Here’s what a condom is: a thin piece of rubber that goes over a man’s penis and protects against pregnancy and contracting STDs and STIs. Condoms are a method of safe sex, actually, the only method of safe sex that simultaneously prevents pregnancies and spreading infections. Condoms are super popular and probably one of the first things that pop into your head when you think about sex. This is why it makes zero sense that there are so many crazy condom myths out there.
If you’re having sex, you should know all of the facts about condoms. But unfortunately, a lot of people don’t know these important facts. Believing the ridiculous myths about condoms that are out there can only hurt you and make you less protected if a condom breaks, so understanding what’s right or wrong is very worth it. Also, you can go around proving people wrong all the time, which is always fun. Here are 10 crazy condom myths that are not true at all.
They Are 100 Percent Effective In Protecting PregnancyA lot of people think that condoms are 100 percent effective in preventing pregnancy but unfortunately, that's not true. Statistically, about 98 out of 100 women will not pregnant when using a condom correctly, but when used incorrectly, those odds obviously change. People can still get pregnant when using condoms because there is always a chance the condom could break or something else could happen. This is why it's a good idea to have a backup method of birth control, like the Pill or a diaphragm. Source: ShutterStock
Sex Doesn't Feel As Good When Wearing ThemFor some reason, a lot of people believe that sex doesn't feel as good when they wear condoms. This is ridiculous. A study even proved that wrong! Condoms might make sex feel a little bit different, but it's not a huge thing - and they definitely shouldn't be making you numb or anything like that. Trust us, sex can still feel great with condoms. And it will be even better because you don't have to worry about the consequences of unsafe sex! Source; ShutterStock
Having Condoms Means You're A SlutA few months ago, Boston College said that they felt that giving out free condoms encouraged students to have more sex. Unfortunately, they're not the first people to feel that way. Let's be clear: having condoms doesn't ever make you a slut. It's not a bad thing. It's a way to have safe sex, which is only a GOOD thing. Not having condoms only hurts you... don't let these ridiculous negative connotations stop you from being responsible. Source: ShutterStock
Dudes Are Responsible For Having CondomsAnother misconception is that guys are the ones who should have condoms on them all the time. That's ridiculous! There is absolutely nothing wrong with a girl taking control of the situation and having a condom on her. That only makes you more responsible and mature, in my opinion. Don't rely on dudes to bring the protection - make sure you have yourself covered. Source: ShutterStock
If You're Allergic To Latex, You Can't Wear CondomsYes, it's totally possible to be allergic to latex. But that doesn't mean you're in for a life of unprotected sex! There are condoms out there made of polyurethane and they work just as well. Source: ShutterStock
Condoms Break Really EasilyIf you're using a condom correctly and not doing things like biting it like this weirdo, your condom should not break easily. Using it correctly means storing it in the right place - don't trust a condom that has been in a dude's pocket or wallet for weeks. Be careful when putting them on. Don't use it if it's expired. Read this and follow the instructions. If you do this stuff, you're in the clear. Source: ShutterStock
It's Fine To Use Any Lube Or Lotion With ThemIf you want to use lube or lotion while also using a condom, make sure you use one that was made to be used with the condom (you can also buy condoms with lube on them already). Most lotions have oils in them that can break down latex and thus make the condom ineffective. Source: ShutterStock
You Don't Need To Use Condoms For Oral SexHaving oral sex and not intercourse doesn't mean you're safe from STDs and STIs. You can still contact them from mouth-to-genital contact. Using condoms is the only way to prevent that from happening. Source: ShutterStock
Larger Penises Need Bigger CondomsThe truth is, there is very little evidence stating that extra large condoms work better than regular sized condoms. Most of the time, companies use that terminology to make guys feel better about themselves. Think about it: a dude buys Magnums, girls think he's big down there. It's a clever marketing ploy. Condoms stretch and should fit every size.
Wearing Two Condoms Is Better Than OneI've heard dudes say they need to "double-bag it" with certain girls. First of all, ew. Second of all, they're stupid. Using two condoms at the same time is actually a terrible idea. The friction between the latex of both condoms can easily create holes, leaving the possibility of getting pregnant wide open. Source: ShutterStock
Have you ever heard these myths about condoms? Did you think any of them were true? What did we forget? Tell me in the comments.