FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE THOUGHT ABOUT BUT NEVER ASKED
- Why use a condom?
- Condoms are the best protection when used consistently against HIV and other STDs including gonorrhea, HPV, genital herpes, chlamydia and syphilis. They are also a birth control device when used properly.
- How effective are condoms?
- When used consistently and correctly condoms are highly effective in preventing the transmission of STDs. Condoms are also 98 percent effective in preventing pregnancy when used correctly, every time. You should be sure to check the expiry date on the label of the condom before use for maximum effectiveness. You should also check the condition of the condom also before use, if the condom is ripped, stiff, stick or looks dry it should not be used as that can affect the effectiveness. Condoms should be stored in a cool, dry place and if kept in a wallet or purse they should be replaced regularly.
- Are condoms reusable?
- Condoms are not reusable. They should be used only once. Used condoms should be disposed of responsibly.
- What is an erectogenic condom?
- Erectogenic condoms are a recent development for use by normal, healthy men. They incorporate a compound to help men maintain a firmer erection during intercourse whilst wearing a condom. A pharmacological dose contained mainly in the teat of the condom is delivered to the penis. This has been clinically proven to increase blood flow within the penis that in turn leads to increased firmness, increased penile size and longer duration of an erection. In a clinical study, a significant proportion of men and women who provided comments reported improvements in the firmness of the man's erection during intercourse compared to a standard condom.
- How do you put a condom on correctly?
- The condom should be put on the penis prior to any genital contact as some STDs can be transmitted without vaginal intercourse through genital contact. Furthermore, semen can be contained in fluid prior to ejaculation. This fluid may contain STDs so condoms should be worn for the duration of sexual activity.
- Tear the package gently on the side, do not use teeth or scissors, and then pull the condom out slowly with care to prevent ripping.
- Place the rolled condom over the head of the erect penis
- Pinch the tip of the condom so as to leave space (half an inch) for the semen to collect, whilst holding the tip, roll the condom down to the base of the penis.
- The condom should fit well, not too tight, so there is no sliding or breakage during intercourse.
- Are thinner condoms more likely to break?
- No. The thickness of the condom doesn't necessarily relate directly to the safety of it.
- Is it possible to be allergic to latex condoms?
- Yes it is possible to be allergic to latex condoms and if you are then you should seek non latex condoms. If you think you may be allergic to latex, the correct diagnosis is important. Your doctor or allergist will be able arrange tests to decide whether you have a latex allergy.
- Is it safe to use condoms underwater or in a shower?
- As long as the condom remains on the penis it is safe and effective in water. To be on the safe side, try to put the condom on prior to being in the water. It is important to note that chemicals in water, such as bath oil and chlorine may affect the performance of a latex condom.
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