19 Condom Mistakes You're Makingg
Putting on a condom may seem second nature to you by
now, but are you actually doing it the right way?
Sadly fellas, the latest research suggests you might
Researchers from Indiana University analyzed 50
studies on condom usage, and after punching the
numbers on 16 years of data, they found a laundry
list of errors.
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15 things that couples are doing wrong when gearing
up for getting down.
1. Late application
Across the numerous studies, between 17 percent and
51.1 percent of people reported putting a condom on
after intercourse has already begun. (Which doesn't
quite cut it when it comes to The Deadliest STD in
the United States.)
2. Early removal
Between 13.6 percent and 44.7 percent of the
respondents reported removing the condom before
intercourse was complete. (We'll take "defeating the
point" for 1,000, Alex.)
3. Completely unrolling the condom prior to
Between 2.1 percent and 25.3 percent of people
admitted to completely unrolling the condom before
sliding it on. How does that even work?
4. No space at the tip
Failing to leave space for semen at the tip of the
condom was reported by 24.3 to 45.7 percent of the
5. Failure to remove air
When looking back to their last sexual encounter,
48.1 percent of women and 41.6 percent of men
reported that they didn't squeeze the air from the
tip before use.
6. Inside-out condoms
Between 4 percent and 30.4 percent of participants
reported they began rolling the condom on inside
out, but then flipped it over and continued its use.
And that's bad, since it can expose her to your
pre-ejaculatory fluids, which can get her pregnant.
(Nope, that wasn't just a lie your gym teacher told
7. Failure to completely unroll the condom before
When looking back to their last sexual encounter,
11.2 percent of women and 8.8 percent of men had
began intercourse before the condom was unrolled all
8. Exposure to sharp object
Between 2.1 percent and 11.2 percent of people had
opened condom packets with sharp objects. The
problem: If it's sharp enough to rip the wrapper,
it's sharp enough to rip the condom. Duh.
9. Failure to check for damage
When removing the condom from the package, 82.7
percent of women and 74.5 percent of men reported
that they fail to check for damage before use. What
to look for: Make sure the wrapper isn't worn down
or ripped open, keep your eyes peeled for expired
dates, and check for visible imperfections while
10. No lubrication
Between 16 percent and 25.8 percent of people
reported using condoms without lubrication. The
trouble? If you're having sex for an extended period
of time, the condom is more likely to tear without
So, lather up and follow these 12 Foolproof Sex Tips
Women Wish You Knew.
11. Lubrication complications
Roughly 3.2 percent of women and 4.7 percent of men
reported using an oil-based lube with a latex
condom. That weakens the latex, which can make it
prone to breakage.
12. Incorrect withdrawal
Nearly 31 percent of men and 27 percent of women
reported that (post-sex) they failed to promptly and
properly withdraw after ejaculation. No matter what
the Cranberries sang, guys, this ain't a time to let
13. Reusing a condom
Between 1.4 percent and 3.3 percent of people
reported reusing a condom at least twice during a
sexual encounter. Gross.
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14. Incorrect storage
Between 3.3 percent and 19.1 percent of people in
the studies had stored their condoms in conditions
that did not comply with the recommendations on the
package. Avoid storing them in direct sunlight or
your wallet--both can degrade the latex.
15. Not checking for visible damage.
Nearly 75% of people never bother looking for tears
or holes -- even if they use their teeth to open the
packet (don't!) or snag the condom on their jewelry
or fingernails, according to a Kinsey Institute
16. Not checking the expiration date.
Yes, that little date printed on the wrapper is news
to 61% of users. Not you, of course! Just don't
confuse the expiration date (EXP) with the
manufacture date (MFG). Condoms last a lot longer
than even Twinkies -- up to 5 years for plain ones,
though only 2 years or so for those with a
spermicide, which gradually breaks down the latex.
But condoms kept in men's wallets get toasty from
body heat, which can considerably shorten a condom's
life expectancy (and maybe yours). If a condom is
sticky or brittle, toss it.
17. Breaking the condom.
About 29% of users report breakage. A large chunk of
that is user error, not product defects, say
researchers. In addition to the mistakes in numbers
1, 2, 5, and 6, add this: using oil-based lubricants
(like petroleum jelly, face and body creams, and
baby oil or mineral oil). These can make the latex
pop. Instead, use kinder, gentler water-based or
silicone lubricants (think glycerin or K-Y Jelly).
18. Slipping off during sex.
The 13% who report slippage have many reasons,
including, "It just didn't fit right." To find a
good fit, buy a variety of styles and sizes (there
really aren't that many choices) and try them at
leisure. Remember, natural lambskin sounds nice and
can prevent pregnancy, but it doesn't protect
against the viruses that cause AIDS, hepatitis, and
herpes. Only latex can do that.
19. Not wearing one at all
This wasn't actually part of the study, but we
should add that #15 is this: Not using one at all.
According to the (most recent) National Survey of
Sexual Health and Behavior, only 45 percent of men
ages 18 to 24 used a condom with their last sexual
partner. And as the age groups increased, the stats
only got worse: Only 29.3 percent of men ages 25 to
34 used condoms and 21.3 percent of men between ages
35 and 44.
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