Condoms and Their Use

Use top-rated latex condoms, they offer effective protection from sexually transmitted infections. To ensure your condoms do their job:

  • Store your condoms in a cool, dry place, not in your glove compartment or your wallet.
  • Open the condom packets with care. Never use scissors, a knife, or your teeth.
  • Only buy lubricated condoms.
  • If you buy condoms not already lubricated, it is a good idea to apply some yourself.
  • Use only water-based lubricants such as K-Y jelly. Oil-based lubricants such as petroleum jelly, baby oil, massage oil or body lotion can weaken latex.
  • Avoid condoms made from natural material such as lambskin. They are too porous to prevent the transmission of infection.
  • There is no reason to choose spermicidal condoms over other kinds. They have no additional benefit in preventing pregnancy, they cost more and have a shorter shelf life.
  • The male condom should be put on the erect penis prior to or during foreplay. The female condom should be inserted into the vagina prior to or during foreplay.
  • Use a new condom each time you have sex.
  • Beware of drugs and alcohol! They can affect your judgment, so you may forget to use a condom. They may even affect your ability to use a condom properly.
  • Dispose of used condoms in the garbage not in the toilet
     

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