Mutual consent is essential – be confident and you’ll have more fun with S&M. Take alarm signals seriously! The sub can end their consent at any time. Agree in advance a signal (like a word or gesture) which gives a clear sign to stop!
As a beginner, inform yourself about possible risks. Alcohol and drugs can interfere with your assessment of a situation and of your limits.
Spanking: Use instruments only with one sub and disinfect them thoroughly before using with the next person. Injuries where blood is present face the risk of hepatitis B and/or C infection. Avoid as far as possible sharing nipple clamps, or ensure they are thoroughly disinfected.
Wax: Approach the pain threshold carefully. Liquid wax on mucous membranes, ears, eyes, and wounds causes a greater risk of injury. When injuries occur, there is an increased risk of infection with HIV, hepatitis C and STIs.
Note that beeswax is hotter than others!
Bodily fluids: If semen or blood contacts wounds or mucous membranes, there is an increased risk of an HIV and hepatitis C infection.