Condoms are indispensable in minimizing incidences of sexually transmitted infections such as chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhea, HIV and many others. In addition, these tools are effective in preventing unwanted pregnancy. Unfortunately, the effectiveness of condoms can decline dramatically when they are not used properly. Here are the most common mistakes that you should avoid to ensure that the condom performs as expected.
Not inspecting the condom
You should never forget to perform a quick inspection of the condom before use. This is a common mistake that can be made in the heat of the moment. You do not have to examine the condom in special lighting or with equipment. At least, simply make sure that the product is not past the expiration date. Physical wear and tear of the packaging is also a sign that the condom might not be in the best condition. Ideally, you should feel a cushion of air through the wrapper as well as the slipperiness of lubrication.
Not pinching the tip
The standard condoms in the market have a reservoir tip which catches the ejaculated semen. If you are using this type, you should ensure that you have pinched the tip while putting the condom on so that there is enough space to collect the semen. If this is not done, the fluid will stress the walls of the condom, and this can easily result in breakage. When pinching, ensure that there is no air bubble remaining in the tip of the condom because this will also contribute to strain and breakage.
Using more than one condom at a time
While there are situations where more is better, this is not the case with condoms. Some people assume that a second condom will act as a fail-safe in case the first breaks. Regrettably, this action only reduces the efficacy of the protective product. Basically, the two condoms will generate friction which increases the chances of breakage during sex. Moreover, the lubrication on the condoms will increase the chances of the second one slipping off.
The condom should be put on at the right time, never too early or too late. If the condom is put on before the penis is sufficiently erect, it will not remain in the right position during sex. On the other hand, if you wait for too long, the pre-ejaculate could come in contact with the partner. This fluid contains sperm and could allow the disease-causing microorganisms to transfer.