The dos and don'ts of casual sex...
Relationships can be great, but sometimes you're not in that space. You might want to focus on work, hobbies or friends. Perhaps you don't want to settle down; or you're after some holiday fun. Sex doesn't have to come with strings attached - but a little thought makes it lots more fun.
Every new partner brings new sexual health risks, and if you don't use a condom you're asking for trouble (and maybe a baby). Remember oral sex carries risks of sexually transmitted infections (STI's) too.
Look and Learn
Check for other STI signs such as inflammation, sores and pain on intercourse: condoms don't protect against all STIs so you need to use your brain before you use your body. If in doubt, don't.
Get Tested Regularly
Many STI's don't have symptoms, so getting tested is the only way to ensure you're free of infection.
Wear an Emotional Condom
If you want sex to feel loved or boost your confidence, you're unlikely to be satisfied by sleeping around. After all, you can easily give yourself an orgasm without any heartache. Only have casual sex if it's not going to upset you.
Protect Your Reputation
If you choose to have casual sex, some people may judge you for it. Think carefully about who you tell about your lifestyle: but do listen if friends say they're concerned about your behaviour.