Wearing a condom helps prevent unwanted pregnancy, and protects against sexually transmitted diseases – it is one sexual health message no one can claim to have missed.

Five most common errors made when putting on and wearing condoms:

1. Putting it on inside out
It’s pretty difficult to put a condom on inside out. That’s because one way is much harder to roll out than the other. And so, a person should only be able to put it on one way. But despite the struggle it may present, many men still end up putting the condom on inside out.

If you’re using a condom that doesn’t contain spermicide, putting it on inside out isn’t the end of the world. But, using an inside out condom with spermicide on the wrong side could decrease the effects of spermicide — which is supposed to stop sperm from moving.

2. Double bagging
If you want to be extra careful, be sure to wear two condoms. But in reality, wearing two condoms isn’t as effective as wearing only one. That’s because two condoms can be a pretty tight fit. And if it’s too tight, it can constrict the penis — and you can lose sensation. Also, condom-on-condom friction could lead to a rip in one or both of the condoms — which could allow sperm to escape.

3. Putting it on too late

Many men wait for foreplay to be done before putting on a condom. That can be a fine tactic — unless your foreplay involves any penetration. Any skin-to-skin contact could potentially lead to a STD or pregnancy. For a man’s pre-ejaculate could actually be loaded with sperm. And so, waiting “too long” to put a condom on is never a good idea.

4. Leaving it on too long
After sex, many partners want to lie in each other’s arms. But before the love coma sets in, a man should be sure to take off his condom. Because if he leaves it on too long, he risks having his ejaculate harden. Additionally, the ejaculate could end up plugging the penis’s urethra.

That means leftover sperm could end up staying in place and mixing with pre-ejaculate fluid. In turn, that could potentially impregnate a woman during foreplay the next time around.

5. Using expired condoms

A man should also never use an expired condom. “The effectiveness can’t be guaranteed,” Dr Turek explains. If a condom is expired, its rubber or latex can dry out. That leads to cracks and holes in the condom.

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