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Do You Know How To Use A Condom Correctly?

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Did you know there was such a thing as National Condom Month? Well there is.

It is National Condom Month which made me think that this is a really great day to go over the most common mistakes people make when using a condom.

  1. Not wearing one. Okay, so that one was going to be obvious. If you are not looking to get pregnant, not using another form of birth control or not in an exclusive relationship with no fear of disease then PUT THAT RAINCOAT ON.
  2. Delayed use. Sperm releases before ejaculation so before penetration suit up! According to a recent survey, 43% of students neglect to follow this advice.
  3. Using old condoms.  A condom should not be stored for an indefinite amount of time as well the expiration date needs to be checked at the time of purchase, and beyond. Spermicide does expire and become ineffective. As well, over time the condom itself can break down, crack and get hairline tears. None of which bode well for disease or pregnancy prevention.
  4. Squeeze it. Once you get that condom on you need to squeeze the tip of the condom so that you get rid of trapped air and have room for the sperm to get trapped.
  5. Use a banana. Seriously!  If you are unsure of how to use the condom then read the directions on the box and practice on a banana which mimics the shape of a penis. This is much better than trying to figure it out in the heat of the moment and believe it, or not, 30% of people put condoms on inside out.
  6. Lube properly. Some lubes interfere with the usefulness of a condom. Check back for a full post on sexual lubricants but in the meantime keep in mind that this is another case of natural is better. Oil based lubricants can weaken latex condoms and promote slippage.

If you feel that this post is useful then please do share on social media. More importantly share with any of your loved ones who are sexually active or may become sexually active.

This is a great start to a conversation about safe sex with your kids and your lover.

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Naturally Yours,
Elise Ho
Ph.D., D.N. Psych.
Behavioral & Mental Health Specialist

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6 thoughts on “Do You Know How To Use A Condom Correctly?”

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  2. This is very important and relevant information for those who are new to condom use and for those who are already familiar, we can never know too much! Useful information.

  3. Hi Elise,

    Well this was a surprising and educational post. haha I learned a few things here and am glad you’re providing this information because there is so much education needed to all ages.

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. I love to surprise. I do agree that education is needed regardless of the age. The more open that we are about these subjects the less likely it is for sexually transmitted disease and unplanned pregnancy to occur.

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Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho is a Holistic Health & Life Coach with a special interest in emotional health, life alignment, and energy flow.

Elise will partner with you to align your mindset, your energy, your home and your career so that you can live your life's desire with freedom and love.

Elise offers 30 years of experience and multiple certifications and degrees including a Ph.D. in Natural Health and a doctoral degree in Naturopathic Psychology.