8. Are You Stocked Up On Protection?
There are enough things to worry about when it comes to losing your virginity, so don’t let the thought of getting pregnant or contracting an STI (sexually transmitted infection) be one of them. Just because you’re a virgin doesn’t mean your partner is, so make sure you ask him to get tested for any STI’s first before you have sex. Yes, ask your partner to get tested even if you’re going to use a condom (which is highly advisable). If you aren’t allergic to it, make sure you use condoms that are latex. If you’re using a lubricant be sure to use a water-based one, not an oil-based lubricant since it can tear the condom. Even if you are using birth control pills, backup contraception can help you to be less anxious about getting pregnant. The less stress you experience when having sex for the first time, the better.