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How to use condoms correctly: Tips and tricks for using condoms correctly to ensure maximum protection

How to use condoms correctly

Using condoms correctly is essential for ensuring maximum protection against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unintended pregnancies.

Here are some tips and tricks for using condoms correctly:

  1. Check the expiration date: Before using a condom, make sure to check the expiration date. Condoms that are past their expiration date are more likely to break or tear.
  2. Store them correctly: Condoms should be stored in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight and heat. Avoid storing them in places like wallets or glove compartments, as the heat and friction can weaken the material.
  3. Open the package carefully: Be careful when opening the condom package, as tearing or puncturing the condom with your nails or teeth can weaken or damage the condom.
  4. Pinch the tip: Before rolling the condom on, pinch the tip to leave some space for semen and to prevent the condom from breaking.
  5. Roll it on correctly: Make sure to roll the condom on the correct way. The condom should unroll easily and should be on the right way round, not inside out.
  6. Use lubricant: Lubricants can help to reduce friction and increase pleasure, but make sure to use a water-based lubricant as oil-based lubricants can weaken latex condoms.
  7. Use a new condom for each act of intercourse: Never reuse a condom. Always use a new one for each act of intercourse.
  8. Withdraw correctly: After ejaculation, hold the base of the condom while pulling out, to prevent the condom from slipping off or spilling semen.
  9. Dispose of it properly: Wrap the used condom in a tissue and throw it in the trash. Never flush it down the toilet as it can cause blockages.

By following these tips and tricks, you can ensure that you are using condoms correctly and maximizing their effectiveness in preventing STIs and unintended pregnancies. It’s important to communicate with your partner and practice safe sex to ensure the best protection for both of you.

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