Subtitle: Let’s get to know more about condoms.
What is a condom?
A condom is a thin pouch worn over the penis during sex (male condoms) or inserted into the vagina before sex (female condoms).
Why do we need them?
The role of condoms is to prevent sperm from entering the vagina, reduce the probability of pregnancy or a sexually transmitted infection (STI).
How to Use Condoms?
To use a male condom effectively, follow these steps:
Carefully open the wrapper, take out the condom but do not tear the condom.
Place it on the tip of your fully erect penis. (Note: The condom should be put on when the penis is hard.)
Pinch the air out of the tip of the condom. The condom may split if the air is trapped inside.
While squeezing the tip of the condom, stretch it all the way to your penis.
If the condom cannot be stretched, please start using a new one.
When sex is over, hold the condom in place at the base of your penis while you pull out.
Wrap it in a tissue and throw it in the trash.
To use a female condom correctly, follow these steps:
Carefully take out the female condom from its packaging.
Hold the soft inner ring with your index finger and thumb.
Squeeze the sides of the inner ring at the closed end of the condom.
Use your other hand to separate the folds of skin around the vagina, then put the squeezed ring into the vagina.
Push the condom as far as possible into the vagina, until it rests against your cervix.
Make sure that the penis enters the condom, and at the same time make sure the penis does not enter between the condom and the vaginal wall.
When sex is over, wrap it in a tissue and throw it in the trash.
Top tips for using condoms:
- Before you use it, check if it is within the date range on the package, and make sure you use condoms with marks (FDA, CE, ISO).
- Do not use two condoms at the same time, as this will not make sex safer. On the contrary, it increases the risk of the condom breaking or slipping off.
- Condoms come in different specifications, and the appropriate model should be selected according to the size of the erection of the penis. Otherwise, it is too tight and easy to break, too loose and easy to slip, which will affect the effect of use.
- Use only water-based lubricants for condoms. Vaseline, liquid paraffin, baby oil, etc. can increase the brittleness of the condom in a short time and accelerate its rupture.
- Do not use animal skin condoms as they do not protect against STIs.
- Please use a new condom if it is cracked or slipped during use.
What to do if your condom splits?
It is very rare for a condom to split when used correctly, but if it splits or has other problems such as a condom slipping off, you can do so:
Take the penis out immediately
Remove as much semen as possible
Gently wash the outside of the genitals, but do not wash the vagina, as this will easily spread infection or cause irritation.
If you have been having vaginal sex, please go to the bathroom to urinate to wash away the semen.
If you are not using any other contraceptives to prevent pregnancy, you may need to use emergency contraceptives to prevent pregnancy.
Such as the emergency pill, which can be used to prevent pregnancy(It should be done within 72 hours of having sex.)
The material of the condoms
Latex: Most people use condoms made of latex.
While the advantages of latex have made it the most popular condom material, but latex is damaged when used with oil-based substances as lubricants.
Plastic: If you’re allergic to that material, you can use ones made of plastic: polyurethane or polyisoprene. Latex and plastic condoms can protect you from STDs during any kind of sex: vaginal, oral, and anal.
Lambskin: Made of material that comes from lamb intestines. They provide good birth control and a varying degree of protection against some, but they don’t protect you from sexually transmitted diseases.
Spermicide-coated: This is a chemical, called nonoxynol-9, that kills sperm. Some latex condoms are lubricated at the manufacturer with a small amount of a nonoxynol-9. But it may lower the risk of pregnancy and may cause urinary tract infections in women.
Ribbed and studded: Textured condoms include studded and ribbed condoms which can provide extra sensations to both partners. If a condom keeps you or your partner from enjoying sex, try textured ones to see if they feel better. Some women experience irritation during vaginal intercourse with studded condoms.
Condoms are widely recommended to prevent sexually transmitted infections (STI), although not perfect, it does reduce many risks. If you use it, you can relax and enjoy sex knowing that you and your partner are protected.