Valentine's Day or not, when it comes to sex people generally want their first time to be special and memorable. Knowing that you'll be having sex for the first time might create anxiety, nervousness and for some a lot of excitement. But others might be wondering how it feels.
Dr Nupur Gupta, Director, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Fortis Gurugram and Dr. Vimal Grover, Director: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Fortis LaFemme keep you informed with that to expect. 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. You can also talk to someone you trust (parent, sibling or a friend). As gynaecologists, they recommend one to be mindful of two things: protection against unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Having sex during your fertile days can result in pregnancy. So, you need to be aware of a birth control or contraceptive method before you engage in sexual intercourse. Condoms and diaphragms (barrier contraceptive) protect against both pregnancy and STIs. Other options can be combined hormonal oral pills that prevent release of egg from the ovary, but it will only give protection against pregnancy.
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. Having an open communication is important. Don't feel pressured.