Safe Sex Guide: Common Condom Errors

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Condom is a sheath-shaped barrier device that may be used during sexual intercourse to reduce the probability of pregnancy and spreading sexually transmitted infections (STIs/STDs) such as HIV/AIDS. It is rolled onto an erect penis before intercourse and physically blocks ejaculated semen from entering the body of a sexual partner. Condoms are also used during fellatio and for collection of semen for use in infertility treatment. In the modern age, condoms are most often made from latex, but some are made from other materials such as polyurethane, polyisoprene, or lamb intestine. A female condom is also available, often made of nitrile.

The effectiveness of condoms, as of most forms of contraception, can be assessed two ways. Perfect use or method effectiveness rates only include people who use condoms properly and consistently. Actual use, or typical use effectiveness rates are of all condom users, including those who use condoms incorrectly or do not use condoms at every act of intercourse.

Error in using condoms is very risky leading to life threatening STD infections.

Proper use of condoms can almost stop spread of STD diseases from one partner to another. Condoms are widely recommended for the prevention of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). They have been shown to be effective in reducing infection rates in both men and women. While not perfect, the condom is effective at reducing the transmission of organisms that cause AIDS, genital herpes, cervical cancer, genital warts, syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and other diseases. Condoms are often recommended as an adjunct to more effective birth control methods (such as IUD) in situations where STD protection is also desired.

That is why correct use of condoms are very important.

How to correctly use condoms

Several studies reveal condom usage errors. Here are some helpful facts to keep in mind while using condoms to increase your pleasure and to prevent sexual diseases and uncomforting:

  1. Use latex condoms

Use latex condoms because only latex condoms provides the finest protection against STDs

  1. Check expiry date

Always check the expiry date of condoms, as condoms have a shelf life – 3 years with spermicidal, 5 years without spermicide.

condom usage tips

  1. Reservoir tip

If your condom doesn’t have a reservoir tip, pinch the tip adequate to leave a ½ inch space for semen to accumulate. Leave ½ extra room at the tip, it gives comfort and accommodate semen. Not too tight, not too loose.

  1. Water based lubricants

Apply only water based lubricants, something else can damage the latex condoms. Apply extra lubricants, as it has several benefits, it increases compassion and sexual pleasure for both partners and it prevents the condom from tearing from friction.

  1. Storage

Store condoms properly. Do not carry a condom in your back pocket; a shirt’s pocket or protective case, purse, drawer is best to keep it.

  1. Open properly

Always use the tear strip to open the condom packets, never open the condom package with your teeth.

Safe Sex tips - Common Condom Errors

  1. Break split or tear

If you experience a condom break, split or tear, discontinue intercourse and withdraw the condom immediately.

  1. Use right size to avoid slip off

There are basically 3 sizes of condoms available – standard size, contoured size, and large size (2 mm larger than standard size). Wear right size of condom to avoid slip off during sexual intercourse. If condom is too small or tight, it may split or tear and if condom is too large, it will make uncomfortable to both partners and both cases are unprotective.

  1. How to unroll

After opening the condom package, get the rolled edge and unroll it a wee bit adding few drops of extra lubricant on the inside. This method prevents the condom from sticking to the skin.

  1. Always use new

Always use new condom for each sexual intercourse. Never reuse condom. Select the right kind of condoms to prevent sexual disease.

  1. When to put it on?

Put the condom on when the penis is erect (hard) and but put it on before sexual penetration.

  1. How to remove condom?

After intercourse remove the condom from the penis properly, pull it off gently and carefully, do not let the semen spill out.

Safe Sex Guide - Common Condom Errors

  1. Withdraw carefully

Before the penis gets soft and flexible after ejaculation, hold the edge of the condom and carefully withdraw from your partner.

  1. Dispose

Wrap up the used condoms in a tissue or plastic bag and throw it away in the garbage where others won’t touch it, and wash your hands properly with hand wash or soap. Never flush them down the toilet/bathroom, as condoms can cause problems in sewers.

  1. Bottom line

Use the condom in correct way, from start to finish.

How to use condoms

How to roll/use condom and dispose

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How to insert female condom

using female condom

Remember: Condoms not only prevent STDs, it can help enhance the pleasure if utilized properly.

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