Are You Using A Condom Correctly?

Are You Using A Condom Correctly?


Condoms are one of the most common forms of birth control, and the only one for men. When used correctly, a condom is 82% effective as a birth control method. In terms of preventing STDs, latex condoms are the most effective. For those who are allergic to latex, polyurethane is a good alternative. It gives protection though not as much as latex. So-called “natural” condoms such as lamb’s skin are porous and provide little if any barrier. The way condoms deter infection is they obstruct microbes from entering the body. But with lamb’s skin and their ilk, viruses such as HPV, herpes and HIV, and bacteria such as chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis can pass through the pores and cause infection. It is best to purchase either latex or polyurethane condoms. Having the right condom isn’t the only issue. It’s ever so important how you use it. Failure can result in infection or pregnancy, making the effort pointless.


First, be careful when opening the wrapper.  Taking a corner and tearing across the top is perhaps the best method. Your rings, fingernails or teeth may rip a hole in the condom, so be careful. Next, determine which side is the outside. The condom rolls down from the top. If you place it on top and it doesn’t want to roll down, turn it over. Be sure to pinch air out of the tip before slipping it past the head and shaft. It you don’t, trapped air in the tip can make a little balloon, which will rupture during sex. Be sure to push it all the way down to the bottom of your shaft. The pressure of ejaculation could cause the condom to come off inside of her if it isn’t on all the way. Use a new condom each and every time you engage in intercourse. Only a water-based lubricant will do. Oil-based ones such as body lotions, Vaseline or massage oil can cause the condom to break. Never use two condoms. They will rub against one another and rip each other open. Condoms with spermicide decrease the risk of pregnancy. But they may also increase the risk of STDs, according to some studies. Store condoms properly. Do not keep them somewhere hot like a wallet or a car’s glove compartment. Check the expiration date before use. If it is past the date do not use it. Lastly, make sure the size you are using fits correctly. If it is too large or too snug it won’t work, defeating its purpose.

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