The pill isn't enough
Remember: The pill offers no protection against sexually transmitted infections.
“STIs, like chlamydia, are common and can affect even serially monogamous people,” says GP and author of Pandora’s Box, Dr Cindy Pan. “There is no such thing as completely safe sex, but condoms do make it safer.”
Consider “doubling up”
“Condoms always provide at least some protection against unwanted pregnancy and STIs, but it’s important to be aware that nothing is ever 100 percent,” says Dr. Pan.
“If you definitely don’t want to get pregnant, using more than one form of protection might be preferable.”
Remember that there’s more than one type out there in the market. Try ultra-thin condoms if your guy doesn’t like the feel of latex, or thicker condoms if he finishes too early. A decrease in sensation may help him last longer, so everyone wins!
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Always be prepared
Skipping protection just because you don’t feel like making a late-night dash to the convenience store is a definite no-no. If there’s a chance you might take it to the bedroom later, keep some condoms in your bag or by your bed so they’re ready when you need them.
Check before using
Take time to actually read the instructions that come with a box of condoms. Some hints: Always check the expiry date. Squeeze the tip to expel any trapped air, which can make it susceptible to breakage.
After he’s done, get him to slowly withdraw his penis while holding onto the rim of the condom to avoid leakage. Finally, wrap it in tissues and bin it – do not flush it.
Lube is always a good idea
Not only does water-based lubricant help increase sensation (for both of you!), it also lessens the chances of the condom being damaged by friction.
Don't be stingy
You might need more than one condom during sex. “It’s important to use a new one every time,” says Dr Pan. Also be sure to grab a fresh condom every time you swap from vaginal to oral sex.
Get him to wear a condom before any sexual contact. “Putting it on too late is a really big issue because of pre-ejaculatory fluid,” says Dr Pan. The fluid can contain sperm or pass on STIs.
Don't panic if it breaks
If the condom breaks, go to your GP asap. They’ll discuss STI tests and your emergency contraception options.