It is important to always use a condom when having sex. However, condom usage can be tricky. It is not as simple as simply putting a condom on and being protected from everything. So, here is a list of do’s and don’ts on condom use.
Do Always use a condom
Even if you or your partner are on birth control, that does not protect against STDs. It is important to use a condom because it protects yours and your partner’s genitals from bodily fluids that may carry diseases.
Don’t reuse condoms
Condoms are only good for one use. If you try to reuse one, it will most likely break or spread old bodily fluids. It will also be difficult to put back on.
Do check the expiration date on your condoms
Condoms can expire. When a condom expires, it become weaker and is more likely to break.
Don’t keep condoms in your wallet
Condoms should be kept in cool, dry places. Wallets can become dark and hot, which can weaken the condom and cause it to break.
Do put the condom on before any contact with your partner’s genitals
STDs can be transmitted through other bodily fluids, not just semen. It is possible to catch one even if someone do not ejaculate inside their partner. Be sure you put a condom on before there is any contact between you and your partner’s genitals.
Don’t unroll the condom before you put it on
To put in a condom, you should pinch the tip of the condom while it is still rolled up. Place it on the tip of the penis and unroll it to the base.
Do use water based lubricants
While you can get condoms that are already lubricated, you can also use other lubricants. KY Jelly and most other brands of sexual lubricant are water based and should not hurt latex condoms.
Don’t use oil based products
Don’t use baby oil, coconut oil, cooking oils, or petroleum jelly. These can degrade the latex and weaken the condom.
Do always use a condom
Yes, I already said that. Yes, it is that important. ALWAYS use a condom.
Don’t use more than one condom
Putting on more than one condom will cause friction and make it more likely that the condom will break. This can also happen if you try and use a male condom and a female condom at the same time.
Condom use is very important and will keep you completely safe from STDs and pregnancy if you use them right. Just keep these dos and don’ts in mind to practice safe sex.