Contraception: Barrier Methods for Female Homosexual Relationships
Care should always be taken when in a new sexual relationship. Until you and your partner have been tested for STIs and you have agreed to be in a monogamous relationship, it is always best to use a barrier method of birth control to reduce the chance of transmission of STIs.
Male condoms (specifically, ones made from latex, polyurethane, or polyisoprene) are great at preventing the transmission of STIs from one infected partner to another uninfected partner. They are especially great for female homosexual relationships (abbreviated hereafter as FHR).
Why Use a Male Condom?
It makes sense that women in an FHR would not think about using a barrier method during sexual activity. After all, biology tells us that there is no way for either one to become pregnant during this sexual activity, so why even bother?
One type of sexual activity in an FHR is the use of penetrative sex toys, such as vibrators. Because the toy could be used on both women, and it is rare to have purchased a sex toy for a specific partner, placing a male condom on the sex toy specifically for each partner should dramatically reduce the chance of STI transmission from one partner to the other. Of course, the condom should be changed between use on each partner, and the toy should be cleaned properly between instances of sexual activity.
Dental Dams for Oral Sex
Of course, another type of sexual activity that is common in an FHR is oral sex. To reduce the chance of transmission of an STI during oral sex, a dental dam should be used. Dental dams are a sheet of either latex or silicon. Examine the dental dam before using it, to ensure that it has not been punctured, and use a water-based lubricant to preserve the integrity of the material.
In keeping yourself as healthy as possible, safer sex matters for female homosexual relationships just as much as heterosexual relationships.