Despite wearing a condom being one of the easiest ways to keep yourself STI and baby free, apparently a lot of people still manage to fuck up when using them.
Men’s sexual health expert, Dr Paul Turek of The Turek Clinic in California, has recently spoken to the Daily Mail Online, and explained the most common mistakes people make when putting on and wearing condoms.
From double-bagging to reusing them, these unnecessary errors put people at risk for unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, he warned.
Here’s Dr Turek’s eight top tips of what to avoid.
Putting it on inside out
You’d think it’d be pretty difficult to put a condom on inside out because, as Dr Turek explains, it’s much harder to roll it out the wrong way. But, despite this, many men still end up putting the condom on inside out and, although it will still act as a barrier for sperm, there’s no spermicide killing off the sperm.
Conventional wisdom says that two is better than one, however that’s not true when it comes to condoms. Two condoms can be a pretty tight fit and, if it’s too tight, it can lead to friction ripping one or both of the condoms which could allow sperm to escape.
Putting it on too late
A lot of men wait for foreplay to be over with before putting on a condom. Dr Turek says this can be a fine tactic – unless your foreplay involves any type of penetration as pre-cum can be loaded with sperm. He also claims that it’s ‘risky’ because you could still get an STI.
Putting it on too soon
At the other end of the spectrum, a man shouldn’t attempt to put on a condom too soon because, if the penis isn’t fully erect, then the condom may not sit properly on the penis leading to it slipping off or even ripping.
Rolling a condom out before putting it on
Apparently some men weirdly roll a condom out before putting it on, making it extra difficult to get on there and putting the wearer at risk of the condom breaking. Instead, Dr Turek recommends men put on a condom the way ‘a woman puts on stockings’.
Using expired condoms
You wouldn’t drink sour milk or eat rotten food, so its just as important that you never use an expired condom. Dr Turek says that if a condom is expired, its rubber or latex can dry out and that can lead to cracks and holes in the condom.
Wearing the wrong size
Dr Turek claims that most men overestimate the size of their penises and knowing what size of condom you should wear is important. He says if a man is wearing a condom that’s too large then it could fall off, roll off or even leak from the bottom. Meanwhile, if a condom is too small, it could potentially break.
Not paying attention to tears
Condoms ripping during sex isn’t all that uncommon but Dr Turek says most of the tears occur not with use but from catching it while putting it on. He also claims if you feel a snap or the sensation changes, be sure to take a moment to check that the condom hasn’t torn at all.