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How do I properly use a condom to maximize protection from Sexually Transmitted Diseases?

By June 6, 2014 - 11:43am
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I am 46 and single, dating and sexually active. Using a condom used to be about preventing pregnancy, but these days I'm more concerned with protecting myself from getting an STD. Most of the discussions on condom usage focus on vaginal intercourse once the man is excited enough to put the condom on, but what about leading up to that point?

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Condoms are a great way to prevent sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Since STDs can be transmitted by vaginal, oral or anal sex, to be safe, a condom should be used with all of these. Most condom failures are not due to breakage but rather from not putting them on correctly. When the male is erect, put the condom on the head of the penis, squeeze out the air and then roll it all the way down. After the male ejaculates, he should hold on to the base of the condom and pull out with the condom still on. Remember, you can't reuse a condom. Here is a song I wrote to help you remember these steps. It's called Wrap That Rascal. Click Here to listen http://www.doctorseibel.com/wp-content/uploads/09-Wrap-That-Rascal-how-to-apply-condoms.mp3
Mache Seibel, MD

June 6, 2014 - 7:29pm

Hello Sharon Kay,

Your partner must wait until he has achieved an erection before he can put on a condom. He needs to choice the right size. He puts in on the head of the penis and roll the condom all the way up.

Application of a condom is the same, whether the goal is to prevent an unwanted pregnancy or protect oneself from a sexually transmitted disease.


June 6, 2014 - 4:46pm
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