Condoms can decrease the risk of spreading of HIV and STDs if used properly and consistently. Condoms should be used with each sexual act including vaginal, oral and anal sex. It is also very important to use condoms correctly. It takes more than just wearing a condom to make sure it is effective. Below are the do's and don'ts that you should know about condom use.
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-Check the expiration date of the condoms. Only used condoms that are not expired. Use only latex, polyisoprene, or polyurethane condoms. Condoms that are made of animal membranes such as Lambskin condoms are not effective in the spread of HIV and STDs. There are small holes in the animal membrane that the virus can pass through.
-Store your condoms in a cool, dry area away from sunlight.
-Put the condom on the erect penis before any sexual contact.
-Use a water based personal lubricant to minimize friction during intercourse, which will lessen the risk of the condom tearing.
-In order to prevent the condom from breaking, squeeze the tip of the condom and roll the condom down the erection. Make sure that there is no trapped air at the tip as this can cause the condom to break.
-Pull put from your partner immediately after ejaculation. As you are pulling out, hold the condom in place to prevent it from slipping off the penis and releasing any bodily fluids.
-Throw out the condom immediately.
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-Do not store your condoms in hot areas and in direct sunlight. Heat and direct sunlight can break down the material of the condom, which can cause them to break.
-Never used expired condoms. Older condoms can be dried out or weakened with age.
-Do not unroll the condom before putting it on the erect penis.
-Never use oil based lubricants such as Vaseline, petroleum jelly, lotion, or baby oil. Oil based lubricants break down the condoms, which can cause them to weaken and break.
-Do not use scissors, teeth, or any other cutting instrument to open the condom wrapper. You may end up ripping or cutting the condom.
-Never reuse a condom.
-Do not wait until the penis is no longer erect before pulling out. Doing so can potentially result semen leaking out of the condom.