STI nurses reveal some of the strangest questions they've been asked
STIs are a common issue among those who are sexually active, with a number running rampant throughout the UK. While you can protect yourself and your sexual partners from contracting Sexually Transmitted Infections, sometimes even being super careful doesn't pay off.
Suspecting you have an STI should result in a trip to your GP or a sexual health clinic to get checked out and treated - not to mention having to inform those you've had sex with. Refinery29 recently spoke to some of the nurses who help deal with STIs to find out what the strangest questions they've been asked are.
We're sure there are some other interesting comments made by those getting their STIs checked out, but here are a few of the ones that really caught our attention:
'Should I be worried about how my vagina looks?'
Nurse Suzie got asked this question and said she was "shocked and saddened" when she was. The answer to this is a clear and definitive 'no'. Everyone's vagina is different and there is no such thing as a normal one.
As Suzie comments, this question shows that women have been taught that their vaginas have to look a certain way. This is, in part, influenced by porn culture that seems to show short and neat labia and a small, visible clitoris.
In actual fact, vaginas come in all shapes and sizes. The only time you should ever be worried, she said, is if the look of your vagina changes dramatically, becomes sore or you experience a change in discharge. In these cases, get yourself to an STI clinic!
'Can mutual masturbation give you an STI?'
Darren got asked this question and said he needed to clarify exactly what was meant by it. The answer depends on what type of mutual masturbation you are engaging in.
If you're using your hands, there's a really small chance that you'll be able to get an STI. However, genital to genital masturbation can put you at risk of a number of STIs, so it is a good idea to ensure you get tested regularly.
'Can a condom get "lost" inside me?'
Another question Suzie was asked and another big no. It is impossible for a condom to get pushed deep enough into your vagina for it to get 'lost' due to the cervix blocking its way.
However, condoms can come off in your vagina, which usually means you can remove it yourself. In these cases, you are at risk of STIs so should get tested. It will also put you at risk of pregnancy if you are not also on another form of contraception.
If you have any questions about STIS or sex, head to your nearest sexual health clinic.