“Oh #@%! The condom broke!” a phrase you never want to hear during the midst of sex play! Talking about a mood killer! What?! The penis immediately goes south, the once plentiful flowing waters of the vagina instantly dry up like a barren desert and the look of anxiety replaces the sex face of passion because now you’re effectively terrified of the unintended consequences of unprotected sex and the list can go on.
Before we go further, here are a few facts. If used correctly and consistently each time, condoms are 98-100% effective and offer the best protection against most sexually transmitted infections (STI) and unintended pregnancies. But even at 98-100% rate of effectiveness, studies show that condoms have a 12% rate of failure with the most common cause due to inconsistent usage, breakage and/or misuse. Most commonly, condom mishaps or breakage occurs when the user fails to follow the steps for using and putting on a condom properly. Right now, you’re probably saying to yourself, “There are steps for using a condom?” YES, there are steps and most manufacturers have written instructions! And, knowing the proper steps for putting on a condom can significantly reduce the chances of breakage, slippage, unintended pregnancies and transmission of most STI, however many people are unaware or have been misinformed.
Steps for putting on a condom:
Here are the recommended steps for using condoms before and during sex play, each and every time.
Always remember that YOU are responsible for YOUR sexual health! Not your partner, not anyone else but YOU! Keep in mind that every time you have unprotected sex with someone, you are having sex with every single person that they’ve had sex with. Additionally, every time you have sex with someone who’s HIV or STI status you do not know, you’re essentially saying to them, I love you enough to let you kill me! Ask yourself one simple question; is this ten, fifteen maybe twenty minutes of pleasure worth dying for? I think NOT! Respect yourself enough to protect yourself! Wrap it up! Safer sex is the new sexy.