Despite the fact that a majority of people will have sex at some point in their life, there's still so many misconceptions about condom facts floating around. It's as if society got together and said, "Hey, let's all pass around the same false information about contraception, what could go wrong?" Well, as it turns out, a lot could go F'in wrong — STDs and unwanted pregnancies — just to name a few. If you're sexually active, there's no reason to believe some of the BS you've heard about condoms throughout your life, point blank.
Eventually, you have to stop blaming the failed education system that pushed an "abstinence-only" agenda on you. The Internet is vast and full of knowledge, use it. Because we're such huge advocates of safe, consensual sex. We decided to dispel some of these condom myths for you! In the video above, you'll find some WTF condom facts to get the ball rolling. Below, we address the sh*t you need to stop believing — before you end up with herpes. We're just kidding, mostly. Not to stigmatize herpes, but, yeah, you don't want herpes, OK?
They Don't Expire
That condom that's been in your wallet since 2002 is not OK use, we promise. Latex condoms have a shelf life of about five years, sources say. Latex condoms that have spermicide have an even shorter shelf life of three years. The expiration date and date of manufacturing are always printed somewhere on the packaging (it differs for each brand). Take a split second to double check, you won't regret it.
They Are 100% Effective In Preventing STDs
Alright, we know this one is a bit frightening, but it needs to be addresses. Condoms are the most effective way to prevent STDs, but there are no guarantees. For example, if someone has a herpes outbreak and the sores are located on the body outside of what the condom is covering, you can still contract herpes.
You Don't Need To Wear One In Water
LOL, this one is basically the leading condom folklore of teenagers all over the world. People, water doesn't kill STDs, nor does it kill sperm. You can both impregnate and give someone an STD in a jacuzzi, pool, ocean, puddle, etc., we promise. This is irrefutable fact.
You Don't Need To Wear One If A Female Is Menstruating
We could have ignored this BS, but we're all adults right? People have sex when a woman is on her period — there, we said it. Similar to water, menstruation doesn't prevent against STDs. While the chances of impregnating a woman when she's on her period are low, they aren't impossible.
They Don't Break Easily
A lot of men will throw out arguments like, "What's the point of wearing a condom? It's just going to break." Eh, that's not really a solid argument, if you ask us. Yes, condoms can break, but it's not as easy as some people perceive. If you use a condom properly (and it's the right size) everything should be honkey-dorey. Furthermore, only use a water-based lubricant. Anything else will break down the material.
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