It’s well known that sex is frequently on the mind of most healthy males –several times a day in fact! However, is safe sex as frequent a thought?  Well truly one should not go without the other. In the heat of the moment you might be a bit distracted to worry about the proper handling of a condom, but if you take a few seconds to make sure you have done it right, with everything in its proper place you can relax and enjoy your sexual moment.

According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), an estimated 10.4 billion male condoms are used worldwide. Condoms must be used consistently and correctly to provide maximum protection that means using a condom from start to finish with each act of intercourse.

How condom savvy are you? Ask yourself these questions:

What is the most common condom mistake?

Putting it on wrong! According to Condomology, an American Sexual Health Association project funded by Trojan condoms, many people start to put the condom on inside out and then turn it over. Other common mistakes include putting on the condom too late or taking it off too soon.

When it comes to condoms, does size matter?

Actually…Yes! Find a condom that fits well and is not too short, tight or too big.

A major factor that can lead to a condom breaking or slipping off during sex is its size. The wrong size will affect how easy it is to put on and how likely it is to stay on. Different sizes of condoms are available, and it is important to make sure that the condom being used is the correct fit. Regular size condoms will work for most men, but if you measure more than 7 inches long you may need a larger size.

Who invented the condom?

The earliest description of the condom appears in 1564 by an Italian anatomist who claimed he invented a linen condom to guard against syphilis.

Do all condoms protect the same?

No. There are 3 kinds of condoms: latex, polyurethane and lambskin.  While they all help to prevent pregnancy, preventing disease is best prevented with latex condoms – which are popular and inexpensive. People with latex allergies are advised to use polyurethane – however, they are thinner and feel looser.

Does baby oil make good lube?

NO. Latex condoms are preferable and oil-based lubricants may cause damage to the latex.

Studies into the effectiveness of condoms have shown that if a latex condom is used correctly every time you have sex, this is highly effective in providing protection against pregnancy and HIV. The latex condom is the single, most efficient, available technology to reduce the sexual transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.

Adequate lubrication is important, but use only water-based lubricants on latex condoms. Oil-based lubricants such as petroleum jelly (Vaseline), cold cream, and hand lotion or baby oil can weaken the latex condom and are not recommended.

Does the FDA tests condom for holes?

Yes. FDA inspectors check a sample of condoms by filling them with water to see if they leak.  A manufacturer must also test to see that an average of 996 out of every 1,000 condoms pass the test.

Are condoms the most popular form of birth control?

After the birth control pill for women ages 18-34, the condom is the second most popular form of contraception. When used correctly condoms are 98% effective – although accounting for human error they are still generally 85% effective.

Some other condom tips:

Keep condoms stocked in your night table so they are at hand when you need them most.

Open the package with your hands – a scissor or teeth may tear the condom and diminish its effectiveness.

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