5 Safer Sex Mistakes

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1. Flossing or Brushing After Oral Sex

Never floss or brush your teeth after oral sex. Contrary to popular belief, rushing to clean your mouth after oral sex will not help you decrease the chances for contracting an STD. Flossing or brushing actually does the opposite; it can irritate your gums or create small cuts that might increase your exposure to an infection. If you are afraid of contracting an STD through oral sex, use a condom or dental dam.

2. Oil-based Lube

Using lube is good, but using an oil-based lube with a condom is bad. Oil-based lubes weaken the strength of latex and increase the chances that a condom will break. It is best to use water-based or silicon-based lube. You can find out if a lube is oil-based or water-based by checking the label.

3. Sex tips from Magazines

Sex tips in magazines lead you to believe that you can become a sex god or goddess just by using 10 simple tips, but it’s not true. To know what turns a guy or girl on you have to know them and ask what they like. Just because a magazine tells you that a guy or girl likes to be touched or kissed in a certain way doesn’t mean it’s true. It is better to find out and ask your partner what he or she likes, you should know more about what your partner likes and doesn’t like than a magazine does.

4. Not Being Prepared

If you think you might come close to doing any type of sexual activity with another person, or are planning on it, always be prepared. There is nothing more disappointing than wanting to get intimate and then not being able to because you don’t have the proper tools. If you are thinking about getting intimate with someone, make sure you have whatever you may need-- a condom, dental dam, lube, etc. and be certain you are ready.

5. Not Being Mentally Prepared

Sex is just as much mental as it is physical, you need to be just as mentally prepared as you are physically. Sayings like, “Your brain is the biggest sex organ you have” and “Sex is 90% mental and 10% physical,” are said for a reason. If you have any lingering doubts about having sex, go with your instinct and hold off until you are ready. Also be sure that you and your partner are equally prepared.