Unprotected sex is any sexual activity where the participants do not take precautions to protect themselves from sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unintended pregnancy. It can involve any type of sexual activity, including oral, anal, and vaginal intercourse.
Sex without a condom or other form of contraception is considered unprotected sex. Even if a partner is on birth control, there is still a risk of contracting an STI. Unprotected sex can also lead to an unintended pregnancy if contraception is not used. To know more about risks of unprotected sex we contacted Dr. Sanjay Kumavat, Consultant Psychiatrist and Sexologist, Fortis Hospital Mulund.
Following are the dangers of having an unprotected sex:
Syphilis is a bacterial infection that is spread through sexual contact, and can cause fever, headaches, and skin rashes. It can lead to serious health issues, including blindness and paralysis, if left untreated.
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Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by bacteria called Chlamydia trachomatis. It can cause pain, discharge, and irregular bleeding. It can lead to infertility if not treated. According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, a woman should get tested for chlamydia, if she is sexually active and younger than 25 years old or has multiple sexual partners.
Genital warts are caused by human papillomavirus virus, and they can be passed on through unprotected sex. They are usually painless, but can cause itching, burning, and discomfort.
Gonorrhea is an STI caused by bacteria, and can cause painful urination, discharge, and irregular bleeding. It can lead to infertility if not treated.
The World Health Organization reports that emergency contraception used within five days of sex can prevent more than 95% of pregnancies.
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An unplanned pregnancy can have negative consequences on both the mother and the baby. To prevent an unwanted pregnancy, it is important to use birth control such as condoms or the pill.
Increased Risk Of HIV And AIDS.
HIV and AIDS can have devastating effects on a person’s health and life. To prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS, it is important to use protection such as condoms, and to get tested regularly.
Increased Risk Of Cervical Cancer
Cervical cancer can be caused by the human papillomavirus virus(HPV), which can be contracted through unprotected sex. To prevent the spread of HPV, it is important to use protection such as condoms, and to get vaccinated against HPV.
The best way to protect yourself from STIs and pregnancy is to use a barrier method of contraception such as a condom. It is also important to get tested for STIs regularly, especially if you are engaging in unprotected sex.
It is also important to practice safe sex when engaging in any type of sexual activity. This means being honest and open with your partner about your sexual history and using protection. If you are concerned about your health, it is also important to get tested for STIs regularly.