5 Safe Sex Tips for Lesbians

Think the only form of safe sex is lesbian sex? Think again. Although lesbians are a lower risk for contracting HIV, they can contract other sexually transmitted diseases (STD's) such as herpes, syphilis, and hepatitis B. These infections are no laughing matter, it could ruin your fertility, causing irreversible physical and mental harm.

Lesbian couples can reduce their risk for contracting STD's by incorporating safer sex practices. It won't completely eliminate their risk, but it can significantly reduces STD transmission.

5 Safe Sex Tips for Lesbians

Lesbian Safe Sex Tip 1#: If you share toys, put a ring on it. Any toy inserted or placed near the genitals should be protected with a condom, discarded once the woman is finished. If the other woman desires to use it, remove the condom and apply a new one. 

Alternatively, saran wrap can be wrapped around odd-shaped toys, which easily mold to any surface.

Lesbian Safe Sex Tip 2#:Avoid sex when your partner is on her period. Infections can travel through blood-to-skin contact—even the smallest of droplets causes infection. Opt for other sexual activities that do not involve direct genital contact, such as a sensual massage or self stimulation. Using toys that tickle, massage, or lightly scratch other areas of the body, such as the back or buttocks, can also be very stimulating.

Lesbian Safe Sex Tip 3#: Use a dental dam for oral stimulation. Dental dams are an essential safe sex item for lesbians who want to stay safe, which allows the woman to offer pleasure without coming into direct contact with the genitals. Place it over the vulva to prevent fluid transmission to the mouth.

Lesbian Safe Sex Tip 4#: Use surgical gloves when using your hands to stimulate. Fluids can easily seep into small cracks on the hands or fingers, causing instant STD transmission. Discard the gloves immediately after the sexual act is over.

Lesbian Safe Sex Tip 5#: Get tested frequently. Although barrier devices may offer lesbian couples some protection against STD's, it does not offer complete protection. Only abstinence or having sex with an STD - free partner will protect you. Test yourself several times a year, especially when frequently switching partners.