December 20, 2007
Birth control is one of the biggest concerns that people all over the world has to face. As such, the medical field has come up with various ways to implement birth control and one of the most popular means is the male condom. The male condom is also called “rubber.”
A rubber is actually a thin covering made of latex, plastic, or animal membrane. The most common types of condoms in the market are made of latex. However, due to some people being allergic to latex, the plastic type has been developed. This kind of condom is generally more expensive than those made of latex. More so, it seems that the condoms made of plastic break more easily. The last kind, made of animal membrane, is also termed “natural” condoms.
There is a wide variety of latex condoms. They can be grouped according to size, shape, thickness, lubrication, flavor, and color. The first three classifications may play a critical role in birth control while the latter three do not.
When should a man use a condom? Anytime that he has sex with a partner, he should use a condom. That is, if he wants to prevent pregnancy and/or he wants to be safe from sexually transmitted diseases. In fact, these are the two important roles condoms have. Even if there is only the slightest risk that the sexual partner may have a sexually transmitted disease, a condom should be used. According to studies, men become infected with STDs often when they have oral sex. As such, condoms should be used then as well.
Though condoms present a viable means of birth control and preventing the spread of STDs, they are not 100% effective. For birth control, they are around 85% effective. With careful use, however, the percentage goes up.
You should know that condoms can break – and they do. Once this occurs it is no longer effective. Condoms that are too old would rip easily. Condoms today are packaged in such a way that it is indicated when they should not be used anymore. Improper storage could also cause the breakdown of the material. Keeping condoms in the car glove compartment or your wallet can expose it to high temperatures and thus make the material prone to breakage. Another cause of breakage in condoms is the lack of lubrication. In order to prevent this, make sure that you use water based lubricants. Never use oil based lubricants as they erode the material in the condom. These include Vaseline, baby oil, and others. It may not be obvious but if the condom size is too small, it would not work as well. So make sure that you have the right size.
Remember, you should not put your life at risk. Whether it is pregnancy you are avoiding or the risk of acquiring STD, your life can change drastically if you are not careful enough. Do not go out on a limb and take your chances. It is better to be safe than sorry. Protect yourself now.
Article Source: What You Need To Know About Condoms