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A recent study published in the journal Sexual Health reveals that in many cases, condoms are used incorrectly, greatly reducing their effectiveness in protecting against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unwanted pregnancies.


–         Late application of condom, after intercourse has already begun

–         Early removal, before intercourse was over

–         Unrolling a condom before putting it on

–         No space at the tip for the semen

–        Failing to remove air, which could cause breakage

–         Inside-out condoms: rolling on a condom inside out and then flipping it to the other way around

–         Failing to unroll all the way

–         Exposure to sharp objects

–        Not checking for damage before using

–         No additional lubrication

–         Wrong lubrication : using oil-based lubricants

–         Incorrect withdrawal

–         Condom reuse

–         Incorrect storage

Remember that the systematic use of condoms reduces the incidence of STIs and unwanted pregnancies so use them!

To know how to put your condom correctly, please check the user guide.

Let us not forget also the other method of protection against STIs : the female condom, known as effective as male condoms (close to 99%).

Source: Sexual Health Vol. 9 No. 1 Pages 10 – 17, Published 17 February 2012 Condom effectiveness: where are we now?, Université d’Indiana Condom-use errors and problems: A decade of research by The Kinsey Institute Condom Use Research Team