D e according to the last study carried out in 2018, in Spain the use of condoms is still the most used contraceptive method, followed by the pill. Both have established themselves as the most practical and the most trustworthy in the sexually active population.

Despite this, official data register an increase in Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) in the last fifteen years. According to a report by the Ministry of Health in conjunction with the Carlos III Health Institute, diseases such as gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia are the most frequent.

Likewise, genital herpes or human papillomavirus (HPV) also have a sustained incidence over the past three decades. The young population aged 15-54 years is the most exposed risk group.

According to estimates by the Spanish Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (AEDV), this age group represents half of the cases diagnosed in Spain. He also says that one in four teenagers will contract a sexually transmitted infection before completing high school.

Clearly, using safe birth control is important, but using it correctly is even more important.

The condom is an efficient contraceptive method, but it requires the correct use for it to work. Otherwise, we run the risk of having an unwanted pregnancy. For this reason, we have made a list of the most common mistakes men make when using condoms.

Regardless of the intensity of the moment, we must keep in mind that the condom must be opened gently so as not to tear it or, worse, break it. Needless to say, it is wrong to break it with your teeth or use scissors, as we can cause irreversible damage. Now what are the most common mistakes when using condoms?

Use an expired product. Just as you wouldn’t eat an expired food, you shouldn’t use an expired condom. The reason is very simple: condoms lose strength over time. Thus, latex dries out over time, and if we use it in this condition, we are exposing ourselves to breakage and, worse, to contract an STI (sexually transmitted infection) or an unwanted pregnancy.

An expired condom can also cause irritation or discomfort in the intimate area of ​​both men and women.
Wash condoms to reuse them. It sounds incredible, but this practice is very widespread. This action is dangerous, as the condom is already weakened and will not fully fulfill its protective function. It can break at any time. Therefore, once used, it is just a matter of discarding it. Let’s remember that prevention is better than cure.

Use double condoms. Some men mistakenly think that using two condoms at the same time is safer and reduces the risk of breakage. False. Using a double condom can cause friction and breakage. Therefore, we should only use one, and be careful when opening it, because if we use sharp objects we can break it.

Late use. Sometimes we usually start penetration and after a few minutes we put on the condom. This use does not make sense, as one of the functions of condoms is to protect us from STDs. Also, one drop of semen is enough for a woman to become pregnant.

err on the side. It is another of the most common mistakes. A considerable percentage of men report that they have already put on the condom and then, upon realizing it was incorrectly placed, turned it over and continued to use it. This is wrong, as the remnants of precum can remain and make your partner pregnant. So, if you made a mistake, the right thing is to throw away that condom and put on another one.