Top 5 Myths About Male Condoms Busted
Did you know that some people actually wash and reuse male condoms?
There are different reasons why they do it. There's the emergency case where they don't know they've run out of condoms. They think it's the best option (it's not) instead of going out to buy one since that might kill the mood.
There's also the budget issue. They think it's more cost-effective to reuse them, not realizing that if they get an STD, it's going to cost them more.
And then there's the group who are simply misinformed. They know about condoms but not a lot about how to use them right. Or they might have come across some condom myths like the ones listed here.
Myth #1: Two Condoms Are Better Than One
Also known as "double-bagging," using two condoms don't offer more protection. In fact, doing this could make one of the condoms break because there's more friction between the two.
It's also the reason why you shouldn't be using a male condom with a female condom.
Myth #2: You Don't Need a Condom for Oral Sex
You do, especially if you want to reduce your risk of getting an STD. Some STDs such as genital warts, HPV, chlamydia, and gonorrhea can spread through skin-to-skin contact.
Now, if you or your partner don't like the taste of latex, try experimenting with flavored options.
Myth #3: Size Doesn't Matter
You and your friends could debate male condom types and which ones are superior all day long. But no matter what type you use - ribbed, pleasure-shaped, warming, etc., size matters.
The condom you use has to fit you right. If it's too tight, it's more likely to tear. And if it's too loose, it's going to slip off.
Myth #4: You Don't Need a Condom If Your Partner's on the Pill
The pill is around 91 to 99% effective. But it cannot protect you or your partner from STDs or STIs.
Also, if your partner's been vomiting because of illness or something else, it could lower the effectiveness of the pill. The same holds true if your partner forgets to take a pill.
Myth #5: All Male Condoms Are Safe
The best male condoms are FDA approved and CE accredited. They're also strictly tested to make sure they don't have holes or other defects.
That said, you'll want to use novelty condoms (i.e. edible ones) with caution. They don't offer protection against unplanned pregnancies or STDs. Plus, you don't know how safe they are and how they're manufactured.
Now that you know some of the myths about male condoms, consider further research. Remember, condoms are 85 to 98% effective. You want to hit that 98% consistently if you don't want STDs or unplanned pregnancy.
Of course, the only way to do that is to use a condom right. If you feel your technique isn't perfect, don't hesitate to check out our blog.
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