs. The first is that condoms don’t prevent the transmission of all diseases 100% of the time. For instance, genital warts and other STDs that cause external lesions can spread if those lesions make skin-to-skin contact. The second is pretty obvious but still needs to be said: Condoms sometimes break.
Even though condoms aren’t 100% effective at preventing STDs, when properly used, they provide more than 90% protection against some STDs, including HIV, Hepatitis B and gonorrhea. Using protection is just part of the battle, albeit an important one. You’ll need to rein in other risky behaviors if you want to effectively minimize your odds of infection.
2. Multiple Sexual Partners
Having one monogamous, trusted partner is the best way to reduce your risk of contracting STDs. Even in a monogamous relationship, it’s still important to undergo regular STD testing, even if you or your partner haven’t cheated, because some STDs can lie dormant for many years, including HPV and HIV.
If you have multiple sexual partners, you potentially increase your risks geometrically. Even if you keep the lines of communication open, make agreements to be regularly tested for STDs and are extra vigilant about always using protection, you’re not only trusting your partners to be responsible, you’re trusting that their other partners, ad infinitum, are being as responsible and using protection, also.
3. Anal Sex
People who receive anal sex are at the highest risk of contracting HIV, although giving anal sex also increases the risk. This is because the tissue that lines the rectum is thin, allowing for easy transmission, but also because sores or scratches on the penis or in the urethra can sometimes transmit the virus. Take extra precautions if you engage in anal sex.
How healthy are your sex habits? Based on these suggestions, is there anything you could change to reduce your odds of catching a dangerous STD? It could literally be a matter of life or death.
~Here’s to Your Healthy Ascension!
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