It is one sexual health message no one can claim to have missed – wearing a condom helps prevent unwanted pregnancy, and protects against sexually transmitted diseases.
Despite the medical evidence and common sense, still countless couples get carried away, letting their passion get the better of them.
Not wearing a condom is the biggest condom-related mistake, a person can make.
But, even when acting responsibly and taking the precaution, still accidents can happen.
Rips and tears though uncommon, do happen, but they are not the only condom-wearing hazard couples face.
Men’s sexual health expert, Dr Paul Turek of The Turek Clinic in California, revealed to Daily Mail Online the 10 most common errors made when putting on and wearing condoms.
From reusing a condom to double-bagging, these unnecessary errors put people at risk for unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, he warned.
1. PUTTING IT ON INSIDE OUT
It’s pretty difficult to put a condom on inside out.
That’s because one way is much harder to roll out than the other, Dr Turek explained.
And so, a person should – in theory – only be able to put it on one way.
But despite the struggle it may present, many men still end up putting the condom on inside out.
Dr Turek explained: ‘You have to have some kind of mechanical sense, because there’s really only one easy way to roll it out.’
If you’re using a condom that doesn’t contain spermicide, putting it on inside out isn’t the end of the world.
‘It’s a barrier contraceptive so it shouldn’t matter which way it unravels unless there’s spermicide on the inside and not on the outside,’ he said.
But, using an inside out condom with spermicide on the wrong side could decrease the effects of the spermicide – which is supposed to stop sperm from moving.
If you want to be extra careful, be sure to wear two condoms. At least, that’s how the saying goes.
But in reality, wearing two condoms isn’t as effective as wearing only one.
That’s because two condoms can be a pretty tight fit.
And if it’s too tight, it can constrict the penis – and you can lose sensation.
‘That could lead to delayed ejaculation and getting all sweaty and not ending it,’ Dr Turek said.
Additionally, condom-on-condom friction could lead to a rip in one or both of the condoms – which could allow sperm to escape.
3. PUTTING IT ON TOO LATE
Many men wait for foreplay to be done before putting on a condom.
That can be a fine tactic – unless your foreplay involves any penetration.
Any skin-to-skin contact could potentially lead to a STD or pregnancy.
For a man’s pre-ejaculate could actually be loaded with sperm, according to Dr Turek.
And so, waiting ‘too long’ to put a condom on is never a good idea.
‘That’s a risky move,’ Dr Turek said.
4. PUTTING IT ON TOO SOON
At the other end of the spectrum, a man shouldn’t attempt to put on a condom when his penis is not yet erect.
Doing so may mean that the condom does not sit properly on the penis.
And, it may even prohibit a man from getting to a place where he could even have sex.
‘It may be difficult to get a good erection that does a good job,’ Dr Turek noted.
5. LEAVING IT ON TOO LONG
After sex, many partners want to lie in each other’s arms, taking in the moment.
But before the love coma sets in, a man should be sure to take off his condom. Because if he leaves it on too long, he risks having his ejaculate harden.
Dr Turek said: ‘That could be irritating to the skin because it has a lot of anti-inflammatory molecules.’
Additionally, the ejaculate could end up plugging the penis’s urethra.
That means leftover sperm could end up staying in place and mixing with pre-ejaculate fluid.
In turn, that could potentially impregnate a woman during foreplay the next time around.
6. ROLLING A CONDOM OUT BEFOREHAND
Some men roll a condom out the entire way before putting it on their penis.
That makes the entire process much more difficult, according to Dr Turek.
And, it puts them at risk of breaking the condom.
Instead, men should be sure to put on a condom the way a woman puts on stockings.
7. USING EXPIRED CONDOMS
You won’t drink expired milk or eat expired cheese. And, you cetainly wouldn’t take expired medicine.
Just as important – a man should also never use an expired condom.
‘The effectiveness can’t be guaranteed,’ Dr Turek explains.
If a condom is expired, its rubber or latex can dry out.
That leads to cracks and holes in the condom.
‘Condoms have a useable lifespan like lots of things,’ Dr Turek said.
8. GOING FOR THE WRONG SIZE
Small, medium, large – men seem to have a hard time properly gauging their size.
‘Men love to overestimate the size of their penises,’ Dr Turek said.
But if a man is wearing a condom that’s too large, the condom could fall off, roll off or leak from the bottom.
And if a condom is too small, it can be uncomfortable or potentially break.
Dr Turek added: ‘The big damage is getting a condom too big for you that doesn’t stretch appropriately and seal off ports of entry.’
9. REUSING A CONDOM
Recycling is important for the environment. But when it comes to sex, a man shouldn’t recycle a condom.
‘It’s like reusing surgical gloves,’ Dr Turek explains
Using a condom more than once is unhygienic.
Germs from the previous encounter could be spread to the next.
And, unless you wash out the condom with soap and wait five days, leftover sperm could stay alive.
Dr Turek noted: ‘It’s sort of disgusting.’
10. NOT PAYING ATTENTION TO RIPS
Having a condom tear during sex isn’t that common, according to Dr Turek.
But, it’s easy to rip a condom prior to application.
He said: ‘Most of the tears occur not with use but with application – a finger nail or something sharp, an edge gets caught.’
Though, if a condom is applied incorrectly or a partner has a tight or dry vagina, there is also a risk of tearing.
That’s why it’s important to pay attention to any possible tears.
If you feel a snap – or the sensation changes – take a moment to check to ensure that the condom hasn’t torn at all.
Credits: Daily Mail