Condoms are an essential for any Slutty Girl—but to get the most protection from them, it’s important that you use them correctly. Read on to clear up any misconceptions you may have and to get the facts behind some of the most popular condom myths.
1. You don’t need condoms if you’re on another form of birth control.
False: Condoms are the only form of birth control to offer protection against STIs. Not to mention, no form of birth control is 100% effective, so it’s always better to double up and improve your protection. (Just don’t double up on your condoms–the added friction makes breakage easier.)
2. Condoms protect against all STIs.
False: While it’s true that condoms offer protection against most STIs, they do not offer protection against those that can be transmitted by skin-to-skin contact (such as pubic lice, HPV, syphilis, and herpes). After all, a condom doesn’t cover the entire pubic region! This is why it’s important to get tested regularly—even if you use a condom every time.
3. You don’t need to use condoms for blowjobs.
False: You should absolutely use condoms during oral sex. Herpes, chlamydia and gonorrhea can all be transmitted from mouth to genital contact. If you don’t like the taste of rubber, try using flavored condoms or adding some flavored lube.
4. You don’t need to use condoms for anal sex.
False: Even though you won’t get pregnant during anal sex, you can still catch STIs. It’s especially important to use condoms during anal sex, because anal tissue can easily develop small micro-tears—which allow for easier transmission of infections and diseases.
5. Any lube is safe to use with condoms.
False: Oil-based lubricants can break down latex and make condoms ineffective. Try using a water-based lube to keep sex safer!
6. You can’t use condoms if you have a latex allergy.
False: If you’re allergic to latex, you should definitely avoid latex condoms, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other types of condoms you can use! Try using polyisoprene or polyurethane male condoms, or nitrile or polyurethane female condoms! (Read more about latex-free condoms here.)
7. Latex-free condoms aren’t as effective.
False: Polyisoprene and polyurethane condoms are still effective against both STIs and pregnancy, as are female condoms. However, there is some truth to this myth: lambskin condoms don’t offer any protection against STIs, so use them with extreme caution.
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Have you heard any other possible myths about condoms you’d like cleared up? Leave them in the comments!
Ask Durex: Myth Buster. Durex. Durex.com, 2015. Web. 21 June 2015.
Myths and Facts. Sexual Health Ontario. Ontario Public Health, 2015. Web. 21 June 2015.
Lambskin Condoms. About Health. Dawn Stacey, 15 December 2014. Web. 21 June 2015.