As sexually transmitted infections (STIs) continue to pose a significant public health concern in the UK, one vital factor contributing to the ongoing challenge is the improper use of condoms. This underscores the urgent need for comprehensive education and awareness in the realm of sexual health.
Experts at Condoms UK are taking a proactive step to shed light on seven common errors made by individuals when using condoms. These are not just trivial missteps; they have significant implications for sexual health.
Experts reveal seven common mistakes people make when using a condom.
Incorrect condom sizing can lead to a trip to the emergency room
Size matters significantly when it comes to condoms. Inadequate sizing jeopardises more than just comfort – it directly impacts protection. Ill-fitting condoms can lead to uncomfortable mishaps, including slippage, which may necessitate an unexpected visit to the emergency room.
Furthermore, the use of a loose condom not only heightens the risk of unplanned pregnancies but also increases the chances of transmitting sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Conversely, a condom that’s too snug can compromise both pleasure and protection, raising the risk of breakage during intimate moments.
Wallet storage weakens condoms
While wallets are excellent for storing cash, they are less than ideal for safeguarding your condoms. The constant pressure and friction within a wallet can weaken the condom’s packaging, potentially leading to tears or damage.
Overlooking condom expiration dates is risky
We understand that checking the expiration date on a condom packet might not be a priority in the heat of the moment. However, these dates are not arbitrary; they exist for a crucial reason. As condoms age, their materials can deteriorate, resulting in issues such as weakening, thinning, and loss of elasticity. This degradation increases the risk of breakage, leaks, and reduces effectiveness as a barrier against STIs and unintended pregnancies.
Expired condoms may not adequately withstand the friction and stress of use, making them more prone to tearing or bursting. Additionally, the lubrication on the condom might degrade over time, potentially leading to a less comfortable experience.
Inside-out condoms increase the risk of STIs
A seemingly simple mistake can lead to significant consequences beyond just affecting the mood. Attempting to rectify the situation by flipping an inside-out condom is risky. Using a condom that has made direct contact with areas intended for protection against STIs and pregnancy is a gamble with your health. The safer approach is to remove it entirely and open a new packet.
Choosing the right lubricant matters
Lubrication enhances the overall experience during intimacy, adding smoothness and pleasure. However, not all lubricants are created equal. While oil-based lubes may seem appealing, they are incompatible with condoms. They can weaken the latex, increasing the risk of breakage. For the best protection and satisfaction, water-based lubes are the optimal choice for your condoms.
Avoid using teeth or nails to open condom packets
Using teeth or sharp nails to tear open a condom packet may seem like a quick solution at the moment, but it can result in unintended consequences. The fragility of condom packaging demands careful handling to prevent tears and holes. When opening the packet, a delicate touch is essential for ensuring the condom’s integrity.
Never use a condom twice
While we applaud eco-friendly practices, reusing condoms is not a responsible choice. Condoms are explicitly designed for single use. Even if they are cleaned and washed, reusing a condom compromises its structural integrity and exposes individuals to the risk of STIs and unintended pregnancies. Freshness is paramount when it comes to ensuring protection.