Sex makes people happier and it is good for physical and mental health. According to therapists sex contributes about a quarter of happiness of a relationship. While sex releases oxytocin for your good health, it is also important to know when not to have sex. Knowing when to have sex is also an integral part of healthy sex life. There are times when you should say no to sex due to emotional, physical or physiological issues. Want to find out more? Read on.
Sex During Pregnancy? It is fine, but there are a few exceptions.
Sex during pregnancy is safe and enjoyable for most couples. Biologically speaking, it is safe as the fetus is protected by the amniotic sac and a mucus plug that protects the cervix. Still, there can be some conditions that can hamper those protective walls which include ruptured membranes, movement of the placenta and abnormal location. There are also instances when the cervix can open in a premature state. Always make sure to consult with your doctor to confirm the safety of having sex during pregnancy.
Say no to sex during yeast infection for good health
Vaginal yeast infection is a common health condition that causes abnormal vaginal discharge and discomfort during urination. Its symptoms such as itching and burning in the vaginal area make it comfortable to have sex in this duration. About 15% of men that have unprotected sex can become infected by yeast infection. Hence, it is better to call off the sexual intercourse until your vaginal yeast infection goes away.
Considering about enjoying unprotected sex?
Condoms and dental dams are used to prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs) that include HIV from spreading between partners having sexual intercourse. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reported that millions of people in the US are infected by STI every year. Therefore, having protected sex reduces the risk of transmission of STIs including gonorrhea, Chlamydia, syphilis and some types of hepatitis. Also, the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that condoms are highly effective at preventing STI transmission as long as you use them every time you have sex.
Unprotected sex before pap test
Having unprotected sex up to 48 hours before your pap test can have severe consequences that you never expected. Semen is known to interfere with swabs taken for evaluation according to Minimally Invasive Gynecology at The University of Illinois College Medicine. Even wearing a condom during sex can mess with swabs. Thus, it is better to avoid sex up to 48 hours before the test.
Sex when drunk or high
Sex under the influence of drugs or alcohol is known to be associated with high-risk sexual behavior. If you and your partner have been partying and got drunk, proceed with caution. It is common to have impaired judgment when being drunk and it becomes hard to fully consent. Thus, it is important to know about yourself and the effect of such substances on your behavior.
Healthy and fulfilling sex life is dependent on a variety of factors that range from physical to emotional. Even when it is true that sex is connected with physical and mental well-being, there are times when you should say no. There are some situations where you should abstain from having sex for maintaining good health. Experts agree that sex life must be healthy and must include partners’ consent. The only question that you need to answer is: Do you know when to say no? If yes, then you are doing just fine.