Safe sex is a must not only for youngsters but also for people above the age of 45. More and more elderly are finding themselves single after years of marriage. At the age of 50, a large majority are reticent to talk about sex, let alone discuss safe sexual practices.
However, with the spate of sexually transmitted infections, it has become very important for most elderly to now practice safe sex. Here are some ways by which people over 50 can indulge is safe sexual practices.
Effective Tips On Safer Sex For Over 50′s
The Use of Condoms
If you are over 50 and are in a sexual relationship with multiple partners, it becomes important to use condoms at all times. While women above 50 don’t have to worry about becoming pregnant as most of them have attained menopause, it still becomes necessary for them to insist on the use of condoms.
Condoms protect both men and women against sexually transmitted diseases. These include diseases like HIV, gonorrhea and syphilis which are potentially dangerous and life threatening.
Talking About HIV
If you have met someone new, you may feel shy about asking about the person’s sexual past. But in today’s era where HIV has become notoriously rampant, it makes a lot of sense to ask whether a person is carrying the virus or not. Insist on an HIV test being performed on your partner before you decide to get into a sexual relationship.
When Should You Not Use Condoms
Unless you and your partner have tested negative for HIV it is unsafe to stop using condoms. However if you are convinced that your partner is free from infection you can stop using condoms. Also insist that your partner be in a monogamous relationship with you. Having multiple partners enhances the risk of a sexually contracted disease.
Contraception for Women
Although most women in their 50’s have hit menopause and are not getting their periods, they should ideally continue to take precautions for at least 12 months after their last period.
This is because accidental ovulation may occur and the woman may be at the risk of getting pregnant.
Lubrication With Condoms
A lot of elderly women may suffer from lubrication problems well after their 50’s. This is also due to the onset of menopause. In such cases, using water based lubes may actually come to their rescue. Use lubes like KY jelly and astroglide. Never use petroleum jelly, Vaseline, other creams with condoms as they can damage the condom and increase the chances of a pregnancy or a sexually transmitted infection.
Getting Tested for STDs
Go to your nearest hospital or health clinic to find out about the essential tests that need to be done to check for a sexually transmitted infection. Make sure you go to a reputed clinic only that carries out all certified tests.
Getting them will be an additional precautionary measure against STDs. With the help of the above tips, most people in their 50’s can continue to enjoy sex without worrying about pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections.