Condom myths are way too many and it’s high time you know the reality. In case you did not pay enough attention in you Sex-ed classes or sexual education is considered a taboo in your country.
Here are 16 common condom myths you need to stop believing in!.
1. Condoms surely prevent pregnancy.
One of the biggest condom myths that people rely on is this. Some people harbor the wrong notion in their mind: if it’s a condom, it’s safe. As it turns out, it’s not. It has an efficiency of almost 98%, which means that there is a 2% chance of the female to become pregnant upon its use!
Condoms= safer sex, not safe sex.
2. Condoms reduce comfort and sensitivity.
Not at all! Studies have shown that people of both the sexes feel as pleasurable as before. Though some condoms are designed in a way to increase the amount of time the guy requires to come, but that doesn’t make him less sensitive!
3. They do not have an expiry date.
Actually, they do. Next time you buy a condom, read the packet carefully and you’ll find it. Use of expired condoms cause rashes and skin irritation to both the people involved! Get rid of the condom myths and be safe.
4. There’s no need for one because she is on pills.
An important thing to remember is that pills do not prevent STIs. Plus, pills are known to have an astonishing failure rate. If the girl is sick and is on antibiotics, there is a huge chance for her to pop the news to you.
5. Another one of the fake condom myths : Condoms aren’t needed for oral and anal sex.
Turns out, they are. People often forget that the reason to use condoms is not only to prevent pregnancy, but also to prevent STDs and STIs!
6. Condoms are only required for heterosexual sex.
Condoms are required for all kinds of sexual interaction. Primarily, to act as a precaution for spread of conditions that are sexually transmitted.
7. The more number of condoms, the better.
Jeez! Two is better than one doesn’t really work here. Instead, the friction between them may cause them to tear and therefore become less effective.
8. They can be stored anywhere and everywhere.
If you keep them in your pockets for long, using them is as good as not using them. This is because the friction created may cause them to get a tiny scratch big enough for sperms to pass through!
BONUS FACT: They are not to be stored in extremely high or extremely low temperatures.
9. Any lube goes with your condom.
So you think using Vaseline or baby oil as a lubricant is a good idea? Well, it’s not. The lubricants that you are supposed to use for your condoms should be either water based or silicone based. Oil based lubricants like Vaseline, dissolves the condom and causes the to tear!
Which is why ladies, you should take your lipstick off before making a move on that condom.
10. You don’t need one with someone you know TOO well.
Physical symptoms are not necessary for every STD. Therefore, outward appearance or where they stand on your Niceness-scale doesn’t really matter at all.
11. Condoms are oh-so-fragile.
Condoms do NOT break often. Unless you do not know how to use them.
It works perfectly fine unless you are using an expired one or an oil-based lubricant over it!
12. Latex allergies= no condoms for lifetime.
Probably the biggest myth of all time. Just because you have a latex allergy doesn’t mean you have been barred from enjoying safe sex forever. There are a lot of condoms out there that are NOT latex based.
13. Condoms can be put on in the middle of sex or just before ejaculation!
Forgetting for a while about how uncomfortable that is supposed to be, it still doesn’t solve the problem of STI risks. Pre-seminal fluid may cause sexual infections!
14. It is always the guy’s job to bring one.
It’s not wrong to care about your own sexual health and take the initiative yourself. On to of that, you can use female condoms as well, which have an efficiency of up to 95%.
15. Condoms are expensive.
BS! Condoms are one of the most affordable and easily available forms of the best contraceptives ever!
And the one that interests (read: worries) teens the most,
16. You need to be an 18 to buy condoms.
You do not. Whether you are a kid or an aging crooked man, you can totally lay your hand on one.