Tips on the Proper Use of a Condom

Condoms are one of the most commonly used and effective means of both preventing pregnancy and reducing the risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). But they are only effective if the condom does its job properly. Sometimes, condoms fail. Sometimes, they break during s*x. Sometimes they fall off. And in fact, there are multiple reasons why a condom might fail. Are you using your condom properly?

The answer might be “no” (or you might be in trouble) if:

the condom breaks during s*x
the condom was not manufactured properly
the condom expiration date has passed (take the package’s expiration date seriously, because they do lose their elasticity)
the condom was damaged after manufacture
the condom was used more than once
Proper Condom Use
Aside from checking the expiration date, there are a few other things you can do to ensure your condom works.

For one, avoid tearing or damaging the condom when you remove it from its packaging. If you think there’s a possibility you may have damaged the condom while unwrapping or unrolling it, toss it and start over.

Speaking of unrolling the condom, you should unroll it over your erect man-hood, rather than shaking it out like a shopping bag and then trying to pull it on over your man-hood.

If you’re applying lubricant or spermicide, do not use anything oil-based, as it will damage latex condoms.

And always remove the condom quickly after Release. As the man-hood shrinks, it can allow sperm and other fluids to escape from the condom before the man-hood is withdrawn.

Why Your Condom Might Break During s*x
Condoms can sometimes break during intercourse, especially during vigorous s*xual activity. This can sometimes be due to a weakness in the condom.

man-hood piercings can also cause condoms to split, as can sharp fingernails or teeth.

When A Condom Is Not Manufactured Properly, or When It Is Damaged After Manufacture
Not all condoms are manufactured well. Only use condoms that are marked as approved . the FDA.

Using Appropriate Lubricant
Using appropriate lubricants is very important. Use only water-based lubricants, such as glycerine or lubricating jellies (which can be purchased at any pharmacy). Oil-based lubricants, such as petroleum jelly, cold cream, hand lotion, or baby oil, can weaken the condom.

Expiration Dates on Condom Packaging
Be aware that all condoms packets have expiration dates on them. After that date, the condom will not provide the protection you need to avoid pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections.

If you do not protect yourself each time you have s*x, you risk an unplanned pregnancy. You also risk contracting—or passing on—a sexually transmitted infection. Always use a new condom each time you have s*x.

.: Verywell


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