By: Emma Ziulkowski
Condom use is becoming rarer for millennials which can be extremely bad for a sexually active person’s health. Condoms reduce the risk of contracting STDs and help protect against unwanted pregnancies.
Steps to properly putting on a condom and taking a condom off:
- Open packaging and remove condom from wrapper.
- When the penis is erect; place the condom at the head of the penis.
- Pinch air out of the tip of the condom. This step is very important in allowing room for ejaculation!
- While pinching the tip of the condom; unroll the condom all the way down to the base of the penis.
- When finished; hold the condom at the base when pulling out of the vagina.
- Carefully remove condom and dispose properly in a trashcan.
Important things NOT to do with condoms:
- Do NOT store your condoms in your wallet. Heat and friction damages the condom increasing the chances of breakage.
- Do NOT ever reuse a condom.
- Do NOT use more than one condom at a time. This does not increase protection from STDs or pregnancies.
- Do NOT use expired condoms. Old condoms typically dry out and increase the chances of breakage.
- Do NOT use oil based lubricants with condom use. The oil can weaken latex and increase breakage.
Important things to remember about condoms:
- Use the correct sized condom for your penis. One size does not fit all!
- Use water based lubricants to prevent friction.
- Use latex or polyurethane condoms. If an individual is allergic to latex then use polyurethane condoms which are made with plastic.
Condoms may make an individual feel vulnerable or nervous during first time sexual encounters with your partner. There’s nothing to be embarrassed about! The importance of condom use outweighs any unsettling feelings an individual may endure. Planned Parenthood is a proud supporter of sexual health and is always available if you have any questions about sex education or condom use. Visit their website at: www.myplannedparenthood.org.
An important side note for the ladies: Condoms are not just a male’s responsibility! As stated above, condoms are becoming rarer for millennials. Many males don’t always carry condoms because condoms decrease sensation during sex for them. They may not understand the severity of contracting an STD or maybe the female is on birth control and they don’t find it critical. It is. It’s not bad for a female to carry a condom and not something to be frowned upon. Do it for your own sexual health!