Do you know the top 10 Condom Mistakes? You could be making a fatal error and not even know it. Putting on a condom isn’t rocket science, but there are some common mistakes you need to be aware of. Even the most seasoned condom user might learn a thing or two. Read below for the Top 10 Condom Mistakes.
Top 10 Condom Mistakes
- Not Checking Expiration Date– Using condoms after they expire is never ok. Condoms can break down over time and small microscopic tears can form, leaving you and your partner at risk for STD transmission or pregnancy.
- Improper storage of condoms– Just keep it in your wallet or in your car right? Wrong! Condoms should always be stored in a cool dry place. They should also be in a safe place where they aren’t being moved or handled often. Failing to do so could result in the failure of your condom.
- No Lubrication– Most condoms come with a small amount of lubrication on it. However this isn’t always enough. After several minutes that lubrication can wear off and the condom is vulnerable to tearing or breaking. Also, make sure to use the proper kind of lubricant. Water or Silicone based are the recommended types. Never use oil based (Vaseline) as the oils can break down the latex in the condom.
- Reusing a condom– Reusing a disposable razor, no judgements here. But reusing a condom? Really? Condoms are very inexpensive so there is no reason to be stingy. Always make sure to have several extra available incase you have one that breaks or tears. Or if you’re feeling up for round 2!
- Late Application– The condom should always be applied before penetration. Duh! However, several men report waiting until they get close to climax before putting one on. Doing this will leave you and your partner vulnerable to STD’s or pregnancy from pre-ejaculation fluids.
- Removing Early– Its not rocket science, the condom needs to stay on the whole time. Despite this being common knowledge, many men report that they end up taking the condom off at some point during intercourse. Don’t be “that guy”.
- Not Pinching The Tip– When applying the condom, you should always pinch the tip to remove air before rolling it down. If not, the air bubble at the tip could rip or tear.
- Late withdrawal– After ejaculating you should immediately remove your penis. If you don’t, your penis can become flaccid and semen can spill from the condom.
- Inside Out Condom– Its very common to accidently start to put the condom on inside out. If this happens, toss it and get a new one. Flipping it over and using it can expose your partner to pre-ejaculation fluids and put them at risk for pregnancy or STD’s.
- Not wearing a condom– Yes, this is unfortunately more common than you may think. And the biggest mistake you can make. According to a recent study by the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior, only 45% of men aged 18-24 used a condom with their last sexual partner.