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Oral Sex Without the Risk- What are Dental Dams and how can they help?

Dental dams- the name might conjure images of complex dental procedures, but these thin, square sheets of plastic hold a hidden superpower: protecting your sexual health. This contraceptive also increases hygiene. Let's find out!

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Dental dams- the name might conjure images of complex dental procedures, but these thin, square sheets of plastic hold a hidden superpower: protecting your sexual health. Let's ditch the confusion and dive into the world of dental dams,exploring their benefits, uses, and effectiveness as a barrier method against sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

The Versatility of Dental Dams

Primarily used in dentistry to isolate teeth during procedures, dental dams have become a champion for safe oral sex.They act as a physical barrier, creating a shield between your mouth and your partner's genitals or anus, reducing the risk of STI transmission.

STIs and the Power of Protection

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Oral sex can be a pleasurable part of intimacy, but it comes with a risk of STI transmission. Here's where dental dams step in:

  • STIs Spread Through Bodily Fluids: STIs like herpes, HPV, gonorrhoea, and chlamydia can be transmitted through contact with infected oral, vaginal, or anal fluids. Dental dams act as a barrier, minimizing this risk.

The Added Benefits of Dental Dams

Dental dams offer a range of benefits beyond STI protection:

  • Reduced Pregnancy Risk: While not primarily a contraceptive method, dental dams can help prevent pregnancy in some situations, such as during oral sex with a partner who is near ovulation and using withdrawal.
  • Increased Hygiene: They can help minimize the transfer of bacteria between partners.
  • Enhanced Pleasure: Dental dams can create a smoother sensation during oral sex for some people.
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How Effective Are Dental Dams?

The effectiveness of dental dams depends on consistent and correct use. Studies suggest they can significantly reduce the risk of STI transmission, especially when combined with other safer sex practices.

Debunking Dental Dam Misconceptions

  • Myth: Dental dams decrease pleasure.
  • Fact: Many people find dental dams enhance sensation or don't notice a difference in pleasure.
  • Myth: Dental dams are difficult to use.
  • Fact: With a little practice, dental dams are easy to use and come with clear instructions.

So You Want to Use a Dental Dam? Here's How!

  1. Unfold the dam and locate the comfortable side.
  2. Drape the dam over two or three fingers.
  3. Stretch the dam over your partner's genitals or anus.
  4. Ensure the dam covers all areas of potential contact.
  5. Remove and dispose of the dam after use.

Dental dams are readily available at most pharmacies, sexual health clinics, and online retailers. Consult our Gytree experts for any queries and concerns. 

Dental dams are a simple yet powerful tool for promoting safe and enjoyable sex. They offer protection against STIs, can add a fun twist to intimacy, and empower you to take charge of your sexual health. So, ditch the confusion and embrace the dam! Remember, a little barrier can go a long way in safeguarding your smile (and more).

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