Can condoms cause yeast infections? Separating myths from facts
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by Kit Jenkin
1w ago
Condoms are a great contraceptive tool that allows people to enjoy sex while minimising the risks of sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancies. However, there are a lot of misconceptions out there about condoms, how they can be used, and what risks using them can entail. Specifically, we often hear causes for concern around condoms causing yeast infections. In this article, we’ll examine the possible link and arm you with information to make informed choices about your sexual health. Exploring the link between condom use and yeast infections Let’s be clear – condoms don’t cause ..read more
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Can I have a smear test if I have thrush?
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by Kit Jenkin
2w ago
Maintaining your sexual health is a vital part of most people’s lives. While this can mean being mindful of sexually transmitted infections, it also means taking control of other aspects of our sexual health in order to maintain our overall health. Smear tests are a great tool for preventing serious long-term health conditions. It’s important for women to get regular smear tests throughout their lives to get a clear view of their health. But some people worry that other conditions can get in the way. In particular, we often hear people ask whether thrush can prevent women from getting a smear ..read more
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Can HPV be transmitted by kissing?
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by Kit Jenkin
3w ago
When you’re talking about STIs, it can be tough to keep your facts straight. There are many different STIs a sexually active person can get and many more ways they can get them. There’s a lot of information about HPV out there, and it can be difficult to know what to keep in mind – what’s fact and what’s fiction. And there can be many different questions about HPV, namely, whether HPV can be transmitted from kissing. While the answer to this question may seem straightforward, it’s not as simple as you might think. Keep reading to find out more. Worried about STIs? Get tested at a sexual healt ..read more
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How long can an STD stay on a toy?
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by Kit Jenkin
1M ago
When you’re sexually active, you need to be concerned about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). But as you may know by visiting our website and reading our other blog posts, you can get an STD in all sorts of ways – not just through sex. Sex toys are great tools that help couples experience pleasure and increase intimacy. However, just like sex, sharing sex toys carries a certain amount of risk. STDs can stay on sex toys – that’s how they transmit when you’re using them. But how long can an STD stay on a sex toy? Keep reading to find out! Are you worried about STDs? Book an appointment at a ..read more
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Can you get an STI in a relationship even if no one’s cheated?
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by Kit Jenkin
1M ago
Relationships are hard. For a romantic relationship to be sustained in the long term, you need trust, mutual respect, and understanding. And very few things can disrupt relationship harmony more than the spectre of an STI. However, contrary to what many people may think, someone can get an STI without cheating. Find out more about how this is possible and what you can do if it happens. Asymptomatic infections The main thing you need to know about STIs is most of them present with no symptoms. Even when symptoms do appear, they can often be so minor that they can be ignored or mistaken for less ..read more
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Can cystitis be caused by stress?
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by Kit Jenkin
1M ago
Managing your sexual health can be a full time job. With the constant worry of sexually transmitted infections and other health concerns, it’s easy to overlook the role that stress plays in our sexual well-being. One condition that is often linked to stress is cystitis. But can stress really affect your health so much that it can cause infections like cystitis? Keep reading to find out. Understanding cystitis Before we explore the relationship with stress, it’s essential to understand cystitis itself. Cystitis primarily affects the bladder, leading to symptoms such as: •     ..read more
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Can you get an STI from giving a hand job?
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by Kit Jenkin
2M ago
When talking about sexual health, it’s common to encounter your fair share of myths. There are lots of stories out there about all the different ways you can get a sexually transmitted infection. Some have merit while others aren’t worth paying attention to. At Better2Know, we want to provide you with the best possible information about STIs so that you can make informed decisions about your sexual health. One question that comes up often is whether it’s possible to get an STI by giving a hand job. Despite what you may think, the answer to this question is much more nuanced than you might expe ..read more
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Can you get Chlamydia from kissing?
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by Kit Jenkin
2M ago
A sexually active person needs to know a lot to protect their sexual health. After all, the risks of being sexually active don’t just begin when you enter the bedroom. They can exist with even the most casual forms of intimacy. One common myth out there is that you get Chlamydia while kissing. But is this true? In this blog, we’ll cover what Chlamydia is, how it’s spread, and what you can do to protect yourself from this STI. What is Chlamydia? Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection caused by bacteria called Chlamydia trachomatis. The bacteria can infect the urinary tract, throat, eyes ..read more
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Can I get Genital Warts if my partner has them?
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by Kit Jenkin
2M ago
As much as we might wish it were otherwise, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) need to be at the forefront of the mind of anyone who is sexually active. That means you need to know about the various ways your health can be affected, and what infections you may be exposed to when having sex. If you’re sexually active, you need to know about the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV, the virus that causes Genital Warts, is the most common viral STI in the world and infects millions of people every year. It is estimated that 90% of men and 80% of women who are sexually active will catch an HPV infe ..read more
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Can STDs cause pimples?
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by Kit Jenkin
2M ago
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs), sometimes called sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), cause all sorts of symptoms. But one of the more unnerving symptoms of STIs can be pimples. So, how can you tell if these pimples are a symptom of an STI? Keep reading to find out. What counts as a pimple? A pimple is a type of acne that occurs when hair follicles, or pores, become clogged with oil and dead skin cells. This blockage can cause bacteria to grow, leading to inflammation and the formation of a pimple. Pimples are generally characterised by red, inflamed spots that may have a white centre ..read more
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