Is A Condom Really That Safe?

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Día del condón ¿Por qué se celebra y cuál es su importancia? Wayka
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When it comes to protecting yourself and your partner from sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unintended pregnancies, using a condom is one of the safest and most effective methods of contraception. But how safe is a condom really? In this article, we will look at what makes a condom reliable, and how you can use it to reduce your risk of contracting an STI or becoming pregnant.

How Condoms Work

Condoms are thin, stretchy sheaths that fit snugly over the penis. They are made from a variety of materials, including latex, polyurethane, and lambskin. Condoms create a barrier between the penis and the vagina, anus, or mouth, preventing the exchange of body fluids or skin-to-skin contact that can spread STIs or cause pregnancy.

When used correctly, condoms are 98% effective at preventing pregnancy. They are also highly effective at preventing the spread of STIs, including HIV. This is why condoms are widely recommended for safer sex.

Common Condom Mistakes

Although condoms are an effective form of contraception, they can only work if used correctly. Common mistakes that can reduce a condom’s effectiveness include:

  • Not using a condom from start to finish (including during oral sex)
  • Not leaving enough space at the tip of the condom for semen
  • Using an oil-based lubricant (oil can weaken the material of the condom)
  • Using a condom that has expired or been stored incorrectly
  • Not checking the condom for signs of damage before use

How to Use a Condom Correctly

To ensure a condom is used correctly, follow these steps:

  • Check the expiration date on the packaging before using a condom.
  • Open the package carefully. Do not use teeth, scissors, or anything sharp as this can damage the condom.
  • Put the condom on when the penis is erect, and before it touches the partner’s body or any bodily fluids.
  • Squeeze the tip of the condom as you unroll it, to leave some space at the top for semen.
  • Use a water-based lubricant to reduce friction and make the condom more comfortable to use.
  • After ejaculation, hold onto the base of the condom as you withdraw the penis and remove the condom.
  • Dispose of the condom in the bin, and wash your hands.

What to Do If a Condom Breaks

If a condom breaks, slips off, or leaks during sex, it is important to take action to reduce the risk of pregnancy or contracting an STI. Depending on the situation, you may want to consider emergency contraception, such as the ‘morning after pill’, or getting tested for STIs. It is also a good idea to speak to a healthcare professional about your options.


When used correctly, condoms are a highly effective form of contraception and STI prevention. They are easy to use and widely available, making them an ideal choice for people who want to reduce their risk of pregnancy and STIs. By following the advice above and using condoms correctly, you can ensure that you and your partner remain safe and protected.

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