My girlfriend and I are quite active sexually but we do not want to have a baby. What kind of protection should my girlfriend use?

The most common type of protection is a condom which needs to be worn by the male, however, there are other options available too. If you are looking for protection, especially for your girlfriend, you can consult her doctor and ask about the same. She will have different choices according to her health which will be described by her doctor. Apart from this, the commonly used protection is the Diaphragm. It is a saucer-shaped small cup that needs to be inserted inside the vagina before having sex. It covers the cervix which stops the sperm from entering. She can also use spermicide along with a diaphragm which stops the fast-moving sperms. She can also choose to buy a basal thermometer to keep a track of her fertile days. By doing so she can avoid having sex on her most fertile days which can decrease the chances of her getting pregnant. But, if you do plan on having sex during this time, you can also wear a condom to be on the safer side. 

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Pulling out before ejaculation cannot be trusted completely and you should use other means of protection. 

If I pull out before ejaculating but there is still some semen inside, will that cause pregnancy?

Yes, you can get pregnant even if your vagina has a small amount of semen left. The average volume of ejaculation is 3.5ml which is less than 1 teaspoon, which is why even a small amount can cause pregnancy. This amount of ejaculate contains hundreds or millions of sperm. Above all, some fluids exit the urethra before ejaculation and they surely contain sperms. The number of sperms present in these fluids can increase depending on the length and the level of stimulation or excitement. Even after one ejaculates, there are some traces of semen left in the urethra which can exit if not washed properly before having intercourse any further. This is also the reason why pulling out before ejaculation cannot be trusted completely and you should use other means of protection. 

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You can contract a sexually transmitted disease if you are engaged in unprotected sex with a person who has the disease. It could be STI/ HIV or even herpes.

Can I contract a sexually transmitted disease if I engage in sex without using a condom?

You can contract a sexually transmitted disease if you are engaged in unprotected sex with a person who has the disease. It could be STI/ HIV or even herpes. You should always use protection while having sex. This also protects you from unwanted pregnancy. The most common type of protection for this is the use of condoms. Condoms reduce the risk of getting an infection for all STDs. However, for this to work, you need to use a condom every time you have sex. Using it only the first time doesn’t help. The main purpose of using a condom is to eliminate the contact of skins, which will be lost if you do not use a condom every time. Another healthy tip for staying protected against sexually transmitted diseases is to get yourself vaccinated. The HPV vaccine is safe and effective against these health problems. You can also ask your sexual partner about their sexual health before engaging in intercourse to be sure and stay protected. 

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Symptoms of having an STI are not always physical. Women may experience a burning sensation while passing urine and have unusual vaginal discharge while men can have yellow or white discharge with a burning sensation while passing urine.

Can I identify if someone has a sexually transmitted disease without asking them?

Judging someone based on their looks is not right. Additionally, you definitely cannot tell if someone has an STI based on their looks or just by casually talking to them. Most women and around half of men do not exactly get any symptoms of having an STI. Symptoms of having an STI are not always physical. Women may experience a burning sensation while passing urine and have unusual vaginal discharge while men can have yellow or white discharge with a burning sensation while passing urine. If you do want to know if a person has a sexually transmitted disease or if they have been tested, you should ask them politely. Or else, you should always use a condom or other protective methods while having intercourse with someone. 

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When compared with vaginal or anal sex, oral sex may have a relatively low risk of contracting HIV however, it is still possible to contract one.

My fiancé and I have been trying some new things in bed. I suggested we should try having oral sex but she said it isn’t safe. Is oral sex safe or unsafe?

Your fiancé is quite correct. Oral sex does not eliminate the risk of getting sexually transmitted diseases however, you can only contract them if you are not having protected oral sex. When compared with vaginal or anal sex, oral sex may have a relatively low risk of contracting HIV however, it is still possible to contract one. Protection like using a condom can help a lot. You can wear one during oral sex to eliminate any risk of Sexually transmitted disease. 

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