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WE SHOULD ALL BE USING CONDOMS -- THERE IS NO REASON FOR UNPROTECTED SEX
Sayings like, “it doesn’t feel right” or “we don’t have to use one” are phrases many of us are used to hearing. Even though we may be exposed to these phrases, phrases, not everyone may know the real deal about condoms. For those of us that may not know much about condoms, there is no better time than now to get educated.
Condoms are a barrier-form of contraceptive: their sole purpose is to stop the fertilization of an egg, whether you use an internal or external condom. You read right, there is not just one type of condom but two: a male condom, which is used to cover the penis, and a female condom which can be inserted into the vagina in women or the anus in men and women. With multiple options, there is really no excuse for not using protection.
Condoms being too expensive are another excuse that nobody should use. As a matter of fact, they are available to anyone; no age restrictions to prevent you from buying condoms. There are a variety of prices at drugstores so you can simply choose the most economical brand. I think this may be one of the most used excuses among teenagers.
The use of condoms among teenagers would stop a great many problems our young people face, only one of which is unwanted pregnancies. Babies having babies seems to be on the rise.
At least 36% of pregnancies in every U.S. state are unintended. This applies in 28 states and in particular the District of Columbia where more than half of pregnancies are unintended. Rates of unintended pregnancy are generally highest in the South and Southwest, and in densely populated states.
Not only are condoms easy to get a hold of, but they are also essential. People may think the opposite is true since there are claims that condoms reduce sensation during sex. However they save you in the sense that they prevent unwanted pregnancy and STD’s. However, condoms only work if used consistently and correctly.
Then of course there are always those that complain condoms reduce the sensation. This is simply not true when you choose the right product, and don’t forget about lubricants. Here is the link to two wonderful products which should help alleviate the problem.
There is also that stigma of walking into the pharmacy to buy condoms. You can purchase them online.
Over time, however, you will come to think buying condoms as not something to be ashamed of. Condoms are effective barrier methods that prevent both pregnancy and STDs. One should be proud of the fact that, not only are you probably going to have sex, but doing it in a safe, healthy, cost effective way?
The main thing about those so opposed to condoms because of loss of sensation is, of course, use of the right products as we have already discussed, and the knowledge of how to use them properly.
To use a male condom correctly, follow these steps:
- Carefully open the foil packaging protecting the condom taking care not to damage or tear the condom
- Hold the tip of the condom between your thumb and forefinger and thumb, ensuring that it is put on the right way round and that all air is removed (this will prevent the condom from splitting)
- Pull the condom over the tip of the penis
- While squeezing the tip of the condom, roll it down the length of the penis that is erect.
- Should the condom not unroll, it is probably on inside out. Start again with a new condom as there may be sperm on it
Of course, double protection is always better, especially in young people who really do not want to become at risk of an unwanted pregnancy. Here are some interesting statistics about female condoms. If women use the female condom correctly, 5 out of 100 will become pregnant each year. If they use it incorrectly, 21 out of 100 will become pregnant each year.
To use a female condom, follow these steps:
- Carefully remove the female condom from its packaging without tearing it
- Place the closed end of the condom into the vagina, the soft inner ring should be held between your forefinger or middle finger and thumb
- Use your other hand to separate the skin (labia) surrounding the vagina, and insert the squeezed ring into the vagina
- Put your index or middle finger or both in the open end of the condom until the inner ring can be felt and push the condom as far up the vagina as possible, with the outer ring lying against the outside of the vagina
- The outer ring of the condom should always be closely on the outside of the vagina during sex. If the outer ring gets pushed inside the vagina, stop and put it back in the right place
- Make sure that when the penis enters the condom it does not go between the condom and the wall of the vagina
Now that we have explained to teenagers how easy it is, and that they should feel empowered in the use of condoms not only as a prevention of pregnancy but in stopping the spread of STDs, we should feel confident in our purchases and our commitment to go forward with these new health practices in mind. Use the best products you can find, and you can feel confident in the products from www.condomania.com