Practicing safe sex is a must these days. There are a lot of sexually transmitted diseases that people can get form their partners. The most popular among all contraceptives are the condoms. It may be due to the fact that they are affordable (some clinics and schools even give them away for free) and definitely available (over the counter in pharmacies and groceries). Condoms are also pretty convenient to use as you don’t need any preparation for them.
What are condoms made of?
They are usually made of latex and animal skin. The latex kind or the rubber condom is thought to be better as it protects as a person more from sexually transmitted diseases. It can filter more bacteria compared to animal skin condoms.
Picking the Right Condoms
There is no prescription needed or a size chart that can tell you what size you need to buy. The best thing to do is to try buying different sizes to know your right size. Picking right sized condoms is must as it can greatly affect its effects as well as the sensation you might feel.
There are male and female condoms available in the market but male condoms are more popular. They are also used differently so it is a must that you or your partner knows how to use them. You can use lubricants to help smooth out the donning process but make sure that you use the right lubricants. Water-soluble lubricants are the best choice and never use petroleum jelly.
Are Condoms Fool Proof?
Condoms are 85 to 90% effective when it comes to preventing sexually transmitted diseases and as contraception. If use wisely and correctly, they can be as 98% effective. That’s why it always pays to read the instructions on how to use condoms. Some condoms have different instructions as well as expiration dates. Other may also go brittle due to extreme temperatures. This can cause tears in condoms and major debate between you and your partner.
Preventing sexually transmitted diseases does not end by just using condoms. You also need to handle condoms and dispose of it the right way. Take time to remove condoms carefully as any contact with secretions (semen) can get you infected. Also for women, be careful of your nails as you can rip and tear the condom.
Using condoms can really give you a peace of mind as you can be assured that you are protected from STDs. Take time to use them as they are easy to use and hassle-free.