You may have heard stories about condoms, like wearing two condoms is more effective than one or only heterosexual couples need condoms. But, these are pure myths. Like these, there are many other myths associated with condoms people blindly believe. So, let’s devote some time and debunk them once for all.
01. Condoms are not protective against STIs
STI stands for Sexually Transmitted Infections. Condoms are useful in providing protection against unwanted pregnancy and STIs like gonorrhea and Chlamydia. These infections spread through body fluids, and STIs like human papillomavirus (HPV) and syphilis spread via skin-to-skin disease. If you have covered the infected area with a condom, the chances are significantly less that these could spread.
02. Two condoms are better protected than one
It might make sense to you but not to sex experts. They believe that wearing two condoms at a time reduces their effectiveness. Wondering how? When you wear two condoms together, more friction occurs between them, due to which the chances of tearing become higher. So, if you want adequate protection, use only one condom and wear it rightly. Another critical point to note is that wearing male and female condoms simultaneously is not advisable. It provides more harm than doing good.
03. Condom size does not matter
Size does matter everywhere, and the condom is no exception. Have you ever wondered why condom manufacturers launch condoms in various sizes like Small, Medium, or Large? Every male’s penis size differs. If you wear the wrong condom in size, it is as good as wearing no condom as the too loose condom will slip off and too tight will break off.
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04. Latex is the only effective condom
There are four types of condoms: latex, polyisoprene, polyurethane, and lambskin. The FDA (Food & Drug Administration) has declared polyurethane and polyisoprene condoms are as effective as latex condoms. But when it comes to lambskin condoms, they do not offer the best protection due to their tiny pores. The small pores present on the condom are too small for sperm to pass through but good enough to transfer bacteria and viruses.
05. You need to be an adult to buy condoms
There is no specified age to purchase and use condoms. Whether you are 16, 18, or 50 years old, you have an equal right to enjoy sex and buy condoms from the marketplace. If you purchase these condoms from organizations working towards sexual awareness or community contraceptive clinics, you will get them free of cost.
06. You should not use condoms with anal or oral sex
It is said again and again that condoms provide protection against STIs and prevent unwanted pregnancy. Whether you indulge in anal or oral sex, the spread of STIs takes place quickly without condoms. So, why take any risk? If you doubt that your partner is carrying any infection, it is always better to take precautions in advance.
07. Condoms do not expire
They do! Every condom package comes with an expiration date. When a condom expires, it either smells foul or breaks easily due to lost flexibility. Many believe that it is better to use expired condoms than to have sex without condoms. But, do remember, expired condoms may lead to skin irritation and rashes. So, don’t take that risk with your health.
08. You can use any lubricant with a condom
Most of the condoms contain enough lubrication so that you can use them comfortably. However, if you still need extra lubrication, you need to purchase condom-safe lubes only. For instance, buying water or silicone-based lubricants with latex condoms, not oil-based lubricants. The oil-based lubricants steal away rubber, which leads to the breakage of the condoms.
09. Putting a condom right before ejaculation is effective
If you think you can put on the condom right before ejaculation, you are taking a significant risk. For instance, you may put the life of your partner at risk, especially if she is giving you a blowjob without a condom. Moreover, if you are enjoying vaginal intercourse, even pre-cum can spread infections and lead to pregnancy. And above all, are you willing to wear condoms in the middle of sex when your sexual arousal is at an acme? Answer it for yourself.
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10. You can use one condom multiple times
Whether you switch from anal to vaginal or oral to anal, it is necessary to change the condom. Moreover, health experts believe that STIs’ chances increase during the second intercourse if the condom remains unchanged.
11. You should not use condoms if you are allergic to latex
Do not allow latex allergy to compel you from having unprotected sex. Many non-latex condoms are available in the marketplace that will provide adequate protection against STIs and prevent pregnancy. These non-latex condoms are even available in different textures to provide additional pleasure. So, if you are allergic to latex condoms, use non-latex condoms
12. Female condoms are not as effective as male condoms
Of course, it is true if you do not wear the female condom properly. Like male condoms, it is necessary to wear female condoms correctly and in the right manner to shield yourself against infections and pregnancy. The best part of female condoms is you can wear them eight hours before sex. So, if your partner does not enjoy sex with a male condom, do not force him; try female condoms instead.
Related: Why and how to use a female condom?
13. Only heterosexuals need condoms
STI can spread from male to male or from female to female. So, if you are a homosexual couple, you cannot compromise your safety at any cost.
14. You don’t need condom during the menstrual cycle
You may find it surprising, but a girl can indeed get pregnant during her period. Moreover, STI acquisition and transmission chances increase significantly if you plan sex during the menstrual cycle. Thus, if possible, avoid sex during the menstrual cycle, and even if you do, do not forget to wear a condom.
15. Condoms can reduce your pleasure
It is not surprising to hear that many feels putting on a condom can kill their mood. But it is partially right. If standard or regular condoms kill your mood or make you feel uncomfortable, you should try for textured condoms like ribbed or dotted. You can even go for ultrathin condoms. These condoms are specifically designed to increase sexual pleasure and are comfortable to wear.
16. Only men can buy a condom
There is no harm in purchasing it regardless of your gender. If your partner is too lazy to buy a condom from a brick-and-mortar store or if he feels embarrassed to buy it offline, you always have an option to buy condoms online from a licensed pharmacy store. It is simple, fast, and convenient also.
It is a fact that different kinds of protection are available in the market. Still, condoms are the only and the most effective way of protecting yourself from pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. You need to wear it and enjoy protected sex without any excuse. We have tried our best to debunk the most common myths about condoms. Next time, if you listen to any new story or new information about condoms, we encourage your healthcare professional to verify the fact with your healthcare professional before you believe it blindly.