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    10 Condom Usage Mistakes You could be making - How to use male and female condom

    • 4.8   (8 Votes)

    Top 10 Condom Usage Mistakes include tearing condom packet wrong, putting condom on the wrong side, not squeezing space, not storing properly, and buying condoms which have expired date. One needs to learn that how to use condom and how to wear condom to make sure that these mistakes are not repeated.

    Condoms are the very first contraception and are very necessary to prevent pregnancy as well as the STDs. Condoms are the most popular and used a form of contraception to prevent pregnancy since they are inexpensive and easy to use. Condoms do have a 98% success rate of preventing pregnancy if used properly at the time of intercourse. (1) Due to lack of knowledge people do end up making a lot of mistakes while using them though. And this could lead to unwanted pregnancies as well as STDs. Here are some of the most common mistakes listed people make while using condoms:

    1. Tearing the Condom Packet Wrong:

    Some people rip off the condom packet by using their teeth instead of fingers. Tearing this way may cause tears or breakages in the condom which will lead to the wrong use of condom and might reduce the effectiveness of the condom. 

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    2. Completely unrolling the condom:

    Completely unrolling the condom is the common mistake that is completely unrolling the condom before putting it while erection which makes condom lose and ineffective. Condoms are one of the best birth control methods and better than oral contraceptive pills or birth control pills. (2)

    3. Putting it on the wrong side:

    Sometimes it happens that people accidentally roll down the condom on the wrong way and after realizing their mistake they again roll it back the right way and use the same condom. Doing this way is dangerous because some of the pre-ejaculate liquid might accidentally get on the outer surface of the condom which can cause unwanted pregnancies. (3)

    4. Using the Wrong Lubricant:

    A very important thing that you need to keep in mind before using condoms is, you need to use compatible lubricants with condoms that do not damage the condoms. For example, if you’re using latex condoms you should never use oil-based lubricants like hand lotion, cold cream or petroleum jelly that can cause damage to latex condoms. Try using water-based ones like glycerine or lubricating jellies which will not damage condoms and can be purchased from the drug store. (4)

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    5. Not Squeezing out the Air:

    All men using condoms should know that before putting on a condom you need to gently squeeze out the little air bubble in it. Failure to squeeze out air bubbles can result in the condom breaking or burst. Condoms are one of the best birth control methods and better than oral contraceptive pills or birth control pills. (5)

    6. Not Leaving Space:

    This condom problem occurs when guys put a condom on without leaving some space at the tip for semen collection which results in breakages or burst. Condoms are one of the best birth control methods and better than oral contraceptive pills or birth control pills. 

    7. Taking it off before you’re done: 

    Some condom users tend to take it off before they’re done with the intercourse which renders the contraception useless. Condoms are one of the best birth control methods and better than oral contraceptive pills or birth control pills. (6)

    8. Taking it off too late:

    While others tend to leave the condom on even after they lose an erection which can directly result in the sperm seeping out of the condom. It’s important to immediately remove and dispose of the condom after use and do not flush. Condoms are one of the best birth control methods and better than the oral contraceptive pills or birth control pills. (7)

    9. Buying condoms past their expiry date:

    It's important to know that condoms to have an expiry date. It’s important to check the condom packet before you start using them because they tend to lose their elasticity and effectiveness. (8)

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    10. Not storing them properly:

    Men sometimes store condoms in their pockets which can damage its texture and degrade the latex. Condoms are one of the best birth control methods and better than oral contraceptive pills or birth control pills. 

    Looking for home remedies and tips about birth control methods? If yes, then check out our useful article on how to Avoid Pregnancy Naturally. You might not know but the vaginal ring is also a contraceptive which is more convenient and effective as compared to oral contraceptive pills.



    Vipin Gaur

    Please suggest some best brands of condom with a high success rate, price, and reviews. It will be easier for the readers to choose.

    Oct. 11, 2018, 1:26 p.m. 5.0


    Leo Edward

    Please check either you are allergic to latex or not? Condoms which are readily available in the market are mostly made up of latex. So, be sure about using them.

    Sept. 13, 2018, 2:22 p.m. 5.0


    Bradley Perry

    I never cared about the expiry date upon condoms. I never thought it can be this harmful. Thanks for the knowledge!

    Feb. 13, 2018, 5:19 p.m. 4.5


    Nelson Cooper

    I never used any lubricants with a condom and it ends up being harsh for my partner. Please suggest some best lubricants which go with condoms.

    Sept. 15, 2017, 8:15 p.m. 5.0


    Shrabani Saha

    Oral contraceptive pills are good but when we forget taking pills then there are chances to get pregnant with pills.

    Aug. 21, 2017, 11:06 a.m. 4.5


    Kalpana Mathur

    Condoms do not have any side effects like that of birth control pills. But yes we can be forgiven for putting a condom on the wrong way around. We're only human and we should be very careful while placing it.

    Aug. 21, 2017, 11:03 a.m. 4.5


    Moni Bhatia

    Choosing right contraception helps in better planning of pregnancy. Condoms are the best birth control methods as they prevent from sexually transmitted diseases.

    Aug. 21, 2017, 10:22 a.m. 4.5


    Tom Barry

    Thanks for sharing. I bet every man does it wrong.

    Feb. 13, 2017, 3:12 p.m. 5.0

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