Despite the constant reminder that pre-marital sex is a no-no, it happens these days. But how much do we know about contraceptives?
Unfortunately for us here in Malaysia, we are not educated on the ways that we can protect ourselves sexually — from STDs or pregnancies. There is a whole lot of contraceptives out there that are designed to protect not only our health but our partner’s as well.
So before you decide to get all hot and heavy, here some different contraceptives and what you need to know about them:
The Male Condom
One of the most common contraceptives out there is the male condom. Why? It is easy to use, easy to obtain and doesn’t cost a fortune. Despite what many may think, condoms can go bad. Uh oh. According to Durex, condoms must be thrown away if they are past the expiration date (make sure you check it) or they have not been stored in a cool area away from sunlight and extreme temperatures. Beware that you do not use the wrong lubricant, such as an oil based one, with the condom as it can cause it to tear. Use only water based lubricant if desired. If you are planning on going for more than a round, make sure to change the condom every time.
How to use it?
- Check the expiration date before using it.
- Tear open the package, but avoid tearing the condom. Make sure the condom isn’t torn, brittle or hard. If it is, throw it away.
- Pinch the tip of the condom and roll it onto your partner’s penis. If must, add a drop or two of lubrication on the inside of the condom so that it rolls on easily.
- If your partner is uncircumcised, make sure to pull the foreskin back before rolling on the condom.
- Be sure to leave some extra space at the top (the part that you pinched) to allow semen collection.
- Once done, immediately pull out and roll off the condom to avoid any semen spillage.
While it may be very easy to obtain as you can get it from pharmacies or convenient stores, condoms are not 100% effective. According to Pro-Life America, a variety of studies have found that condoms have an “annual failure rate” of 10% to 36% when it comes to preventing pregnancy. Research from Zavamed shows that condoms are usually made of latex, but if you are allergic to latex, some brands also specialize in condoms made of polyurethane or lambskin. These two are also compatible with lube (latex condoms are not, unless with water-based lubricant); however lambskin condoms do not provide protection against STIs.