A condom or a “preservative” is a contraceptive with the widespread use, almost on a planetary level. Besides protecting against unwanted pregnancy, it has a major role in preventing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. But, although today they are available almost everywhere, many people still believe in some myths about these “rubber protectors”.
* Putting a lubricant on the condom will prevent its cracking
The Truth: Lubricants based on oil and silicon can actually damage the condom; so, the best option is to try avoiding this practice in any case..
* Condom protects against all sexually transmitted diseases
The Truth: Condoms in most cases do help, but not always provide full protection; especially if spoken about genital herpes, HPV, syphilis, and pediculosis pubis or pubic lice. The condom does not offer sufficient protection as well against herpes type 2, or genital herpes, nor against herpes type 1, or oral herpes. It has recently been found that this type of herpes can be transmitted through a sexual intercourse. It can happen that a person is infected for years suffers without any visible symptoms of the disease. Such person is often not aware of his/her disease and can easily transmit, or spread the disease.
* If you are allergic to latex, you can not use condoms
The Truth: It might be right, but only partially… You can still use condoms made of polyurethane and polyisoprene. In this case, you will even have better experience, because these products are super thin and extra sensitive.
* It is OK to keep condoms in the wallet
The Truth: Keeping a package of condoms in the wallet for a long period of time can damage the material. No matter how high the production standards are being used, there is practically no condom which could withstand strong or long term stresses. In this case, small holes (sometimes – invisible) can appear.
*Using a pair of condoms simultaneously doubles the protection
The Truth: The use of two condoms (one upon another) at the same time, actually reduces the protection, because it creates more friction and thus increasing the possibility of ripping the condom(s). So, it’s not a very clever idea…