Been diagnosed with an STI? Now what?
If you’ve been diagnosed with a sexually transmissible infection (STI), you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed, worried or unsure about what’s next. It might seem scary but getting an STI is not the end of the world. In fact, 4 million people in Australia will get an STI at […]
Why we love lube (and you will too)
Have you ever been having sex and noticed that things were getting a bit…dry? It happens to the best of us and there’s a super easy solution. ENTER: lube. Honestly, lube does not get the love and attention it deserves. Not only can lube make sex feel more comfortable, but […]
It’s National Condom Day!
It’s Valentine’s Day National Condom Day! It’s no coincidence that Valentine’s Day and National Condom Day fall on the same day… but in terms of which one we’re celebrating, well that’s a no brainer. Here at Play Safe, we’ll take any excuse to celebrate condoms, but today, on National Condom […]
Dealing with sexual anxiety
The past five years have seen a concerning increase in the cases of syphilis across NSW. So here’s everything you need to know about who’s at risk, how to get tested and what to do if you have it.
5 ways you can get involved with SEXtember
Want to celebrate SEXtember but not sure where to start? Read this!
Condoms: Get the facts
Get to know the humble and heroic condom…the best friend of safe sex.
Having sex for the first time? Here’s what to expect…
Your first time having sex can be a bit of an emotional roller coaster and some strange things may happen with your body too – most of the time, it’s nothing to be concerned about. So if you’re thinking about moving on to the next step, let’s help you prepare.
Awkward sex ‘problems’ that are actually totally normal
Enjoying a healthy and safe sex life is all about open communication and overcoming ‘problems’ together. So, uncomfortable conversations and ‘awkward moments’ are inevitable, in fact, they’re totally healthy and here’s why…
Ask Nurse Nettie: the top 10 questions from 2021
Nurse Nettie is our sexual health professional, helping you navigate all your sexy (or not so sexy) queries. She is starting the year off by revealing the most commonly asked questions of 2021…
The Dos and Don’ts of Condoms
When used correctly condoms are over 98% effective, but it’s easy to make mistakes that could result in condoms breaking during sex.
Safe sex for young people: how to protect yourself from STIs
By understanding the risks associated with sex – and doing what you can do to minimise them – you can protect yourself from sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and take control of your sexual health.
The 4 C’s of safe sex
Here are our 4 C’s of safe sex – Consent, Condoms, Contraception, and Communication. Follow these four golden rules and you’ll have safe – and great – sex, every time.
The complete guide to the internal condom
Everyone knows what a condom is, but hands up if you’ve ever heard of the internal condom (also known as the female condom)? This lesser-known barrier contraceptive gets inserted into the vagina or anus before sex. Just like the condom you’re probably already familiar with, the internal condom protects against […]
What to do if you’re allergic to condoms
Condoms are the only form of contraception that protect against STIs and unplanned pregnancy. Although most people have no problems using condoms, a small proportion of people can be allergic to materials they’re made from. Here’s what to do if you think you might be one of them. An allergic […]
Emergency Contraceptive Pill (The morning after pill)
The Emergency Contraceptive Pill (ECP) AKA ‘The Morning After Pill’ can be taken to reduce the risk of pregnancy after unprotected sex. That means, if you’ve had sex and the condom broke or you didn’t use a condom and aren’t using another form of reliable birth control, the ECP is […]
Let’s talk lube
Lubricant, or lube, increases pleasure for girls and guys, during sex, making sex more comfortable and enjoyable. Lube is used to decrease friction, which means sex with lube won’t be dry and uncomfortable. There are three main types of lube: Water-based lube Water-based lubes are the most common. They are slippery […]
The schoolies souvenir you may not know you have…
In our latest guest blog, Amy from Unleashed Grad Trips reminds us about the importance of getting an STI test after last year’s schoolies’ fun. Now that the New Year has sprung and the post schoolies depression has seriously kicked in, it’s time to reminisce on all the great memories […]
Pain in the penis
No one likes to experience pain – especially in the penis! Let’s look at some of the reasons why you can feel pain in your penis, and the solutions for it. STIs can be a cause of genital pain. Chlamydia and gonorrhoea can cause discharge (pus that leaks out of […]
Where did the Condom go?
So you’ve just had sex, but the condom has disappeared? No need to freak out, here are a few steps you can take. Find the condom The first thing you should do is try to get the lost condom out yourself. If you were having PIV (penis-in-vagina) sex, it might […]
It seems from your questions and emails that many of you are interested in the Combined Oral Contraceptive Pill, or “the Pill”. The Pill is a small tablet that a female takes once a day. There are a variety of Pills available in Australia, but a single packet generally contains 21 hormone […]