One Night Stand: How to Protect Yourself from Unwanted Pregnancy and STDs
One night stands can be a fun lifestyle choice for many people that are just looking for sexual gratification without any commitment. However, the biggest downside of one night stands is the high risk of catching an STD (Sexually transmitted Disease) or getting pregnant, especially if little to none protection is being used. Since you don’t want to risk getting any of these unwanted consequences, you should use adequate protection measures each time you have sex with the other person. Apparently, there are some things that you must do while others are better avoided are they are not quite reliable so take extra care and caution to choose and appropriate and reliable method.To protect you and the other person from STDs:
Always wear condom or tell the other person to wear a condom
Condoms offer protection from STDs to as much as 98% and protection from unwanted pregnancy from 80-98%. Some may give you the excuse that their sensation is reduced while having sex and this was maybe a valid excuse a few decades ago when condoms were thicker, but since most modern versions are extra thin while offering the same level of protection, there is minimal to none loss of sensation–so if the other person says this, suggest that they wear an extra thin condom to protect yourself without sacrificing the sensation of the intercourse.
Unfortunately, wearing a condom is the only way to protect yourself and the other person you have sexual intercourse from STDs so don’t rely on any other methods to protect yourself e.g methods used to block pregnancy.
How to prevent unwanted pregnancy:
Unlike STD protection, you can prevent unwanted pregnancy through multiple ways although some are more reliable than others. As mentioned earlier, condom is the only way to prevent both STDs and pregnancy so this should be your first option for double protection. Alternatively, to prevent pregnancy if you are a female you can follow any of these methods depending on the number of one night stands you have/had, and your preferences.
Birth Control Pills. Birth control pills contain hormone compounds that block the fertilisation of an egg every month during a woman’s cycle long-term. If you have frequent one night stands with one or a few partners for long periods of time e.g 6 months or more, a birth control pill is the most reliable option to prevent unwanted pregnancy as it offers protection 95-98% of the time. Now the thing about birth control pills is that you have to take them regularly at roughly the same time or you’ll risk losing their effectiveness of the pill–the more days you fail to take the pill, the less the protection the pill will offer some make sure you take it regularly.
Contraceptive Coil (Spiral). The Contraceptive coil is a spiral like metal device that is inserted to a woman’s uterus and to block sperm and prevent fertilisation of the egg. Unlike other more temporary methods, spiral offers semi-permanent results that last 2-3 years as the spiral stays in your uterus for long. Because of this, it is suggested in case you already had a baby or babies and you are currently single having occasional hookups but don’t want to risk having another kid. Besides it’s long-term preventive measure before having sexual intercourse, you can go to the doctor to insert a contraceptive coil inside your uterus within 5 days after suspected sexual intercourse.
Diaphragm. A contraceptive diaphragm is inserted in the vagina a few hours before sexual intercourse and prevents sperm from travelling through the uterus lining and fertilising the egg. It is usually made of a plastic material and used along with cream sperm killers to kill sperm before it reaches the uterus. You can insert and take this off relatively easily at will although you must ideally use it 6 hours before sexual intercourse. In general and when used correctly, the diaphragm can offer protection between 92-96%. This is also available in doctor offices and birth control clinics or planned parenthood organisations.
Emergency Contraceptive pill. This pill is taken on emergency the day or up to three days after suspected sexual intercourse to reduce the chance of fertilisation. However, compared to other methods, this method offers protection only by 50-60%. The pill also doesn’t work immediately after ovulation has occurred so keep in mind that you can only take this at least a week before and after your ovulation. This also requires prescription from a doctor or a registered nurse.
Natural methods. These methods have been used ever since the old times to prevent unwanted pregnancy and they are somewhat effective but not much reliable as others so use these at your own risk. Probably the most common one is abstinence/refraining from sex during the days of ovulation which are between the 12th-15th day of a woman’s period. Another common method especially favored by males, is pulling off before ejaculation inside the vagina and thus prevent sperm from reaching out and fertilizing the egg. However, like all natural methods the reliability of this method is limited to 50% at best and there is always chance for sperm to travel through the cervix even before ejaculation occurs as liquids that contain a low amount of sperm release from the moment of sexual intercourse.
What not to do:
Do not rely on the other person to use a form of protection during intercourse. You must be proactive and be prepared yourself to prevent any mishaps and awkward conversations or speedy trips to the pharmacy. Also, do not believe the other person when they say they are healthy and have no STD or can’t get you pregnant–thousands of people have fell for this lie and find out later they caught an STD or gotten pregnant. You can’t really know if a person is healthy or not just from their claims as they may be sleeping with multiple people without any protection. So take care and be prepared instead.