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Safer sex during Carnaval

Carnaval is about to start here in Brazil, and we at Mais Saúde want you to have a fun as well as a healthy Carnaval. So today we are offering a few ideas about how to make “safer sex” even safer. Even if you consider yourself an experienced condom user, there might be a couple tricks you don’t know, and even one little change might prevent a broken condom.

Safer sex includes a number of practices such as: limiting the number of sexual partners, knowing your own HIV status, inquiring potential partners about STI (sexual transmissible infections), and not losing control of safer sex practices under the influence of drugs or alcohol.  The cornerstone of safer sex is avoiding body fluid exchange.

Condoms are the number one way to prevent body fluid exchange, but they are not perfect nor foolproof. Sometimes they fail. Surveys of sexually active college students have shown that about 30% of them reported at least one broken condom in the last few months.

Most condom breaks are from human error, not a defective condom, so here are some points to consider:

1. One is right.

Some people think if one condom is good, two are better, but the opposite it true: using two condoms is more risky! If you use two condoms, they are more likely to break because of the friction between the two. Use only one condom at a time, and don’t try to re-use a condom that has been partially used. Use a fresh condom each time.

2. Squeeze the tip.

When the condom goes over the tip of the penis, squeeze the last centimeter of the tip of the condom (the reservoir tip end) between your fingers to get the air out. You want the tip slightly loose. This way the tip will have room to accommodate the ejaculate.

3. Enough lube.

Many men find more comfort if they put a drop or two of lubricant on the inside of the condom before putting it on. Most important is plenty of lube on the outside. Especially if having anal sex, you need to add enough for easy gliding, as the anus does not lubricate itself. Buy the most convenient lube dispenser you can find, and keep it close and add additional lube as needed. Only use water-based lubricants, and many people find that the new silicone lubes are superior, and worth the extra expense.

4. Storing, opening, and blowing on the condom.

Always check the expiration date. Storing a condom in a car or wallet are not recommended. Leaving the condom anyplace hot (like inside a car) will weaken the rubber, and wallet storage may damage the package or the condom itself.

Do the “pillow test” before you open the package: squeeze it to make sure there is still a little air in the package so you can see it’s intact. When opening the package, use your fingers, not your teeth or anything sharp. Check to make sure which direction to unroll the condom, and if it’s inside out, blow on it to turn it around. Finally, remove the condom soon after ejaculating and securely holding onto the base of it to avoid any spillage.

Should you wish to find a doctor, of any specialty, anywhere in Brazil, use our main website: www.procuramed.com.

Condom Use (Avert.org)

Avoiding Condom Breakage (in English)

Read also in ProcuraMed:

*The most effective “emergency contraceptive” is the IUD

*Testosterone levels increase in men who lose weight

 

 

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