When it comes to avoiding sexually transmitted diseases, it’s important to practice safe sex. This means using condoms; even if you or your partner is on birth control, it’s vital to understand that this will only prevent pregnancy, and does not offer any protection against various STDs.
The way you use a condom is important for protecting yourself, or your partner, against any potential sexually transmitted diseases. It’s important to be aware that even if you are not showing any symptoms of a sexually transmitted disease or infection, the symptoms of several STDs can lie dormant, causing you to be completely unaware that you are affected. We’ve listed some tips on how to use condoms correctly to offer yourself the best protection.
Tip #1. Always Read the Label:
Much like food products, condoms do have a best before date. Although they tend to usually last for months or even years, it’s important to make sure that your condom is still within its given time of use before you go ahead and use it. Never take a chance with this; using a condom that is out of date could mean that it is less effective and more prone to breakage, leaving you at just as much risk as not using one.
Tip #2. Putting it On Correctly:
When using a condom, it’s imperative that you put it on correctly in order to be best protected against sexual disease. This should begin right from when you open the wrapper; the condom package should always have an air bubble, which indicates that it hasn’t been punctured or broken. To put the condom on correctly, it should be unrolled onto the penis, rather than unrolled before it goes on. There should always be room at the tip – not leaving any room increases the chance of the condom bursting during sex.
Tip #3. Never Reuse:
It’s important to have a stock of condoms to use – if you’re planning to have a sexy night, then there’s a high chance that you’ll need to use more than one. It’s important that you never re-use a condom; taking a condom off and then putting it back on again for round two means that the sperm, along with any infectious substances, will come out of the condom and therefore increase your risk of an STD. Once a condom has been taken off, it should be disposed of safely – never try to put it back on again!
Tip #4. If a Condom Breaks or Comes Off:
Condoms, even though they are an effective method of preventing STDs, are not a fool-proof method. At times, you may have to deal with a broken condom, or a condom coming off the penis during sex. If this happens, then it’s important that you are tested for STDs as soon as possible. Chances are that you will be fine, but it’s not a risk that you want to take – especially if this has happened with a new sexual partner. Follow the link for more information about free STD testing.
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