The Condom Mistakes You Could Be Making!

September 7, 2018

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Most of us think that we have a pretty good idea about the proper way to use condoms. The issue with that is that there are plenty of misconceptions we have. In reality, you might not be using condoms the way that you are supposed to.

Want to err on the side of caution? Check out these condom mistakes that you could be making and learn how to fix them.

Not using lube

Okay, so a large number of condoms come with lube. They add the lube to make them easier to slip on. In turn, this means that the condoms are far less likely to break. Friction can’t build up the same, so tearing of the condom during the act isn’t as big a possibility.

The problem is that we then rely entirely on the amount of lube provided. Some people will just slip the condom on and go. If you really want to avoid making a mistake, it is best to apply a little lube into the condom before you put it on first.

This will not only make it feel better for the person wearing it, but it also helps to prevent tears. Adding some outside of the condom will do the same, making sex a much smoother and more pleasant experience.

You'll need to use lube

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Using the wrong lubes

You might be tempted to grab the cheapest lube you can to make sure you can follow the above tip. However, this is perhaps one of the most common condom mistakes out there. Not all lubes are compatible with all condoms.

Oil-based lubes have a tendency to destroy latex. They have a thicker consistency and are often less irritating, but they can break condoms, so avoid them if you want the safest sex possible. Silicone lasts longer and has a slick and smooth feel, but it can kill your silicone toys if you aren’t careful.

The best thing to do is opt for water-based lubes. They dry out quicker and can get sticky, but they are safe for use with condoms and sex toys. This makes them the best alternative, so make sure you grab some and keep applying it when you need it.

Using the wrong lube can break condoms

Original source: Tenor

Make sure it fits properly

You will want to try different types of condoms to ensure that you are using ones which fit you the best. Buying them in the wrong size is actually one of the most common condom mistakes people make, simply because they don’t want to admit they have the wrong size.

If the condom feels tight or doesn’t roll all the way down to the base, it doesn’t fit your dick. You’ll need to get a size up to make sure it fits your cock and allows you to have the safe but fun sex you deserve.

If the condom is a bit baggy around your cock or it seems to keep slipping down, then you have the wrong size and need to go down a size. It might even be that the brand you are buying has inconsistent sizes, so swap brands and see. It is better to have a condom that fits properly than risk it because you don’t want to swap.

Ill-fitting condoms can break or slip off during sex

Original source: Imgur

Double the trouble

There is a shockingly common misconception that wearing two condoms is going to make sex safer. If that is how you are thinking then I need to stop you there. This is not the case at all! In fact, doubling up could make them more likely to tear.

It isn’t like double bagging your McDonald’s order to keep it warm. Adding an extra condom will create more friction, and so you will find that the condoms tear a lot easier.

I applaud you for thinking that you need more layers to contain your come, but condoms have been designed to be used with just one. If you are worried about pregnancy, you can consider using other forms of contraceptive alongside condoms… just to be on the safe side.

Doubling up condoms will make matters worse

Original source: Giphy

Storing them in your wallet

We’ve seen this happen in tons of movies, which is why this is one of the condom mistakes people don’t actually realise that they are making. They slip a condom into their wallet with their money “just in case”. After all, it is better to have one and not need it than need it and not have it… right?

Wrong, depending on where you keep it. Your wallet isn’t a good place for it. Things like moisture, heat, friction, and light can affect the quality. They can become less effective over time, especially if they are kept somewhere like your wallet or pocket.

Think about it – your wallet is close to your crotch and is often a warm place to be. Good for convenience but not so good for safe sex. Find a new place for your condoms to be on the safe side.

Believe it or not, your wallet isn't a good place for condoms

Original source: BuzzFeed

Other condom mistakes

Some of the other condom mistakes you might make include putting it on the wrong way and then simply turning it back around. If this happens, just get a new condom. Your pre-cum could still be on the condom. People also tend to leave them on too long after sex, which makes it harder to contain the contents.

Others are guilty of not leaving a gap at the top to collect the come. They might even use one condom for everything. To be on the safe side, you should use one condom for each after. Switching to something new? Grab a new condom. Make sure you check the expiration date too! They can go out of date.

How many of the above have you made or encountered before? Let us know by leaving a comment in the box below.

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Lara Mills is a writer who has four years of sex industry expertise behind her. Since she entered the adult industry, she has worked on the Escort Advertising forums, before moving into her current role three years ago.

Since then she has gained a fine reputation with her blogs on sex advice, sexual health and amusing news stories from around the globe. She is also a campaigner for the rights of sex workers from all over the world.

In her spare time, Lara keeps herself active by going running, and is something of a film buff. She also loves to go travelling.
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