THE CHOICE OF CONDOM
There is a wide variety of condoms on the market and it can sometimes be difficult to navigate. The latex condom is the most frequently used. In case of latex allergy, the polyurethane condom remains an equally effective choice to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. The condom makes a natural membrane like sheepskin is not a first choice. Indeed, it does not protect against certain diseases, such as HIV.
It is also important to choose the size of the condom. If he is too tall, he may slip during relationships. If it is too small, the risk of discomfort and tear increases. Testing condoms of different brands and sizes will help you find the one that suits you best.
The following 10 rules are essential to make condom use even safer:
- Keep your condoms away from heat, cold, light and moisture.
- Check the expiry date of the condom before use. Do not use it if the date is exceeded.
- Do not use your teeth or nails to tear the envelope.
- Before using the condom, check its appearance. If it is fragile, sticky or damaged, discard it and use a new one.
- Avoid any contact of the penis with the mouth, sex or anus of the partner before putting the condom.
- Pinch the tip of the condom during placement to leave space for sperm collection.
- If the condom is initially placed in the wrong direction, discard it and use a new one.
- Avoid oil or petroleum based lubricants such as Vaseline.
- Use a new condom every time you have sex or change your lane (oral, vaginal, or anal) in the same relationship.
- Hold the condom firmly at the base of the penis during removal. The perfect time to withdraw is just after ejaculation, while the penis is still erect.
After sex, wrap the condom in a tissue and dispose of it in the trash. Do not throw it in the toilet. If there has been a failure of condom use (eg rupture), consult your pharmacist. It may offer options to reduce the risk of unwanted pregnancy.
If you want to stop using condoms, you and your partner must be tested for sexually transmitted infections. In addition, you should consider another method of contraception to prevent pregnancy.
It can sometimes be embarrassing to discuss sexual issues with a health professional. Because of its availability and knowledge, your pharmacist can be an accessible and reliable advisor. Rest assured, he is used to dealing with a multitude of topics with his clients, including those related to sexuality. If you have questions to ask him that are more personal, do not hesitate to ask him to meet you in his consulting office. You will be able to ask all your questions or ask for his opinion, in all discretion and confidentiality!