Whether you’re in a long-term relationship or you just started seeing someone new, protecting your sexual wellness should always be at the top of your mind.

The keys to safety in the bedroom

You should think about several crucial elements when trying to maintain safety in the bedroom. Fully understanding each one will allow you and your partner to relax and enjoy the time you spend together between the sheets.

1. Establish and honor boundaries

One of the joys of getting to know your partner more intimately is the opportunity to explore things sexually. However, some activities or areas of exploration may make you or your partner feel uncomfortable, perhaps for physical or emotional reasons.

For this reason, it’s critical to set boundaries when you enter a sexual relationship with someone and honor them no matter how long the relationship lasts, whether it’s for one night or for years. These boundaries can change over time—so it’s valid to revisit them periodically—but while the element of surprise can be a fun way to spice up