Um...what is WSW??

In a linguistic world of initials and acronyms, WSW looks a little odd, yes? We're used to having a WCW (woman crush Wednesday) so of course women who have sex with women exists as well. They're definitely on the sexuality spectrum and in most (if not, every) cishet man's fantasies, but still flying by low-key and usually left out of the already scant conversation on sexual health. Clutch your pearls ladies because there's a few things you have to understand about your sexuality having its place in the realm of health. 

There are a plethora of pros to being a WSW. You're with someone who knows the erogenous zones because they experience the same thing with their body. Women are more inclined to get consent and try things to expand their sexual palette.  Despite the popular fingering and cunnilingus being the most pervasive sex acts lesbians, bisexuals, and the curious* engage in, the possibilities are endless when it comes to how and with what women can please each other as safely as possible. 

Let's start with what comes to mind first: 

Fingering
The often teasing hand-and-pussy game that requires you to use your fingers to stimulate the clitoris, massage the labia, and if desired, to play at the entrance of the V. Very common across the generations of sexually active people, genital stroking is definitely an act that can use some housekeeping. Just like you would when you leave the bathroom or before you eat, remember to wash your hands before you caress the punani. 




Throughout the day we're touching surfaces, our faces, mouths, and others. Bacteria and germs are spread as casually as they live on and inside us so wash your hands frequently. Also, don't forget to clip hangnails and uneven nails! You don't have to necessarily do it on the regular — just at least before you go out with your partner. Doing so prevents tiny tears in the vagina which may cause slight bleeding. You definitely don't want to be the one who cut your partner with fingernails. (Ouch!) You also want to ensure that if you have any cuts or warts on your hands to use finger condoms or gloves.



Cunnilingus
YEEEES GAWD! Now this is an effervescent favorite among the WSW community (most women, actually).  Oral sex is a staple in most female sexual experiences. Putting mouth on genitals is a heavenly sensation especially when your technique is stellar and hits The Bull’s-eye. With the mouth and vulva having similar conditions, being warm, moist, lipped environments it's important to know that many STDs can be transferred to and thrive in both. The best barrier for cunnilingus are dental dams. They are dry, thin sheets that cover the genitals for you to enjoy like an open faced sandwich with cheese. It protects the mouth and vulva from exchanging fluids and spreading such infections as HSV & oral Gonorrhea/Chlamydia.  

Now let’s get deeper:

Tribbing/Scissoring
This tantalizing tease of a touch is direct genital to genital contact. Two women have their legs interlocked comfortably, and both are touching clitorises in different positions, motions, and speeds. The protective tool that best caters to this sexcapade is the female condom. The female condom is inserted into the vagina and the outer ring of the condom lays over the majority of the outside of the vulva. The female condom offers more protection in this instance because it covers the most of the female genitals outwardly, it prevents vaginal juices from escaping when they secrete, and when inserted properly, it is steady and secure. 

Sex Toys 
This may be an actual holy grail for WSW sex; it doesn't replace any favorites but it definitely AMPLFIES the sensation. Now when it comes to adult toys they can absolutely be fun, but all fun comes with caution. Sex toys should be able to be stored together. If they aren’t, they are not safe to use in the body either. If a toy is porous it can absorb dirt, color, or odor. Be sure to use separate toys and barriers when switching between the anus and genitals. We don’t want UTIs, girls! Clean toys frequently and use condoms on them or a female condom on yourself and partner. Remember to have lube handy.




There is tacit myth that you can come out unscathed if you're a woman who enjoys having sex with women, which couldn't be further from the truth. Although the risk rate is lower, WSW are at higher risk for bacterial vaginosis (BV), herpes simplex virus (HSV), human papilloma virus (HPV), Chlamydia, Trichomoniasis (Trich) and pubic lice. It's important to connect intimately, whatever that means to you, with another human being, but let's not forget ladies that just as we are spiritually human we are physically human and can pass on more than pleasure when you take it there.

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