National Condom Awareness Week is a great time to ask yourself:
- Are you ready to be a parent?
- Do you want to know what it feels like to have an STD?
If the answer to these two questions is “no” (and it should be especially to the latter of the two), then you definitely need to start/continue using condoms. People may think they’re safe without using condoms because they choose another birth control method, like the pill, but the pill itself does not protect against STDs and condoms do. Every year in the U.S., there are 20 million new STDs. If those numbers don’t scare you, then this fact should: it could happen to you. In fact, half of all those new cases are among young people!
However, deciding to wear a condom is just as important as KNOWING how to use a condom properly. Always be careful when opening the condom wrapper; you don’t want to make a tear in the condom. Make sure the condom is placed on the tip of the penis correctly. Unroll the condom all the way down. Do not use the same condom if you have already ejaculated. Carefully remove the condom away from the vagina to avoid having any cum spill out. Use a new, different condom if you plan having intercourse again. If you want a tutorial, check out this video.
Happy National Condom Awareness Week!