It's not difficult to use a male condom the right way. However, it's very easy to use one the wrong way. Below, you will find instructions for how to use male condoms.
A male or external condom is a covering that fits over an erect penis, almost like a second skin. A female, or internal condom, is a soft, loose-fitting nitrile pouch that is inserted into the vagina before intercourse. Both prevent pregnancy and STIs when used vaginally and can also be used for anal sex to provide protection against STIs.
You already know it's a good idea to use a condom every time you have sex. But if you don't use it correctly…well, that kind of defeats the purpose. It seems like a no-brainer: You just unwrap the package and slide it on.
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You might've seen someone put a condom on a banana in middle school health class, but beyond that, we learn frighteningly little about how to use condoms. So, we probably shouldn't be surprised that over the course of a month, 29 percent of people who recently used a condom had some sort of problem with it, according to a recent National Center for Health Statistics report. That's pretty frightening: How are we supposed to prevent pregnancy if a third of us are regularly having issues with the very thing that's supposed to do that?
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While it may seem pretty self-explanatory, there are plenty of ways to mess up the simple act of putting on a condom. Then unroll it to completely cover the shaft. If one condom is great at preventing pregnancy and STDs, then two condoms should be even better, right?
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Condoms are used during sex to provide a barrier. Used correctly, they are also an effective form of contraception preventing a pregnancy. Both male and female condoms are available.
But when things are getting hot and heavy many blokes tend to make a few mistakes when trying to use condoms. While most men are probably smart enough to pick a condom myth when they see one, they may not know that if they don't follow the instructions to the letter their rubbers are less effective. And the mistake can be as simple as putting it on inside out or buying the wrong size - so don't overestimate, boys.