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An_257582 posted:
I am almost one year into menopause. The last sexual relationship I was in I was still having cycles.
Now that my body is different I want to know what precautions do I need to be aware of when I become active again? Is pregnancy possible? Are STD's, HIV/AIDS, etc. still something I should be aware of? How do I stay sexually safe at this time in my life?
Mary Jane Minkin, MD responded:
Dear An_257582,
You are asking good questions. Indeed, after a year of no periods, you do not need to use contraception. But practicing safe sex: using a condom-is still very important. Discussing these issues with a potential partner is very important. Some couples go to a health care provider and do testing for the major sexually transmitted diseases-So stay as careful as you are.
Good luck,
Mary Jane

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