Sunday, May 15, 2011

Condom Safety

We are asked a lot of different questions regarding the do's and don'ts of condoms, so we thought it might be a good idea to post these questions and answer them the best we can.

Condoms can be very effective in protecting you from pregnancy, std's, and sti's (sexually transmitted disease and infections), but in order to maximize their protection, they have to be used properly.

One of the most important things to remember is that a condom must be comfortable, and roll all the way down. If you're not covered, you are at an increased risk for transmission of disease and infection. If the condom is too tight, it can break, and if it is too loose, it can slip off.

Every condom Wow Condoms sells has the dimensions posted next to it so you will know whether or not it will fit. We strongly suggest finding the right size, then ordering a sampler pack of as many condoms in that size to find the ones you like best.

Will condoms work under water?
I would be very, very careful trying this, and in fact, I would probably not try it at all. The chance that water will get into the condom is very good, and it will inevitably slide off. If you are going to try it, the condom has to be applied prior to going under water. If the condom is so tight that water isn't getting in, it may be too small, and could break. Also, if the condoms contains a water based lube, it will wash away. A silicone lube would last longer, but make sure it is compatible with the condom. Could a condom be effective under water? Yes. But just be very careful!!

Is it safe to use expired condoms?
NO! They put an expiration date on them for good reason. Most condoms have a shelf life of about 5 years, and condoms with spermicide have a shelf life of about 3 years. Remember, this is your body, and your life. 3-5 years is a long time for a condom to be out there in the world, possibly among sharp objects, stuffed in a drawer, exposed to heat and/or cold, crumpled up, or in a wallet. Condoms should be stored in a cool dry place where they won't be subject to wear and tear, before the tear and wear. Think about it this way too: Why would you put yourself and your partner at risk when condoms are so readily available from free to maybe a dollar each?? Throw out the old condoms and order some new ones! They are inexpensive and they save lives!!

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