One's first sexual experience can bring a myriad of emotions to the surface, from excitement to anxiety, which is all completely natural. What you should never be is uninformed and unprepared. Dr Nupur Gupta, Director, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Fortis Gurugram and Dr. Vimal Grover, Director: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Fortis LaFemme is just the person need who tells us what to expect and what to keep in mind when having sex for the first time.
- One might be afraid of pain or hurt but this is normal. Having good sexual health is important for both partners. Talking openly with your sexual partner will also help you take charge of your health. Having open communication is important. Don't feel pressured to have sex if are not ready. You can also talk to someone you trust such as a parent, sibling or friend.
- Gynecologists recommend being mindful of 2 things - protection against unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Having sex during your fertile days can result in pregnancy. One needs to be aware of a birth control or contraceptive method before engaging in sexual intercourse. Condoms and diaphragms (barrier contraceptive) protect against both pregnancy and STIs.
- Other options like combined hormonal oral pills prevent release of egg from the ovary, but only give protection against pregnancy and not infections or diseases. Some common STIs that can happen in the absence of safe sex can be chlamydia, gonorrhoea, genital herpes, syphilis, some types of hepatitis or HIV.
- Don't drink alcohol or use recreational drugs before intercourse.
- Be self-aware that emergency contraception is a choice which is available if the condom ruptures or breaks to avoid unintended pregnancy. It can be taken as early as possible or within 72 hours.
- A visit to a gynaecologist is must to educate you about STIs and sexual health. Don't be afraid to ask for help when required. To conclude, be sure to practice safe sex, and remember it's your body and your decision.