Practicing safe sex was never so much fun! You can choose from a variety
of condoms: extra lubricated, flavored, colors that glow in the dark,
and so on. While it can be fun to experiment, keep in mind the condom’s
real function which is to prevent pregnancy and guard against the transmission
of STI’s (sexually transmitted infections).
Usually made from latex, condoms are a contraceptive device used to cover
the penis during intercourse. Do not be afraid to experiment when making
a purchase, but make sure you are not buying a novelty item designed solely
for amusement purposes. The product you choose must be government approved
to ensure protection against regnancy and STI’s.
society, many women are taking the initiative regarding their sexual health.
Women are no longer depending on the man to supply the condom during sex.
Many feel reassured by purchasing their own for the best possible protection.
STI’s (formally known as STD's)
The condom is the only contraceptive method that protects against HIV
and other STI’s, especially when used in combination with a spermicidal
product such as Nonoxynol 9.
No method of birth control is 100% guaranteed effective, even when used
correctly. The condom provides adequate protection, but it is a good idea
to have a back up birth control method, just in case. Research indicates
- 2 to 12 women out of 100 will become pregnant when using just a condom
- 1 to 6 women out of 100 will become pregnant when using a condom
in combination with a spermicidal product.
Easy to acquire, condoms can be purchased in drug stores, major stores
and vending machines for about $5 to $18 for a package of 12. They can
also be purchased individually and are distributed for free by some organizations.
Always check the expiry date before using a product. Do not use a condom
that has been exposed to excessive heat, light, or friction. Friction
results from the wear and tear of being carried in a back pocket or wallet
for some time. If you suspect that the product may be damaged, open it
as you normally would before intercourse and run your finger over it to
see if the latex has a sticky or dry feel to it. If it does, discard it!
Choose one that is in good condition, or opt for another method of birth
How to Use a Condom
- Very carefully open the package at the corner, taking care not to
tear into its contents.
- Roll the condom down and over the tip of the erect penis.
- Lightly pinch the top of the condom to provide a space for the semen.
- After ejaculation occurs, and before the penis softens, carefully
hold the base of the condom as you pull out the penis to prevent semen
from accidently seeping out.
- To discard, roll it into a piece of tissue paper and discard immediately
into a waste basket.
Pleasure and Pain
Many guys do not enjoy wearing condoms because of the decrease in sensation
and/or pleasure during intercourse. Experimenting with the many different
types can be fun and will allow you to find the one that works best for
Either partner might experience some irritation
caused by an allergy to the latex material.
The same goes for spermicides; some people,
both male and female, can be sensitive to their