Condoms are currently the only contraception in the world that can be used by men. It’s also a contraceptive method that can prevent the spread of infections or viruses between the penis and the vagina or anus. Even for women taking an oral contraceptive, or with intra-cervical contraceptive devices, using a condom is the best method to avoid catching or transmitting an STI. Let’s learn a bit about how to use condoms correctly, and ensure a safer sex life.
A Tool to Prevent Pregnancy or the Spread of STI’s
✔️ Contraceptive Effect
- Success Rate
- Condoms when used correctly 97%
- When used in reality 86%
- Cheap price and easy to buy
- Can prevent the spread of STI’s like Herpes, Hepatitis B, HIV, and Gonorrhea
- Proof that the semen was contained can provide peace of mind for women
- Because it’s worn by men there needs to be trust between both parties for purchase, preparation and use.
- Some think that it can reduce pleasure
- Because it also block any precum you might need to use lube for extra lubrication.
✔️ Buying Condoms
You can by condoms easily from a variety of places, like the pharmacy, convenience stores, vending machines, shopping centres or online stores.
- How Much?
In Korea the best selling condom brands include Okamoto, Ausung and Playboy. The representative product from each of these brands are sold on online marketplaces for;
- Okamoto 0.03 Realfit : 20pack 18,000원, 900원 each
- Ausung Slim Ultra-thin : 30pack 19,800원, around 666원 each
- Playboy Ultra-thin : 20pack 11,800원, 590원 each
✔️ Using Condoms
0. Make sure to put a condom on before the penis touches the partners genitals.
1. Take care when opening the condom packaging.
1-1. Double check that the condom is put on in the right direction.
2. Put the condom on the head of the erect penis.
3. Press on the end of the condom to remove any air.
4. Roll the condom down to the base of the penis.
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5. After ejaculation hold the end of the condom at the base and withdraw the penis.
6. Tie up the opening of the condom to prevent any semen from coming out, wrap the condom in tissue and put it in the bin.
✔️ Quick Questions about Condoms
- How long do condoms last?
If condoms are sealed and stored in a dry place out of direct sunlight the should last for up to five years.
However, condoms left in wallets or pockets for more than a month are likely to get damaged. If they are damaged then they shouldn’t be used.
- Can teenagers buy condoms?
There is no age limit for purchasing condoms. While access to condoms is sometimes difficult they can be purchased by anyone around the world. The only country that outright bans the sale of condoms is North Korea. In South Korea the sale of specialty condoms, such as ribbed or spiked, is regulated to adults only. In some countries the seller may refuse to sell to teenagers based on religious or moral beliefs.
If social or financial pressure makes it difficult to buy condoms at a store, you may be able to purchase them online, at vending machine, or receive them for free from a local youth or reproductive health centre. Under no circumstances should other materials, like plastic wrap or a plastic bag be used instead.
- How about duel-method contraception?
If you want to be 100% confident you can try duel-method contraception. You can combine the oral contraceptive pill and condoms, or condoms and an inter-uterine device to increase you’re protection from both unwanted pregnancy and STI’s.
- What is stealthing?
Damaging or removing contraception during a sexual relationship without the partners permission is called stealthing. Countries around the world are beginning to recognise and prepare legal sanctions against stealthing as criminal sexual behaviour, but it is still not well understood within society. In many countries it is very difficult to punish someone for stealthing even if it has resulted in unwanted pregnancy or an STI.
- Condoms can prevent unwanted pregnancy and the spread of STI’s.
- Condoms can be purchased by anyone, from a variety of places.
- Learn how to use condoms correctly and enjoy sex responsibly.