How to use a condom
We all see the "be wise, condomise" messages everywhere, but do we actually feel comfortable enough to apply them properly?
Chomas, I know it may be embarrassing to admit, but don’t let your lack of knowledge on this prevent you from using condoms, they are there to keep you safe and both guys and girls should know how to use them.
A condom is a latex sheath that fits over the erect (hard) penis before penetrative sex happens. Condoms not only prevent sperm from entering the vagina (preventing unwanted pregnancy), but they also keep bodily fluids separate and prevent the transmission of STIs, like gonorrhoea and Chlamydia.
Chomas, I cannot begin to stress how important condoms are. Luckily enough, they are actually really easy to use (there's even instructions in the box): firstly, when removing your condom, tear it open in the side of the pack, be gentle though, you don't want to risk damaging the condom; condoms have expiry dates, if the condom is dry or stiff, throw it away and get a new one.
You'll see the condom looks like a rolled up ring with a little bubble at the end, there is only one direction the condom rolls down in. When the penis is hard, the condom is placed on top and gently rolled down all the way to the end, the tighter rubber at the bottom should sit secure against the base of the penis before penetrative sex begins. When you’re done, hold the base of the condom before pulling out, to prevent the condom slipping off. See, so simple!
If you find yourself feeling embarrassed or shy, why not practice putting a condom on a cucumber, it may seem silly, but you will learn a lot and it will definitely make you feel less awkward; keeping you safe.
Did you know there are also female condoms for girls? These latex sheaths actually fit inside the vagina and catch the sperm inside there. A female condom can be inserted up to 8 hours before having sex, but, just like male condoms, they must be removed after intercourse and thrown away. You can get these at the clinic, being safe and sexually responsible is a job for both partners, always remember that – don't think that it should just be the guy's job.
Condoms can only be used once, so don’t think about washing them to use again, when you're finished, wrap them in a tissue and throw them in the dustbin, never in the toilet – you will clog the drain, just imagine how embarrassing that would be, Chomas.
Condoms are an important part in maintaining sexual health and being super responsible, but they don’t need to be boring – they even come in different colours, textures and flavours. Be smart, be safe, and always use a condom.
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