Condoms are one of the popular contraception methods out there for preventing unwanted pregnancies and practicing safe sex. They play a very crucial role in preventing sexually transmitted infections by keeping you and your partner safe. If you have never used condoms, it can be awkward to go up to a store attendant to enquire about them, but this guide has got you covered with the answers to the commonly asked questions about condoms.

Why should I use a condom?

Using a condom is the easiest way of practicing safe and responsible sex. It prevents unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia, and other STIs. It is easy to use, does not have any side effects, and you don’t need a prescription to buy condoms in a store.

Do all condoms come in the same size?

The answer is no. Condoms come in various shapes and sizes to suit the needs of different users. Not using the right size of a condom can make sexual intercourse uncomfortable. Furthermore, it can lead to condom failures, such as breaking during use, leading to sexually transmitted infection or unwanted pregnancy.

What if I am allergic to latex?

If you have sensitivity to latex, you can use non-latex condoms usually made of other materials, including polyisoprene, polyurethane, or lambskin. Although most condoms are usually made of latex material, it is only one type of material available for making condoms.

What do you do when a condom breaks during use?

A condom breaking during use is not an unusual occurrence. When you notice that a condom has broken during sex, stop right away and use a new condom. Suppose you suspect the exchange of fluids and you are unsure about your partner’s HIV status. In that case, you must see a health practitioner who may recommend a 28 day HIV post prophylaxis therapy to prevent any risk of infection. The female partner must take an emergency contraceptive afterward if they are concerned about pregnancy.

What causes a condom to break during use?

Most condoms do not break and work well in preventing unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases. The tearing or breaking of a condom during use is often a sign that the condom was too small or you did not use it properly. If the condom slips off during sex, it is probably too big. Using condoms the right way can minimize the chances of breaking during use.

What should you use as a lubricant?

Sex lubricants can enhance your sexual experience when things start to feel dry. Lubes are recommended, especially during anal sex, for more comfort. Many condoms are usually pre-lubricated for easy use, but use a water-based one if you need more lubricant. Avoid using oil-based lubricants and products such as petroleum jelly, massage oil, lotions, balms, creams, and Vaseline when using condoms because they can weaken the condom, making it prone to splitting or breaking during use.

Is wearing two condoms safer?

Wearing two condoms is not safer and only makes sex uncomfortable. It also increases friction hence the possibility of the condom tearing or slipping off.