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Debunking myths: Condoms

All discussions about family planning must include various contraceptive methods, especially condoms. However, there are various myths concerning this particular contraceptive that exist globally which prevent the adults in a family from talking about it. They are one of the biggest creations when it comes to reproduction, health and family planning around the world.

Religious or cultural ideas about young people’s sexuality might occasionally support the perpetuation of these falsehoods. Other times, young people who don’t have access to knowledge on sexual and reproductive health have misconceptions about how a condom functions and pass those on to their friends.

When used correctly, condoms can be an excellent option for people who want to avoid unwanted pregnancy and STIs and take control of their sexual and reproductive activities.

Facts and Myths:

Myth #1: Condoms are flimsy and quickly come off or break

FACT: Condoms efficiently prevent the transfer of the majority of STIs, including HIV, and prevent pregnancy 98% of the time when used as directed, which includes opening the condom carefully, wrapping the condom on an erect penis, and having enough lubrication. Compared to doing nothing, using condoms is a far superior way of preventing any problem that might affect your sex life. Manufacturers of condoms use strict quality control procedures to guarantee that their product is always reliable and safe.

Myth #2: Using a condom makes sex less pleasurable.

FACT: Sex is more enjoyable when both partners are less worried about STI transmission and unwanted pregnancy. Prior to engaging in sexual activity, having a discussion about expectations and boundaries enables everyone to be on the same page and can boost feelings of trust and fulfillment. This provides the right platform for individuals to become vulnerable and let go of themselves in the act. Additionally, condoms are lubricated to make sure both parties can comfortably use them. Hence they do not make sex any less pleasurable.

Myth #3: Two condoms are preferable to one

FACT: Using two condoms at once increases friction, which may lead to tearing or breaking of one or both condoms. In the event that the condom is originally applied incorrectly or backwards, or if both parties want to have sex again, having a second backup condom on hand is a wise choice. Besides, putting two condoms and increasing friction might hurt your partner instead, making the situation bitter.

Myth #4: Condoms are too little

Fact: Condoms themselves come in a variety of forms, sizes, flavours, textures, and colours, and latex condoms can stretch to accommodate various penis sizes and shapes. Finding the right condom for a couple may take some time, but just because one didn’t work doesn’t mean they should all be avoided. Consult with our nearest pharmacist and they might be able to help you in getting the correct one.

Myth #5: People who use condoms are likely to be sexually active

FACT: Research from the UN has shown that educating young people thoroughly about sexuality, including the proper use of condoms, actually delays sexual engagement. Additionally, such individuals are more likely to have fulfilling, secure, and consensual encounters once they do start having sex. Everyone can benefit from condoms’ capacity to prevent STIs and unwanted pregnancies, including long-term couples. This not only makes things easier for the individuals but also promotes feelings of security and trust.

Bonus Myth #6: Condoms are solely used by males

FACT: Women who have problems persuading their spouse to wear a male condom might benefit greatly from the female condom, which is just as reliable and safe as the male version. It could take some getting used to, but when used properly, the female condom can be unnoticeable. It gives women freedom and control over their sexual and reproductive health, so they don’t have to rely on their partners. It can be put on hours before any sexual activity.

Wrapping it up

Contrary to common misconceptions, condoms are accessible, safe, and, most importantly, they give users a choice. They are the only way for sexually active people to avoid getting HIV, chlamydia, and gonorrhea, and you don’t need a prescription to buy them. Any complete sexual education programme should include information on this contraceptive method. Condom distribution and discussion do not enhance sexual activity; rather, they only make sex safer and enjoyable.

Everyone can control their sexual and reproductive health thanks to the creation of condoms.

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