Does Using Condoms Prevent Sexually Transmitted Diseases ?

When used properly, wearing a condom every time you have sex with a partner is the best possible way of preventing any sexually transmitted disease whether bacterial or viral from being passed from one person to the other. Condoms are well made because they are classed as being a medical item which means they come under very strict quality control tests. This in turn means the failure rate of a condom is extremely low when they are worn and used correctly. However, there are certain things you need to check out which are listed below.

Make sure you wear the right size condom because this really does matter

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Check Expiry Date on Condoms

It is essential to check the expiry date on a packet or single condom because if they are out of date, you might compromise your safety when having sex and therefore be more at risk of contracting some sort of STD and HIV.

Make Sure They Carry a European CE Mark

You should always buy and use condoms which boast having the European CE mark on them because this means they have undergone all the rigorous tests before they arrive on the market for sale whether online or in a high street shop.

Novelty Condoms Are Not Safe

Although you might think it fun to use novelty condoms from time to time, you need to bear in mind they are NOT safe to use and therefore you could be exposed to contracting a sexually transmitted disease and not even know you have got it.

Make Sure You Buy the Right Size Condom

In order to be as protected as possible, you have to use the right size condom. Condoms come in various widths and lengths and each manufacturer makes their own sizes which mean you might have to do a little research before finding a condom that’s the perfect size for you to wear.

Getting treating for a sexually transmitted disease quickly is crucial

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Tips on How to Use a Condom Properly

Always use a new condom every time you have sex – NEVER re-use a condom!

You have to put the condom on as soon as you have an erection and before you have any sexual contact with your partner – bear in mind infections are carried in vaginal and seminal fluid!

Avoid any oil-based lubricants, which include things like baby oil and Vaseline because they could weaken the integrity of the condom. In short, it might cause a condom to split. Water-based lubricants can be used and can be purchased online or in the high street

You must withdraw your penis as soon as you have ejaculated and before it softens, holding the condom firmly to prevent it from slipping off as you do which could result in spilling some semen

Always change condom if you then decide to have anal sex with your partner and having vaginal sex with them

The Right Condom for Anal Sex

When you have anal sex up with a partner, the condom you use needs to be a lot stronger because more stress is put on it. Stronger means thicker but if you do decide to use a standard condom, make sure you use lots of water-based lubricant. You should never use a condom with a lubricant that contains nonoxynol-9 because this will end up damaging the lining of the rectum which in turn increases the chances of catching HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

Conclusion

As long as condoms are used properly and with care, they offer people the best type of protection against any sexually transmitted diseases whether they are bacterial or viral. Practising safe sex is essential but if you do find you are suffering a few symptoms associated with any sexually transmitted disease, you must either see a doctor or purchase a test kit which you can do online. If the tests come back positive the earlier you get treated the better and you would have to stop having sex with your partner until you get the all clear.

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