Proper condom use is indispensable in preventing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV. It also offers sufficient contraception against accidental pregnancy.
The importance of proper condom use just cannot be emphasized enough. When the latex condom is used properly and consistently, it becomes an essential ingredient in the conservation of sexual health.
The use of prophylactic condoms for the prevention of STD dates way back to the 17th century. Styles and sizes may have changed, but the basic raison d’être remains the same.
The latex condom lost much of its popularity with the introduction of the contraceptive pill in the 1960s. Almost simultaneously the spread of STDs skyrocketed, while accidental pregnancies seemed to nosedive.
The latex condom returned to prominence during the 1990s, when Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) struck like a hurricane without warning. So did the realization for proper condom use.
Since the condom does not cover the entire infected areas, they are probably more effective in preventing infections cause by fluids from mucosal areas, than in preventing infections cause by skin-to-skin contact.
Lubricated condoms are very much as effective as non-lubricated in preventing STD. Condoms lubricated with spermicides are just as effective as other lubricated condoms. However, spermicide lubricated condoms have a shorter shelf life than other lubricated condoms, and they are more expensive. The N-9 vaginal spermicide is linked to urinary tract infection in younger women.
If the male condom cannot be use correctly, the woman should consider using a female condom. The female condom is an effective barrier against STD and contraception. And so, it should be an integral component of proper condom use.
Having plenty condoms available in case of contamination or breakage, makes perfect sense. Never use a contaminated or torn condom. And never ever reuse a condom. Condoms are very affordable. Bulk condom purchases are available at Condom Express. You will pay less than $20.00 for 50 condoms. Free condoms are also available at distribution centers around your city. Check your community papers.
“Condom Sense” is a book that saves lives. Dr. Monica Sweeny focuses on the sensibleness of living a healthy sexual life through proper condom use. She places great emphasis on how to use a condom, and where to get them. While working as a doctor in an inner city health center, she experienced the devastation caused by HIV and AIDS and realized the importance of using condoms.
Be sensible, condoms are the only method of contraception that offers genuine protection against sexually transmitted diseases. So learning how to use a condom correctly is your key defense against STD.
Choices in Contraception
Today there are several methods of contraception to choose from. Whether it is the pill, an intrauterine device, the patch, rhythmic method, male contraception, or abstinence, the choice is yours to makes.
The ideal contraception should be safe, effective, inexpensive, and easy to use. But don’t just stop there… the ultimate contraceptive must also provide protection against the transmission of sexual diseases. The contraception of your choice must do much more than prevent pregnancy. It has got to be effective enough to protect your health. So your choice of contraception should be multifaceted.
Dr Elizabeth Connell simplifies your choices of contraception in “The Contraception Sourcebook“. It’s an invaluable resource, which provides in-depth understanding of each contraception method.
How to use a condom
Knowing how to use a condom correctly is absolutely necessary to prevent the spread of STD and HIV. Here are the things you should know in order to use a condom properly…
- Check the package to ensure it’s not torn or damage.
- Check the expiration date on the package to make sure it has not expired. (5 years for latex condoms, 3 years for N-9 coated condoms)
- Open the package carefully with your fingers to avoid tearing the rubber.
- Condoms will only roll in one direction, so it’s important to observe which direction the open end is facing.
- Squeeze the tip (nipple) gently with two fingers before placing it on head of the erect penis.
- Unroll the condom unto the erect penis, rolling it all the way down to the base of the penis.
- If you start unrolling on the wrong side, discard it and get a new one, because the outside is already contaminated with pre-ejaculatory fluids.
- Use only water-based lubricants… K-Y Jelly, spermicidal gels or creams. Oil-based lubricant will weaken the condom causing it to break.
- Use your fingers occasionally during intercourse to check if the ring is still positioned at the base of the penis.
- After ejaculation withdraw the penis while still erect.
- Hold the ring of the condom firmly against the base of the penis during withdrawal of the erect penis to prevent slippage or leakage.
- There should be no genital contact after the condom is removed.
- Dispose of the used condom properly. Put it into the trash. Never flush down the toilet nor save for reuse.
- Use a new condom for each sexual encounter.
By following these simple steps of proper condom use, you can prevent the sexual transmitted of fatal diseases and safeguard your sexual health. Don’t worry if you can’t afford to buy condoms. Free condoms are readily available on the Internet for you to practice proper condom use. Generous supporters of proper condom use will deliver free condoms, in every brand and style, to your mailbox discretely packaged just for the asking.