1. You're using products that cause irritation.
When it comes to products like condoms and lube, you may want to avoid certain ingredients if you're prone to irritation.
Some ingredients to look out for include:
- Nonoxynol-9 (found in spermicide)
All 3 of these ingredients have been shown to cause irritation for some people.
2. You're not using lube.
Too much friction can cause irritation. It can also cause breakage if you're using a condom. Try adding a little lube to decrease that friction - just be sure to not use too much, or the condom could slide off.
3. You're forgetting to pee after sex.
Peeing after sex helps to flush out any bacteria. The urethra is shorter for people with vaginas, so bacteria can reach the bladder more easily. So for vulva-owners, don't forget to pee after sex to avoid an uncomfortable UTI!
4. You're using the wrong lubricant.
It can be a lot to remember, but different lubes have different uses. The key things to remember are: avoid oil-based lube with latex condoms, and avoid silicone-based lube with silicone toys. Using an incompatible lube can cause the condom or toy to break down.
Here's a handy chart to refer to:
5. You're not carrying your own condoms.
Unless you and your partner have agreed on who will provide the condoms, it's always a good idea to have your own handy. You never know when you'll need one, and you'll want to make sure you have the right kind to suit your needs when the time comes.