9 Things Anyone Planning On Having Sex This Christmas Needs To Remember

22 December 2017, 12:05

Katie Louise-Smith

By Katie Louise-Smith


Ahhhh, the festive season. Nights out with friends, nights spent in with your bae. Maybe you'll have sex, maybe you won't... But if you ARE planning on having sex over the festive period, then there's a few things you need to remember before doing so:

1) First things first... don't forget the condoms. 


Whether you're a guy or a girl, never assume that your partner will take care of the contraception - particularly if it's someone you don't know very well. In this world, sometimes you gotta have your own damn back and if that means going out and buying condoms before the shops shut on Christmas Eve or New Year's Eve then so be it. 


2) Make sure you refill your prescription before the holidays.


Ladies, pharmacies and doctors surgeries are likely to have very limited opening times over the festive season so be aware if your contraceptive pill prescription is due to run out. 


3) Same goes for your emergency contraception too.

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If you do end up having unprotected sex, then you'll need to get your hands on emergency contraception to avoid unwanted pregnancy. The sooner you take the morning after pill after unprotected sex, the more effective the treatment is but remember, stores close early on certain days over the festive period so it might be useful to buy it in advance in case you need it. 

Emergency contraception does NOT protect you from STIs. Remember those condoms too.


4) Treat yourself to some festive underwear.

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Better yet, wait until after Christmas and it'll all be on discount. WAHEY. 


5) If you hook up with a co-worker, the next few months of your life might be awkward as f*ck.


Everyone gets a little excited at the work Christmas party, don't they? And everybody knows that the worst thing that can happen at those parties is when someone hooks up with another co-worker and immediately regrets it the next day. But if you want to spend weeks and weeks asking yourself the inevitable question of "why did I do that", walking in different directions and avoiding eye contact across the office, then by all means, GO FOR IT. 


6) Treat your body to a Christmas glo-up.

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Do whatever makes you feel comfortable. If that means going for a pre-festive season wax or dying your underarm hair a different colour ala Miley Cyrus, go for it. It's the holiday season after all. Maybe stay away from the glitter though, it's a terrible idea.


7) Remember: The "Pull Out" technique is NOT an effective method of contraception.


In case you aren't familiar with the "technique", the pull out method refers to the act of pulling out of your partner at the point of ejaculation. But don’t take the risk. This is not a form of contraception and is not reliable at all. 


8) SPOILER ALERT: Sex burns calories and you know what THAT means.

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You can eat as many rounds of leftovers as you like. Sex burns 69 calories for women and 100 for men on average so it's a good enough excuse for you and ya partner to put the gym on hold for another week or so. 


9) Consent, please!


Listen, we all get a little tipsy over Christmas and New Year, don't we? Alcohol will be consumed by the bucket load but remember... the first and most important rule of sex is consent. If the person you're about to have sex with isn't quite sober enough to consent, then don't have sex. And if you feel like you're being pressured into something you don't feel comfortable doing, say no! 

It's important to be informed about contraception and your reproductive health. For REAL advice, visit bpas.org - the UK's leading provider of abortion care service. 

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