Storing your condom in the wrong location, or improper application, can reduce its effectiveness. In other words, watch how you care for your condoms, otherwise they’ll become useless (and you may end up with a disease!).
Watch Where You Put It
Do you tend to keep your rubber in your wallet? You might want to think twice. According to Dr. Martha Lee, clinical sexologist at Eros Coaching and Men’s Health advisory board member, “A lot of guys tend to put their condoms in their pockets, wallet or glove compartment in their car out of convenience. They do not always realise that the heat from the vehicle or wallet can disintegrate the condom and compromise its quality.” Your condoms in your pocket and wallet can also tear due to friction caused from sitting and walking, she warns.
Get One That Fits
A condom that is too big may come off and a condom that’s too small might break, says Okamoto. “Condoms feel better and are less likely to fail when you put them on correctly,” says Dr. Lee. “With perfect use, condoms are highly effective, around 98 per cent,” she says. A poorly-fitting condom can undermine its effectiveness in preventing sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) and pregnancy, Dr. Lee explains.
She points out two important dimensions to note when choosing your condom – length and girth. Buy a condom that’s too tight for your girth and it may become uncomfortably tight, Dr. Lee says. “If it’s too short, some STIs can be transmitted between the exposed part of the penis and your partner,” she cautions.
Put It On Before You Get It On
Don’t let the heat of the moment overwhelm your head (the one on your neck, we mean) and put on the condom before there’s any penetration. Fluids released from the penis even very early on in sex can cause pregnancy or transmit an STI, says Okamoto.