If you want to avoid leakage or breakage when using a condom, don’t make these 5 mistakes:
1. Not checking for damage or expiration dates
2. Using condoms that are too small or too large
It’s perfectly normal if your man doesn’t fit in the largest condoms you can find at the store (nor does it make him less of a man). For condoms to work effectively, it’s important to find the perfect fit. Finding the right condom size is like finding the perfect pair of jeans… They fit snug (not too snug, but just the right amount), hug you in all the right places and extenuate your curves.
3. Putting the condom on too late
STIs can be spread through any type of sex including oral, anal, or penetrative. Either way, you are risking transmission of certain STIs when you don’t use a condom. Condoms aren’t an absolute guarantee of STI prevention, but they can certainly help, so it’s best to always use them whether you’re in a committed relationship, a “situationship” or just casually hooking up.
4. Incorrectly storing condoms
This means whether you’re male or female, you shouldn’t carry condoms in your wallet because this can leave them susceptible to excessive heat or friction which can weaken the material or even tear it. There’s no shame in going out prepared, but if you do, make sure to store the condom properly and don’t forget to rotate it out with a new one every once in a while.
5. Using the wrong lube
Some people who are more sensitive to lubes on the market will use more “natural” lubricants like coconut oil or olive oil. If you do choose to go the more natural route, remember to do your research and verify how it will interact with condoms so you can find something that is safe, but still enjoyable for both you and your partner during intercourse. If you’re searching for the perfect lube that’s long-lasting, sensitive and latex safe, consider trying VeeSlide!
Assuring you’re using a condom correctly is likely the last thing on your mind during sexy time. However, it’s important to keep in mind if you want to avoid any damage being done to the condom that could potentially lead to an unwanted pregnancy or STI.
If you’re using condoms as your main form of contraception, it’s worth taking the few extra seconds to make sure it’s in good condition and being used correctly for the sake of both you and your partner’s safety. Don’t be afraid to have a conversation with your partner about safe condom use to make sure you’re both on the same page. As they say, if you’re going to party, don’t forget the balloons!