Sexual Wellness: Condoms
Although the subjects of sex education, sexual wellness and birth control are covered in high school nowadays that has not always been the case and many women still find themselves asking questions about using condoms and other forms of birth control.
The condom is by far the most popular form of birth control which is easily available over the counter and is so discreet that you can keep a couple in your purse or wallet without anyone knowing they are there. Not only are condoms effective at preventing unwanted pregnancies, they are also an effective for the practice of safe sex and to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases which any sexual female should be aware of.
How to put on a condom
Many people may think that this is not an issue, but unless the condom is applied to the penis correctly, it can prove to be completely ineffective. Firstly, after you have removed it from the packet, you need to make sure you have it the right way up, the condom is then placed over the tip of the penis, teat up. If you are not sure if you have it the right way round, unroll it slightly (it will only unroll one way) and then gently blow into it. Once the condom is on the tip of the penis you need to squeeze the teat to make sure all the air is out, this make room to catch the seamen. If your guy has a foreskin, pull it back gently at this point before you gently roll down the condom, over the entire shaft of the penis to the base. Use both hands to do this, one still firmly squeezing the teat the top. If the condom slips off at any point during intercourse you should stop immediately and put on a new one.
Condoms and lubricants
Lubricants can be made from oil, petroleum, silicone or water but a water based lubricant is your best bet if you are using a condom. Petroleum and oil based lubricants can cause the latex in the condom to deteriorate and can lead to rips or bursts. It is worth noting here that with silicone based lubricants you can be at a greater risk of infection due to the fact that it is not water soluble and is more difficult to wash off.
Using a condom as part of safe sex is a very good idea, especially if you have a new partner, but it is important to note that even if the condom is used properly, they can never be 100% guaranteed to keep you completely safe. Condoms can be combined with other forms of contraception and birth control to increase their proficiency even more.