It has a 99.
99% effectiveness rate, which is one of the highest among all other contraceptive methods.
However improper use can greatly diminish the condom's effectiveness and may even render it useless.
Below are the steps that need to be taken when putting on a condom: 1.
Open the package carefully making sure that the condom does not tear in the process.
Be sure not to use your teeth or any other sharp objects to aid in opening the condom's packaging.
One important tip that is often forgotten is: Do not unroll the condom before putting it on.
The condom is rolled in such a way so to facilitate easy application.
When applying, pull back the foreskin.
Place the condom on the tip of the erect penis.
If you start by placing the condom backwards, do not, by all means turn it around and use it that way.
Throw it away and start a new one.
The smallest bit of fluid on the soiled side of the condom could still result in a pregnancy and therefore defeats the contraceptives purpose.
Pinch the tip of the condom so to squeeze out extra air and roll it out until it reaches the base of the penis.
At this point, check the condom to make sure that there is space at the tip and that there are no breaks in the condom's surface.
If so, insert the penis for intercourse.
After ejaculation, Hold on to the condom at the base of the penis when pulling out keeping the condom on.
This will make sure that there is no spillage of the semen.
Remove the condom before the penis gets soft.
When removing it, slide the condom off without spilling the semen inside.
Dispose of the use condom properly afterwards.
Other than the proper use of a male condom, there are also a few tips that would help keep the contraceptive product effective.
oDo not use Oil based products like: Grease, Lotions, or petroleum jelly (Vaseline) to help lubricate the condom further.
These oil based substances can make the condom break and therefore unusable.
oNever reuse a condom, make sure to use a new one each time you have sex.
oStore your condoms in a cool dry place.
Exposing them to direct heat may result in a decrease of the condoms integrity and cause it to easily break.
oLook at the manufacturing date in the condom's packaging.
Don't use a condom that is old or more than two years old.
Older ones may already be brittle and will result in easy breakage.
Also, do not use condoms that have damage packaging.
This may result in the condom inside being damaged too.
oDo not use a condom if it appears brittle or dried out.
This means that the integrity of the condom has been compromised and may result in breakage when used.
oDon't use a condom if there is any form of discoloration and if it feels unusually sticky.
This often indicates that the condom is defective in some way.