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Using condoms is usually a pretty good idea whether you're wanting to avoid pregnancy or just protecting your sexual health. There are lots of different kinds of condoms that come in a variety of sizes. Some are specifically designed to enhance sexual pleasure. All the variety can make it fun to experiment to find out the ones you and your partner like best. Don't be afraid to try some new types of condoms and have fun experimenting.
But are there right ways to use a condom? Yep! How condoms are used or misused impacts how effective they are at preventing pregnancies as well as protecting your sexual health. So here's a couple of things to keep in mind when having fun.
Can Two Condoms Be Used Together?
There's a common misconception that it can provide extra protection to "double bag" with condoms. This means that you are either doubling up on the same type of condom or using an internal condom (sometimes called a female condom) and an external condom (usually called a male condom) at the same time. While it seems like this may provide extra protection, it actually puts people at greater risk.
During sex, there is a lot of friction that happens. When you have two condoms, there is a lot of extra friction added by the two condoms rubbing against each other. The extra friction between the two condoms, even if lube is present, increases the risk that both condoms will break. So instead of having extra protection, you'll end up with no protection at all.
Best safer sex practices should be the use of only a single condom at a time. If you are interested in having extra protection for birth control, there are a lot of other methods that can be used with condoms. You and your partner could explore the pull-out method, hormonal birth control, or a variety of other methods we will discuss in future articles.
Is There Anything Else that Can Cause a Condom to Break?
There are a number of other things to keep in mind to keep condoms in good shape so they don't break. Being aware of where you store your condoms is important. Keep them somewhere cool. While it may seem like a good idea to keep a condom handy in your wallet, the warmth of it and the pressure it undergoes when you sit on it can weaken it over time. If you want to keep one handy there, make sure it gets replaced at regular intervals if it doesn't get used.
The person who is putting on the condom also needs to be careful that they are not using their nails on the condom. If using male condoms, don't allow any nails to be used while rolling down the sides of the condom. Instead, use the sides of the thumbs to roll the condom down the penis. Nails can cause tears or weak spots in the condom that can cause them to break during sex.
It's also important to keep in mind what kinds of condoms you are using and what type of lube you are using. Latex condoms can deteriorate when they come in contact with oil-based lubes. So keep in mind what your condoms of choice are made of and choose an appropriate lubricant.
The More You Know!
Protecting you and your partner from unwanted consequences of enjoying each other is an important piece of the sexual puzzle. The more you know and understand about safer sex methods, the better protected you are, and the less you will worry about it. Knowledge will lead you and your partner to more satisfying sex.
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