DAILY BUZZ SA,Johannesburg-Please make sure you’re not making any of the top 7 most dangerous C0NDOM mistakes:
Not checking for visible damage. Nearly 75% of people never bother looking for tears or holes — even if they use their teeth to open the packet (don’t!) or snag the C0NDOM on their jewelry or fingernails.
Not checking the expiration date. Yes, that little date printed on the wrapper is news to 61% of users. Not you, of course! Just don’t confuse the expiration date (EXP) with the manufacture date (MFG). C0NDOM last a lot longer than even Twinkies — up to 5 years for plain ones, though only 2 years or so for those with a spêrmicide, which gradually breaks down the latex. But cond0ms kept in men’s wallets get toasty from body heat, which can considerably shorten a cond0m’s life expectancy (and maybe yours). If a C0NDOM is sticky or brittle, toss it.
Not discussing C0NDOM use beforehand. Yes, 60% of people say it doesn’t work out well when a partner springs C0NDOM on them at the last minute. The more both partners discuss (and even practice) using C0NDOM, the better things will go when the big moment comes. (Find out more about staying in top sêxual condition for your partner.)
Putting it on late in the action. About 43% of students in a sêx-behavior study donned the C0NDOM after penêtration had already occurred. Presumably they didn’t know that some spêrm can be released before the final fireworks, posing pregnancy and STD risks.
Not leaving room at the top. It’s apparently news to four out of 10 C0NDOM users that before putting it on, you need to gently squeeze the tip of the C0NDOM to remove any trapped air and leave space for the spêrm. Otherwise, the C0NDOM’s more likely to break.
Putting it on wrong. Don’t you hate when that happens? About 30% of people put it on inside out and don’t realize that an inside-out C0NDOM is more likely to slip off . The safest thing to do? Start with a new one. The right way: The C0NDOM should look a little like a ski cap with the bottom edges rolled up (not under). The cap should fit over the pênis so that the brim unrolls easily down the shaft. Any other way and it’s a dunce cap.
Breaking the C0NDOM. About 29% of users report breakage. A large chunk of that is user error, not product defects, say researchers. In addition to the mistakes in numbers 1, 2, 5, and 6, add this: using oil-based l*bricants (like petroleum jelly, face and body creams, and baby oil or mineral oil). These can make the latex pop.