Despite the fact that spontaneous sex is great, you should always have a few condoms in your pocket or bag to use. It is important to understand that unprotected sex has a lot of dangerous and even life-threatening consequences. Moreover, hormonal and some other types of contraception will not save you from STIs and other conditions that can be transmitted through sex or skin-to-skin contact.
Condoms are considered one of the most effective contraception options that can prevent the spread of STIs. However, even they have a small chance to fail to tear during sex. That’s why you should be extremely careful and control your passion to avoid complications. In this article, we gathered four dangerous consequences of unprotected sex you should know.
Unwanted pregnancy can become a joy or trouble for a couple. If you wanted to have children and the conception happened suddenly then it would be better to congratulate you. However, if you don’t plan to have children (now or at all), such a pregnancy can become a real disaster.
If you have had unprotected sex less then three days ago, there is emergency contraception that can eliminate the possible pregnancy. If you missed the required time for it, you still can ask your gynecologist about abortion. There are a few types of it and your doctor will help to choose the option that would be the most suitable in your situation.
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are considered the most common issue that can occur as a result of unprotected sex. Many people think that these infections can be passed only through vaginal sex and there is no need to use condoms during anal or oral sex. The reality is that STIs can be passed during all types of sex and even through skin-to-skin contact.
Many STIs can develop asymptomatically for a certain period of time. This means that you may even not know that you are infected and pass the infection to other people. Most STIs manifest themselves through abnormal discharge, unpleasant vaginal odor, pelvic pain, and rush.
If you have noticed at least some of the symptoms listed above, visit your gynecologist immediately for proper treatment. Otherwise, an untreated STI can spread and cause pelvic inflammatory disease that may cause severe pain, fever, and even infertility.
The human immunodeficiency viruses (HIV) remains one of the most significant health issues in the world. HIV affects the human immune system and ceases its ability to defend the body against diseases. HIV infection develops slowly and may not show symptoms for many years. From the moment of infection to reaching the stage of AIDS, it may take up to 10 years.
You can only get HIV from an infected person. To get infected, enough viral particles should pass from the infected person into another person's bloodstream. Anyone can become infected with HIV, regardless of gender, age, nationality, sexual orientation, material wealth, or belonging to any social group. HIV can enter the human body:
Through unprotected sex
From an infected mother to her baby in utero, during childbirth, or during breastfeeding.
Despite the fact that you can’t get cervical cancer during unprotected sex, you can easily be infected with human papillomavirus (HPV). This virus is considered the most common cause of cervical cancer. It can be passed from the infected person by sex (vaginal, oral, anal) or through skin-to-skin contact. That’s why Pap smear should be included in your annual gynecological check-up.
HPV can remain in the body for a certain period of time and disappear on its own or lead to the development of cervical cancer. The main problem is that cervical cancer can develop asymptomatically until the late stages. Be sure to regularly visit your gynecologist and avoid unprotected sex.