By Lady Marmalade, October 25 2016 —
It’s a tale as old as time — no matter what sexual activity you’re planning on engaging in — be safe. Whether you’re wearing a condom, using a dental dam or you’re on the pill, the patch or ring, there are literally endless contraceptive opportunities for people having sex. Students at the University of Calgary have a ton of methods available to them.
If you have a vagina and are engaging in sexual activities with anyone — regardless of their gender — it is important to protect yourself from an unwanted pregnancy or from sexually transmitted infections. As someone who has tried a plethora of contraceptive methods, here’s my advice: birth control is a two-way street. Don’t trust someone to wear a condom or tell you they’re free from infections.
There is hormonal birth control that comes in many forms — the pill, the patch, the ring and intrauterine devices. These aren’t always 100 per cent effective, but they give extra assurance. For oral sex on a woman, use a dental dam. For oral sex on a man, use a condom — it’ll still feel good. A thin piece of latex isn’t going to prevent you from getting your groove on. Plus, nothing is more of a turn-on than knowing you are preventing the spread of infection.
If you’re someone who has a penis, cover your dong. Wrap your cap. Glove your love. It’s safer and mess-free. Plus, you can get some pretty sweet specialty condoms that are flavored or have small bumps and ridges for different pleasurable experiences. Long-lasting condoms use numbing technology that if exposed to the inside of a vagina will leave your lover with a numb crotch for multiple hours. Rinse it.
Condoms that go inside of a vagina are weird. I’m not saying they don’t work, but in order to still feel pleasure and feel less like a human garbage bag, use lots of lube. It’ll do the trick but takes some getting used to. If anyone with a penis ever tells you they don’t wear condoms because they aren’t “comfortable,” they are lying. Condoms come in all shapes and sizes, so unless their penis resembles the Eiffel Tower, they should be fine. If you’re allergic to latex, there are also condoms that won’t cause irritation.
When engaging in sexual activity, there is always a way to be safe. This campus has a lot of resources. The Q Centre — located on the second floor of MacHall next to the Black Lounge — has condoms of various forms available. They are also a great resource for sexual education and expression. Condoms are available for free at various other campus locations, so keep an eye out and don’t be shy.
If exploring your sexuality is something you want to do, it’s important to be safe. Wash your toys, wash your privates and make good choices. Be careful out there.