What are condoms?
Condoms are latex sheaths that are worn on the penis when having sex in order to prevent pregnancy and protect oneself from sexually transmitted diseases.
Instructions for use:
A condom must be put on the penis when it is fully erect before penetration, especially because it is possible that secretions containing sperm and organisms come out of the penis before ejaculating and these can transmit diseases. A new condom must be used each time you have sex.
Lubricants and condoms
Condoms are a very good way to prevent pregnancy and one of the best forms against contracting sexually transmitted diseases. However, they must be used in such a way that they do not break during sexual intercourse: if natural lubrication is not sufficient, as is the case for anal penetration and in cases of vaginal dryness, friction against the penis can cause it to break. In these situations, using an appropriate lubricant can resolve the problem. However, not every lubricant can be used with condoms: Vaseline, moisturising cream and other creamy cosmetic products actually increase the risk of the condom breaking. Lubricants that contain fats must not be used either, and lubricants that contain other fatty products and oils weaken the latex; some studies have shown that these substances reduce the resistance of the latex by up to 90%. Only soluble gel lubricants can be used with condoms therefore you need to choose products that say they are ‘water soluble’ or made from ‘water based gel’.