9 Things You Need To Know About Condoms

9 Things You Need To Know About Condoms [EXPERT]
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Safe sex isn't so safe if you don't know the basic rules of condom usage. Here's the lowdown!

3. The penis needs to be erect before you cloak it in a condom. If your guy optimistically wrapped his manhood before he even picked you up for dinner, demand he reapply a brand new one when he is at "full attention." The old one may have been compromised and why take the chance.

4. Take the new, unexpired, condom out of its packaging. Squeeze the tip, to force out any accumulated air and create a space for the seminal fluid that will certainly be forthcoming. Do this even if the condom is manufactured with a "receptacle tip" and especially if it is not. Failure to provide adequate room for the impending geyser, significantly increases the likelihood of condom breakage. That spurt of "manseed" has to go somewhere. If a proper "holding area" has not been created, the expelled semen may actually bust through the latex, making a mess, both literally and figuratively. 5 Reasons Men Love It When Women Give Them Blow Jobs

5. Next, smooth the condom all the way down the penis. The condom is like a homeowner's insurance policy and you are looking for complete coverage. Once you get to bumping and grinding, you want to make sure that sucker is firmly anchored in place. The more grippable surface, the better.

6. Now, to the matter of lubrication. Those of you who have read my book, Every Man Sees You Naked, already know what a lubrication advocate I am. Lubrication, when using a condom, is absolutely essential. I am not talking about the warm, organic fluid that naturally moistens your vagina and indicates arousal and penetration preparedness. I am talking about the kind of lubricant you purchase with mild discomfort at a drug store, all the while hoping you don't run into your boss, your elderly aunt or your pastor.

This lubricant should be water-soluble, like KY Jelly or Astroglide. Lotions, butter or petroleum based products should never be used with condoms, as their chemical reaction with latex may compromise the condom's structural integrity. In other words, avoid these unless you want to get knocked up or infected.

Why lubricant? Sexual activity creates friction and friction can rub you and your condom the wrong way. Though you may only suffer a little soreness, too much friction can increase the risk of condom breakage. The more lubrication, the less friction. The less friction, the more effective the condom usage. It goes without saying, the lubricant goes on the outside of the condom. Lubricate the inside and you may later find yourself on a scavenger hunt of your womb.

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