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10 Reasons To Use Condoms

January 18, 2016 / no comments, on Safe Sex

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At present, the United States is number 1 when it comes to sexually transmitted diseases and infections (STDs & STIs). Figuring out why isn’t difficult. Some people will say this is because teens are having more sex than ever (false: teens today have less sex than teens a generation ago did, as well as the generation before them), or because people are having sex outside of marriage which doesn’t accurately describe risk. The main reason for this alarming statistic is that young people, 15-25, are not using condoms or not using them correctly. When used consistently and correctly, condoms reduce the risk of infection by upwards of 90%. Below are 10 reasons why using a condom is not only a good thing, but also an educated choice.

#1

It can help partners become closer and can increase intimacy. Using a condom shows your partner that you care about their health and well-being. It shows a shared commitment to one another other, not only to protecting yourself, but your partner as well, and that enriches a bond.

#2

Not using a condom makes you uncool. Folks interested in engaging in activities ‘in the raw’ garner less respect from their peers, and they’re, generally, seen as irresponsible. People who are sexually active actually like partners who use condoms.

#3

Eventually, you are going to have to use one. Either that, or accept that you are playing Russian roulette with your health. 1 in 2 people will contract an STD by the age of 25. The more partners you have without using barriers, the more likely you are to be part of that statistic.

#4

Pay it forward. Be selfless; give others the benefit of safer sex. This can rub off on your partners (pun not intended), the next time they are in a sexual situation, because they will remember how someone else looked out for their well-being. Then, they’ll be encouraged to do the same.

#5

They feel great. Let’s be honest, unless you have a specific latex allergy, using a condom can feel wonderful. There is a condom for every person, preference, shape, and size. It just takes a bit of exploration to determine what you prefer. While the feeling with a condom may be slightly different than without, the pleasure derived from sex can still be just as enjoyable – even more so when your level of intimacy increases, because you are taking someone’s health and welfare into consideration.

#6

They make you look at and appreciate your overall sexual health and sexuality. Condoms give you a sense of power and control when used. They say, “I care about my health, and yours,” which is sexy and can boost your confidence.

#7

Condoms show other people that you have the maturity to have sex responsibly – people who normally would tell you that you are not ready for sex, or that you don’t understand that sex can have consequences. Using condoms shows that you understand that having sex can have lifelong consequences.

#8

For men, it shows that you are better than all of those statistics that you’ve heard. Guys actually care about women beyond just the casual sexual encounter.

#9

Choosing not to be assertive about your sexual health really isn’t sexy. Take control of the situation, don’t just get into bed and take the risk. The benefits of a sexual encounter are far reaching, and the consequences can be equally as far reaching. Show your partner that you understand those things, and you are willing to wait until you have a condom and are in control of the situation.

#10

You love yourself. Stand up for your own health. While a relationship may change over time, your love for yourself will not. Love your body and be proud of it.

Safer sex is defined as a group of practices, and one of those practices includes using condoms consistently and correctly to help mitigate risks associated with sexual intercourse. Public health agencies agree that new partners, up to 6 months together, should always use condoms for all vaginal, anal, and oral intercourse. The reason for the 6 month window is that not all STDs will show up right away with testing. After that 6 month window, if mutually exclusive, both partners can accurately be tested for STDs and decide whether or not to continue to use condoms. Those proactive decisions are part of being sexually responsible, and sexual responsibility is the new sexy.

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