6. For using a condom the right way.
Using condoms during sex is called the “barrier method” of protection. When used correctly, they’re 98% effective at preventing pregnancy (but when used incorrectly, they’re only 82% effective). Condoms can also be a good way to reduce your risk of contracting or spreading STIs. They don’t protect you against all STIs (some can be spread from skin-to-skin contact, for instance), but it’s a good place to start.
Worth noting: The best thing you can do for yourself in terms of protection against STIs: Get tested, know your status, and get treatment for any STIs that you do have. Not all are curable, but all can be treated to one degree or another. See more information about STI testing and treatment here.
Infographic via Erika Moen of OhJoySexToy.
7. For when condoms alone might not cut it.
Condoms aren’t the only barrier method in town. Depending on the sex act or the partner, you might benefit more from one of these other options.
8. For a gentle reminder to know your status and protect yourself in multiple ways.
Again, condoms alone won’t keep you safe and protected — it’s also vital to know your STI status, and get treated for any STIs that you do have (many of which don’t have obvious symptoms). Learn more here.
11. For knowing just where you stand.
Hey, labels aren’t the worst thing ever, and monogamy isn’t necessarily for everyone. Isn’t it better to be honest and up-front about it?
13. For making your room a bit more hospitable to overnight guests.
You don’t need ceiling mirrors or stripper poles to turn your bedroom into a verifiable sex den. Instead, you should make your bed as inviting as possible, according to Men’s Health. These 7 Sex Upgrades For Your Bed are a good place to start.
14. For getting it on during pregnancy.
For tips about how to do each of these moves, plus four more pregnancy sex positions, read Have Hot Pregnancy Sex: The Best Positions For Every Trimester, via Women’s Health.
15. For exploring your kinky side.
OK, so this isn’t a chart, but it is a great primer on all things BDSM (as in: all the things that you didn’t learn from reading or watching Fifty Shades of Grey). Check it out, and ready the handcuffs!
18. For when you want a little more playfulness in your relationship.
For more details on this, check out The Couples Bucket List You’ll Actually Want To Do.
19. For, ahem, improving your flexibility and opening those hips.
Speaking of fitness for better sex… See 10 Ways Exercise Makes Your Sex Life Better (According to Science).
21. For choosing the best birth control for you.
Via Greatist. WORTH NOTING: Per the infographic, all the costs listed are before health insurance. Under the Affordable Care Act, anyone with insurance can now get many types of birth control for free, without a copay. More on that here.
23. For if the condom breaks anyway.
From Planned Parenthood’s Tumblr post: “Note: If you’re a trans guy who takes hormones, you should talk with your doctor and see what they recommend when it comes to taking emergency contraception. Unfortunately, right now there isn’t enough research that tells us how hormonal EC will affect you, so your best choice may be the non-hormonal ParaGard IUD.“
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