Are You Making These Mistakes With Condoms?

January 9, 2018  |  
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Condoms are an item you really cannot afford to misuse. Handcuffs? Sure. If you lose the key, the most that’ll cost you is a trip to the locksmith. Edible lube? No problem. So you just used it with your hands—it’s a bit wasteful, but not life-changing. But of all the sexual accessories you keep in your nightstand, condoms are the ones offering the least variance in safe usage. In fact, they offer no variance, so you should know exactly how to handle them. Misusing a condom can result in a pregnancy or an STD. If that occurs, you’ll wish a simple visit the locksmith could help you out. You’d be shocked by how many mistakes one can make with a condom, and how many people are making those mistakes. Are you doing these things wrong with your condoms?

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Failing to leave a reservoir

Make sure there is a little reservoir at the top for semen. If you pull the condom so taught that there isn’t a reservoir, you risk semen spillage later.

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Leaving air in there

The condom should sit flush against the penis (other than at the top, in the reservoir). Any little air bubbles can increase the risk of spillage or breakage.

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Flipping it over

Everybody puts it on the wrong way sometimes, and that’s okay. What’s not okay is turning it inside out once you’ve done so. When you do that, the skin of the penis has touched the part of the condom that will go inside the woman, so you aren’t doing much in the STD-protection department. If you put it on the wrong way, throw it out and get a new one.

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Storing them near pens/pencils

Be careful about what you store next to your condoms. If you throw them in a drawer next to your pens, pencils, letter openers, Swiss army knives and such, you risk puncturing them.

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Relying on their exterior lube

Many condoms have some lube, but not nearly enough to make sex enjoyable for the person being penetrated.


Relying on their interior lube

There may be lubricant on the inside of the condom, too, but once again, it won’t be enough to satisfy the wearer. Add a little before putting the condom on.

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Using these lubes

It is important to note that petroleum jelly and massage oils can break down latex, so these should not be the types of lube you use with a condom. Water-based lubricant is best here.

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Using them on a partially-erect penis

Don’t put on the condom until the penis is totally erect. If it’s only partially erect, it may still grow, and that could break the condom.

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Leaving it on too long

Don’t let your partner fall asleep with his penis inside of you! When his penis becomes soft, the condom will become loose and may fall off, exposing you to semen.

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Not keeping them bedside

If you don’t keep them by your bed, you’re less likely to use them when the time comes. You know that hopping across your room, pants down, to grab a condom kills the mood.


Leaving them out of oral

Nobody wants to, but everybody should do it: I’m talking about using condoms for oral, at least on new partners. You can absolutely contract STDs through unprotected oral.


Using one for several acts

Will oral, vaginal, and anal sex all be a part of your bedroom activities tonight? That’s great! Just make sure to change condoms for each act so you don’t spread bacteria.

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Quitting them early in a relationship

Too many couples start out with the best intentions—using condoms—and then just stop using them after a couple months of dating without getting tested. Just because you’ve been monogamous with someone for a couple of months doesn’t mean he doesn’t have an STD lingering from a previous encounter.

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Doubling up

Doubling up actually increases the chances of pregnancy and STDs rather than reduces them. Two condoms, rubbing against each other, create friction that can break them both.

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Skipping them due to a latex allergy

Don’t skip using condoms altogether because you have a latex allergy. There are plenty of condoms out there for the latex-allergic, like polyurethane, polyisoprene, and lambskin.

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