The Beginner’s Guide to BDSM Part 3 – Hygiene and Safety

Good Hygiene

This seems like a no-brainer but it’s important to cover all bases. Hygiene and health are vital when it comes to BDSM. Everyone wants to have a wild, naughty play time but they also want to finish and feel that they were safe and healthy. Personally, I prefer my play partners to be clean and groomed. I’m well aware that some people enjoy sweat and dirt as their fetish, but these terms have to be agreed upon beforehand. In general, when you look at a web site to meet a Domme, they will state that you must show up clean and freshly showered. To be honest, it’s just basic manners!

It’s as simple as looking after your health

BDSM health and hygiene is incredibly important.
Wrap your toys when sharing

Whether you’re playing with a professional, with a partner or a kinky friend(s), you want to look after their health as well as your own. This is Hygiene and self-care plays a big part in that. Maintaining a high level of hygiene is not only more pleasant for a session, but it can help ensure that no STD’s/STI’s are transferred. If you have a rash, a cold sore or something similar then cancel the session. You do not want to be the person spreading those illnesses. Cold sores are within the same family as herpes, so this is a big no-no to give to someone you play with.

If you’re sharing toys, it’s good practice to clean them when switching them between each person. Another way to keep things sanitary that’s quicker is to -where possible- place a condom over the toy. This way when one person has stopped using it, you just take off the condom and put on a fresh one. This is a great way of keeping everyone safe and healthy with a quick change over.

Clean your toys

When using toys, it’s important to keep them clean. No matter whether you’re playing with yourself or playing with a partner, it’s important to clean your toys after use. If you don’t clean your toys, then bacteria can grow on them and you can end up developing a yeast infection or worse. Make sure to read the guidelines for your toys when cleaning them. Some toys will be more delicate to soaps than others. You don’t want to damage the materials as this too can be dangerous.

The main thing is to stay clean (apart from any mess that the session calls for) and healthy. You don’t want to have to follow a session up with a trip to the doctors.

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