April 3, 2008

Fast Facts about How to Use Condoms

Posted in Category : Women's Health

Using condoms is one of the most popular and effective contraceptive methods. A male condom is a thin sheath which covers the erect penis during the sexual intercourse. The main purpose of using the male condoms is to prevent the pregnancy. It covers the penis and prevents the direct contact with vagina. Thus, it protects against the sexually transmitted diseases like HIV, gonorrhea etc.

Male condoms may vary in textures, colors, styles and flavors. They are made from different materials such as rubber (latex), lambskin or plastic (polyurethane). Every condom has different amount of lubrication and spermicides.

The condom is rolled over the hardened or erected penis during the intercourse. It is immediately taken off after the ejaculation to avoid the leakage. When the condom is worn, the sperms are trapped in the tip of the condom. Thus, they are prevented from coming in contact with the vagina. Every time, new condom should be used.

Male condoms are effective to prevent the pregnancy upto 85% if they are used consistently and perfectly. The failure rate is about 3% only. Avoid the use of lubricants such as massage oil, Vaseline or baby oil along with condoms as they can make the latex weak. Store the condoms in cool, dry place to keep them in top form. The condoms are easily available without any prescription.

Some people show allergic reactions to latex. Polyurethane condoms can be good alternative for them. According to some people, the condoms decrease the pleasure and sensitivity during the intercourse. Sometimes, condoms may break if not put properly. It may increase the risk of pregnancy. The natural skin condoms do not offer protection against the sexually transmitted diseases. The condoms that contain the spermicides can increase the risk of urinary tract infection. Sometimes, use of condoms may be uncomfortable for both partners.