There are a lot of myths about condom, so make sure that you are aware of the facts before you have sex
With the dilapidated state of sexual knowledge in our country, what has made its way into our lives is a big bunch of myths. Yes, about the condom, too. We think we know what’s there to an effective protection but don’t make up your mind before you read the following list.
Myth: You have to be 18 to buy condom
Fact: No you don’t, you can buy condoms at any age. You can be as young or as old as you fancy to be able to buy condoms. Plus, you can also get them free of cost from community contraceptive clinics, sexual health, and genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics, or from organizations working towards sexual awareness.
Myth: Condoms break easily
Fact: No they don’t. To avoid a condom breaking, you need to put it on carefully, ensuring there’s no air bubble at the end. Pinching the tip and using lubrication (or lube) can decrease the chance of the condom breaking. Be careful of sharp fingernails, jewelry, or teeth. If the condom won’t roll down, it’s on the wrong way. Throw this condom away and start again with a new one, as there could be semen on the tip of the previous condom. If condom breaks and you’re not using any other contraception, go to a clinic, pharmacist or doctor as soon as possible and ask about emergency contraception. You’ll also need to get tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Myth: Allergy to latex prevents you from using condoms
Fact: Latex allergy should not stop you from having sex or force you to have unprotected sex. There are a few non-latex condoms which are available and can be used. These include condoms made of polyisoprene, polyurethane or natural/lambskin. The lambskin condoms, though, will prevent pregnancy but will not protect you from STIs.
Myth: Condoms are the only type of contraception I need to think about
Fact: No they’re not. Condoms can provide protection from STIs and unintended pregnancy. But to ensure the best protection, it is recommended that you and your partner use a condom and another form of contraception. There are many different types of contraception that can be used, including the implant (IUD), injection (Depo-Provera), or the birth control pill.
Myth: Condoms don’t expire
Fact: Well, they do! Care enough to read the packet and you’ll see their expiration date. Some may say that using an expired condom is still better than using no condom at all but are cautious as this can cause rashes and irritation. The condom can break easily as it loses its flexibility.
Myth: If it’s a condom, it’s safe
Fact: Not necessarily – novelty condoms aren’t safe. Most brands of condoms in the United State are FDA approved (meaning they are at least 99.6% effective in laboratory tests). If you cannot find language about STI/HIV prevention on the condom packaging then it’s not FDA approved. Also check the date on the packet, because condoms don’t last forever.
Myth: If I ask to use a condom, my partner will think less of me
Fact: Insisting that you use a condom suggests that you know how to take care of yourself and shows that you know what you want, which can be very sexy.
Myth: Condoms cut off my circulation
Fact: No they don’t. A condom can stretch to 18 inches round. There are many different shapes and sizes that you can try. To find out the right size, place an empty toilet paper roll over an erect penis. If it is too tight, you need extra-large condoms. If it is too big, you need smaller condoms. If it fits comfortably, use regular condoms.
Myth: You sleep with nice people so you don’t need a condom
Fact: STIs are not religious enough to happen only to vicious people. Please know that sexual infections can happen to anyone, sometimes even without explicit symptoms.
Myth: Condoms are uncomfortable and make you less sensitive
Fact: Studies have shown that this is not true. Couples have felt as pleasurable with a condom as they have felt without it. Though some condoms are designed to delay orgasms, this doesn’t mean that they make you less sensitive.
Myth: No condom is needed if you’re having oral or anal sex
Fact: Condoms are not only aimed at preventing pregnancy. They also protect you from STIs. If you are not sure about you or your partner carrying an infection, better be safe now than be sorry later.
Myth: No condoms are needed if the girl is on a pill
Fact: Having pills doesn’t prevent STIs and even pills have a failure rate of pregnancy. So, this gives you another precautionary reason to use condoms.
Myth: Two condoms are safer than one condom
Fact: No it isn’t. Using two condoms at once is a really bad idea, whether it’s two male condoms or a male and female condom. Only use one at a time. It is the best way to reduce the risks of an unwanted pregnancy and STIs. In fact, “double bagging” the condoms will cause friction and can cause the condoms to tear up.
Myth: Any lube can be used with your condom
Fact: Most of the condoms are lubricated enough to be comfortable for use. In case, you need more lubrication, use water or silicone based lubricants instead of an oil-based lubricant. Oil eats away at rubber and can lead to a breaking of the condom.
Myth: Condom can be put on in the middle of sex, or right before ejaculation
Fact: This is not only weirdly uncomfortable but also risks you to STIs. Pre-seminal fluid, or pre-cum as we like to call it, may transfer sexual infections. In fact, sometimes the pre-cum can even lead to pregnancy due to some left over sperms in the tract.
Myth: If you’re having two rounds of sex, you need to wear a condom only the first time
Fact: During every ejaculation, sperms are released. The risk rather increases the second time because while having sexual intercourse, there are always minor abrasions to both female and male which increase the risk of STIs.
Myth: Store condoms anywhere you fancy
Fact: Do not store them in very low or very high temperatures. Keeping them in a place where the friction of movement (for example, your pocket) may cause them damage is a bad idea. This can lead to very teeny tears in them but big enough to let sperm pass.
Myth: Condoms are needed only by heterosexual couples
Fact: Remember that condoms are not only meant for preventing pregnancy. They are meant to also protect you against STIs. So, all the homosexual couples, do not let a condom slip off.