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Condom Myth Busters

Truth or Myth: Condoms can make sex more fun. 

TRUTH

Condoms can sometimes help keep your erection longer and when using condoms you don’t have to worry about getting someone pregnant or getting an STD.


Truth or myth? Condoms just don’t fit right and take away my pleasure.

MYTH

The truth is that there is very little difference in the actual size of different brands of condoms but they each may feel a little different. So the best thing is to try out different condoms to find out which ones fit and feel best for your body.

A condom should not be too tight, nor should it slip, and it should cover the entire shaft of the penis. With the correct fit and the right lube, condoms do not take away sensation or ability to feel pleasure. In fact, some say they can make the erection last longer.

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Truth or Myth? Condoms usually break.

MYTH

The truth is when used correctly, condoms should not break.

A condom could break if it is too old (and past the manufacturer’s expiration date), if it is used with oil based lubricant, or if it’s not being used by the couple correctly.

Check out these Condom Dos and Don’ts for quick tips on using a condom correctly to avoid breakage.


Truth or Myth? Condoms don’t work. 

MYTH

The truth is when used correctly and consistently, condoms are extremely effective.

  • Condoms are 98% effective at preventing pregnancy.
  • Condoms have been proven to provide protection against sexually transmitted infections (STDs).
  • If you feel the condom break at any point during sex, stop immediately, withdraw, remove the broken condom, and put on a new condom.

Condoms provide different levels of risk reduction for different STDs because infections are spread differently— some are spread by contact with bodily fluids while others are spread by skin to skin contact.

  • Condoms are most effective in preventing STDs that are spread by bodily fluids, such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, and HIV.
  • Condoms also can reduce the risk of contracting diseases spread by skin-to-skin contact, such as herpes and HPV but condoms can only protect against these viral infections if the entire skin on the penis is covered by the condom.

Truth or myth? I can’t use condoms if I am allergic to latex.

MYTH

The truth is that if you’re allergic to latex, you can use polyurethane condoms, which are just as effective for protecting against pregnancy and STDs as latex condoms. You can buy them at your local drugstore or get them at any public health clinic.


Truth or myth? Saran wrap or a plastic bag good substitutes for condoms in a pinch.

MYTH

The truth is that plastic wrap, baggies, and other household materials are not good substitutes for a condom. They don’t fit, can easily be torn, and can get displaced during sex.

Condoms are specifically made to provide a good fit and good protection during sex and they are thoroughly tested for maximum effectiveness. When it comes to condoms, there’s no substitute for the real thing.


Truth or myth? Condoms are difficult to put on, and ruin the heat of the moment.

MYTH

The truth is that practice makes perfect. It’s easy to use a condom, and lube if you want, even during the best sex. So practice! Use a condom when masturbating to practice for using condoms when having sex with your partner. You’ll train your body how to last longer for your woman, as well as how to smoothly and quickly put on condom before sex, as well as how to pull out properly after sex.

Different condoms have studs or ribs that can create more pleasure for your partner. In addition, some condoms have a lot of lube already on them, saving you money overall. Experiment with which ones you and your partners have the most fun with.  You’ll both  be more relaxed knowing there’s no chance of pregnancy or infection when you use a condom.

Here’s a diagram on how to use a condom.


Truth or myth? I don’t need lube and can’t use it with a condom.

MYTH

The truth is that the right type of lube can make sex feel more fun, and when used with a condom, can create more pleasure for both the man and the woman and lead to longer sex. That’s right, longer sex.

Put a drop of lube inside of the condom before you apply it to your penis. Afterwards, once the condom is rolled on, put another couple of drops on the outside the condom that covers the penile shaft just before you have sex.  The condom will make you last, and the lube will make sure you and your partner both have a smooth ride.

Remember, do not use oil-based products (baby oil, lotion)  or oil-based lube because they will quickly cause the condom to break.  Instead, it’s important to use water-based lube. Always read the back of the lubricant package to make sure it’s water-based.

You don’t need a prescription for water-based lube, and can buy it from any drugstore or pharmacy.


Truth or myth? No one uses condoms for oral sex.

MYTH

The truth is that some condoms taste better than others. Condoms for oral sex can be kinky and flavorful, and also make you last longer.  Condoms for oral sex protect against chlamydia, gonorrhea, and other STDs that can be transferred orally.

And finally remember this: What’s the biggest mistake of using condoms? Not having one.

Click here for more information about condoms and STDs.

 

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