How do two women having sex protect themselves?

Even though two women don’t have to worry about getting pregnant when they have sex, they still have to think about how to protect themselves from sexually transmitted infections.

In general, women who have sex only with other women are at less risk than other women for infections like chlamydia, gonorrhea, and HIV. But they are at risk for other infections, including bacterial vaginosis, herpes, HPV, pubic lice, and trichomoniasis. Sex between women can be safer if sex toys are always cleaned before another partner uses them and by using dental dams during oral sex. A dental dam is a small thin square of latex that you can use as a barrier to keep your bodily fluids to yourself. Click here to learn more about how dental dams work. 

Because women who have sex with other women are at risk of STDs, they should talk with their doctor or nurse about any discomfort they have, and they should get regular checkups.