Teen pregnancy is quite an alarming issue in society nowadays.
Not only married couples but anyone, especially those in their teens, need to be properly informed and educated on how to prevent unwanted pregnancy to decrease the rate of abortion and of one’s future being left to tatters. When asked about birth control methods, surprisingly there are not much people who know about condoms, pills and other methods and tools for safe sex.
Most men think that they know how to use a condom, but there is more to it than just rolling it in and giving it a go. It’s not just about having the cheapest condom or knowing what is actually the best condom in the market. As a matter of fact, improper use of such can actually lead to the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and even unwanted pregnancy.
With the changing trend in economy, most people can just buy condoms online. There is no need to physically go to the store, which is quite an embarrassing experience for some, especially to those that are in their teens. Here are some helpful guidelines on how to use the condom properly and use it to its maximum capability:
1) When opening a condom from the packet, open it through the zigzag part using your hands. Using scissors or teeth may rip the condom and might cause you implications in the future.
2) Store condoms on a dry temperature room only. Do not store it somewhere that is too cold. Extreme humidity can actually damage latex condoms.
3) Never forget to check out the expiration dates. Do not attempt to use one that is already expired. Best to discard it at once than risk suffering later in life.
4) When switching from one activity to another (e.g. vaginal to anal), make sure to use another condom to prevent the spread of infections and E. coli.
5) Do not use condoms that are either too loose or too tight. It might tear or slip off when inside the partner’s genitals.
6) Contrary to popular belief, using oil and lubricant on a condom is not a good idea. It might compromise the material so it’s best to use it as it is.
7) Never reuse condoms. Even if it seems that there is no body fluids left inside the condom, discard it and just use a new one.
8) Never skip using a condom, unless you are in a monogamous and committed relationship and is looking forward to having a baby.
It is better to be safe than be sorry in the future. If you will engage in sexual intercourse, then you must be responsible enough to care for you and your partner’s health as well as his/her future.