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Common problems with condoms

Allergy

If you notice irritation, redness or itching after using a condom, you may wonder if you are allergic to the condom. In fact, allergy to rubber (latex) condoms is very unusual, but it would be sensible to switch to a polyurethane type such as Durex Avanti. There have been no reports of allergic responses to the polyurethane material.

In fact, irritation is more likely to be due to nonoxynol 9 or nonoxynol 11, a spermicide (i.e. it kills sperm) that is an ingredient of some lubricated condoms (but this is becoming less commonly used). So try avoiding condoms that are labelled 'spermicidally lubricated'.
 
Another possible cause of irritation is too much friction, so use extra lubrication. Put some of the lubricant inside the top of the condom so that it covers the surface of the penis as you roll the condom on.

Putting it on and taking it off

Condom manufacturers never mention this problem in their leaflets. They simply tell you to unroll it onto the hard, erect penis, and preferably to pinch the teat or closed end to keep it empty at the same time. To do this properly, you need three hands or the assistance of a cooperative partner. It is no wonder that a survey conducted by the University of Sydney, Australia – which asked men about what really happened when they used condoms – found that two-thirds of them sometimes or often lost their erection while trying to put the condom on, so it was then impossible to put it on properly. Many disliked using a condom because it drew attention to this wilting problem (Reproductive Health Matters 1994;3:55–62).
 
The researchers suggest that, to make things easier for yourself, you should not try to pinch the teat at the end of the condom as you put it on. They found that pinching the teat makes no difference to the likelihood of the condom breaking or slipping off during intercourse. Latex condoms are designed to stretch enormously, so there is no reason why the presence of 1 ml or so of air in addition to 3–5 ml of semen should 'burst' the condom. They also suggest that instead of rolling the condom on, as recommended by the manufacturers, you could try pulling it on like a sock with your thumbs or fingers inside. Using this method, you can put it on securely even if your penis is not fully rigid. Obviously you have to be careful not to damage it with your nails. In their study, the researchers found that people who used this method had less chance of the condom slipping off or breaking.
 
If the condom does not reach the base of your penis or is difficult to roll down, then it is probably inside out. Take it off and try again with another one.

Slipping off

If you find a condom slips off, you probably assume it is too large for you. In fact, it is probably too small. If the condom is too tight you probably aren't unrolling it fully down the penis. This means that, during intercourse, the ring at the base of the condom is entering your partner's vagina, where it can be dragged off. If the condom is the right size, the ring will be right at the base of your penis, and will remain outside the vagina during sex.
 
If you have difficulty putting the condom on properly try the 'pull-on' method (see above). Finding the right size may be a matter of trial and error, because only a few manufacturers clearly show the length and width on the pack. The consumer magazine Which? measured various brands; the lengths varied from 168 to 191 mm, and the circumference from 98 to 111 mm. The other problem is that most men don't really know how the size of their erect penis compares with other men, so are unsure whether they need a large condom or not. And most men only consider length whereas, just like short fat legs in stockings, a short fat penis also needs a large condom.
 
After ejaculation, when the penis quickly becomes limp, the condom can easily slip off, spilling sperm into your partner's vagina. At this stage, you must hold the condom firmly round the penis so that it remains in place until you have withdrawn.

Splitting or breaking

Research has shown that condom breakage is not a myth – it can happen.
 
How commonly do condoms split?
  • A few surveys have tried to find out how often condoms split, but have given wildly differing results. Here are some figures.
  • The University of Sydney, Australia, ran a study of condom breakage in three brothels. They supplied the fresh condoms, together with forms to fill in if there was an accident and little plastic bags to put the torn condoms in so the researchers could analyse in the laboratory how and why they tore. Of the 1,269 condoms the sex workers used, only 6 were broken. Next, they did a survey of ordinary men, and found that their breakage rates were far higher – about 7%, including breakages while putting the condoms on (Lancet 1989; :1487–88)
  • A USA study asked 92 couples to keep a sex diary, totalling 4,637 condom usages. Six condoms split while being put on, and 13 split during sex – a total breakage rate of 0.41% (Contraception 1997;56:3–12)
  • French researchers did a telephone survey of 20,000 people, asking about condom breakages. The breakage rate seemed to be 3.4% (American Journal of Public Health 1997;87:421–4)
  • A US survey found a breakage rate of 3.1%, The chance of breakage decreased with experience in using condoms (Sexually Transmitted Diseases 2005;32:35–43)

Why condoms split
Damage
from ripping the packet open with teeth, scissors, knives or pencils is a common cause of tears.

Inexperience. Practice with condoms makes perfect, which is probably why, in the University of Australia study, the sex workers had the lowest breakage rate. The study also found that men were most likely to break condoms if they didn’t use condoms often, and if they rolled the condom on rather than pulled it on.

Lack of lubrication may be another reason for breakage. Prostitutes tend to use additional lubrication, which may be another reason for their lower breakage rate.

Penis size is a possible factor. Condom manufacturers say that condoms are designed to stretch enormously, so a large penis should not make a condom more likely to break. However, a study from Australia suggests that you are more likely to break a condom if you have a thick penis, but length of the penis does not make any difference (International Journal of Sexually Transmitted Disease and AIDS 1998;9:444–7).
 
What to do if a condom slips or breaks
  • If a condom slips off during intercourse, or if it breaks, the woman should visit her doctor or a family planning clinic as soon as possible for emergency contraception.
  • Emergency contraception – used to be called the morning-after pill.
  • Emergency contraception prevents pregnancy after intercourse has occurred - so it is a back-up if another method fails (such as when a condom breaks or slips off, or you forget a pill)
  • In fact it can be taken up to 72 hours after intercourse – not just on the morning after, but the earlier the better
  • The main side-effect is nausea (in 50%) and vomiting (in 20%)
  • It usually consists of a single dose, or two smaller doses taken 12 hours apart
  • In the UK (not in Ireland), you can buy it from a chemist for about £20, but only if you are aged 16 or above. It can only be given to you by a trained pharmacist, who will try to check that you are 16 or over. You cannot simply pick it up from the shelf
  • You can also obtain it from your doctor, from a family planning clinic or from an NHS walk-in centre (see Useful contacts). If you are a college student, your college website may give advice about getting emergency contraception from the Student Health Centre. As a last resort, you could try your Accident and Emergency (casualty) department
  • The next period is unpredictable – it might be earlier or later than usual
  • Emergency contraception doesn't always work, so if your next period is late you might be pregnant. Have a pregnancy test to check

Written by: Dr Margaret Stearn
Edited by: Dr Margaret Stearn
Last updated: Wednesday, May 4th 2011

 


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Posted by Optional on 12/11/2014 at 06:57

What is the likelyhood of getting pregnant if after intercourse you don't pull out straight away and then when you do the condom slips off a bit but the tip of the penis is still covered with the condom ?

Posted by Optional on 02/11/2014 at 08:08

I used a condom with my girlfriend the other night and when putting it on it was a bit tight but we managed to roll it all the way down. I felt fine while we were having sex, and realized I was lasting a far longer time. Realized I lasted longer because the condom was cutting off some circulation, and the base had left a small indentation in the skin. How long is it safe to have circulation hampered? I like that I was able to last longer and please my girlfriend more, but don't want to cause any injury or issue to my penis. Is there a certain time frame where damage will begin to occur?

Posted by Nicole on 11/09/2014 at 09:44

Im getting a little worried because I had protected sex over a week ago, and afterwards realized that the tip of the condom broke off inside me. Since then. I have been having sharp pain in my lower abdomen, and my stomach has been really bloated. I am extremely concerned. I hope that I am not pregnant. Luckily, I have been using drugs & have not had my period in over 6months, so hopefully that works in my favor. As for having a broken piece of condom, stuck in my vagina, I am extremely stressed out. I just wanted to see if anyone had any suggestions as to what I should do. I tried stickin my fingers up inside me to see if I could find the brpken piece of condom but I havent had any luck :( I was going to go over to the ER, but im too embarrassed. Is it true that the broken piece of condom will come out on its own over time? ... can it cause an infection?

Posted by Lugo on 06/06/2014 at 03:55

Honestly I feel there's a MAJOR Misconception that A condom Will Stretch to fit all sizes. Yes u can stretch a Condom over a large steel pipe (as they do in testing)But a Large penis is not made of steel.The more you stretch it the tighter it is. My Penis is Roughly 7.8-8 Inches and 5.6 Around, The Common Condom size is 160 mm(6.3 ") and 50mm(1.9") width im forced to buy these as i haven't found bigger ones where i live. First i have to struggle to fit the condom on, just last night i 'chaffed' my F**king Penis trying to fit the bastard on. After u finally stretch it over the head and struggle to roll it down the shaft( and i mean struggle) ,The next battle is maintaining a hard erection. This is my penis Before condom = / , this is it after condom = ) .I lose alot of my hardness,because the base ring is to tight its kinda like if a put a rubber band on your bicep, yea sure it's 'stretched' to your bicep but it still cutting of some circulation. I couldn't even Cum, Because i hard to work so hard just to maintain a decent erection, I've had sex 3 times now, each time i used protection because it is your life and penis which are very important. I'm going to buy some larger ones online. But just wanted to address the misconception that One size Does not fit all when it comes to condoms.Also having a big dick has it's own set of problems im really glad i dont have a 10 inch wang lol

Posted by Stressedasianguy on 17/03/2014 at 01:20

Had sex with a commercial sex worker and haad a condom on the whole time. I made sure the ring was at the base of my penis the whole time. However,after ejaculation, I waited a while before retracting. By then, penis had become slightly limp and condom slips off (50% inside her), could see the other 50% hanging outside her vagina. Whats the chance of getting STI?

Posted by Brunette on 20/09/2013 at 01:35

Hi My boyfriend and I had sex last week.We used a condom and when he felt it coming he took it out .We soon discovered that the condom was on my clitoris and his thing you know was on the clitoris .When he picked up the condom there was also sperm there. Can I get pregnant ? as the condom didn't touch the vagina!!

Posted by lulu on 04/09/2013 at 10:38

i want to know if i went and get help after a week the accident of condom breaks. A m I too late to get help of unexpected pregnant? plz help of

Posted by Zhineitha on 23/08/2013 at 11:04

The tips on condoms are irritating and hurt.

Posted by Optional on 14/08/2013 at 08:15

Alright so I put a condom on for the first time to have sex and now my Pubic area is all itchy.. What could this be

Posted by unknown on 25/06/2013 at 07:46

I had sex for the first time with my boyfriend about a month ago i had forgotten that he put the condom backwards but we still did it. My period starts during this week but im scared i wont start my period . How possible os it for me to be pregnant? He said he didnt cum on me either ..

Posted by Optional on 14/06/2013 at 03:19

There all to big and I can't find any small enough. It makes me embarrassed and like the girls won't want to hsve a relationship if they found out its that small..

Posted by Optional on 15/04/2013 at 11:04

I was having sex with my boyfriend and as we were doing it the condom rolled up a little. He went in far enough so the whole condom was in my vagina but only near the base was it exposed. Could i be pregnant?

Posted by ...roll! on 12/04/2013 at 01:09

It is hard to role down and the ring is tight, I am 7" long and about 5-6" around are normal condoms going to fit me?

Posted by lainey on 08/04/2013 at 12:29

Hi I need a little help here. I had sex with my boyfriend he ejaculated and then pulled out (I knew something was wrong as he normally cuddles me before pulling out) anyway the condom had split so there was no sperm in the condom at all. I'm meant to be on my period on the 13 this month but I'm bleeding now and 48 hours after intercourse. We wernt expecting anything like this to happen yet I'm going abroad for the first time in July and me and my partner are planning for children in October. My mind has always said things cant always be planned nor do they happen how we plan. Anyway is there a possibility of me being pregnant?

Posted by BM on 29/03/2013 at 06:45

Hello, I had a Protected Intercourse with latex condom 2 times with a girl, 4 weeks (29 Days back). However 2nd time intercouse, lasted bit longer then first time, and while I was ejaculating, I found my condom, totally wet(probably with vaginal liquid). There was no slip off, and I removed the condom. Is there a possibility that vaginal liquid had entered and mixed with my semen liquid? This entire eposide has gripped my mind, and i had been actually tracking ARS Symtoms mentally. After 2nd week of exposure, I actually started feeling some dry cough, or may be coughing not required just to verify whether i have cough or not. It maybe due to cold or changing weather. I got a little fever 99.3 which lasted less than 1 day due to sore throat, which I was experiencing. Can 99.3 Fever be treated as ARS?I am going through lots of anxiety, and have scheduled an appointment with a doctor for RNA PSR test on 30th day. Can 30 day window period provide me accurate results?

Posted by Optional on 25/03/2013 at 06:14

Sir, I had used Expired Condom (malaysian imported skin love condom) during Mastrubation only not to intercourse any one. So pl tell me that any effect ??????

Posted by Optional on 20/03/2013 at 10:48

what happens if you use a gone off condom

Posted by AFRAID on 18/03/2013 at 03:23

Hi. About 10 days ago I had been with a female person that I only met first time and have no HIV history about her(yes,I agree I am the dum ass).I was using the brand name "rough rider" condoms if its of any help to my story. My first round,I didnot want to come cuz I wanted more enjoyment. So I rested a bit and my penis got soft with the condom on.she was playing with my penis with the condom while we kissed.When I felt myyself get hard,I entered into her but not realizing that the condom was like almost slippping off(but head was protected),so I got scared and tried to place the condom on again.The ring covered 80% of the penis lelength and the condom was creased in the centre. The tip had a bubble size say about 1cm diameter. I continued trhusting til I came. I withdrew myself from her when I felt I was coming. After that for a week my penis bag(sacks) area and around some parts of the head is iitching. I did see small white pimples on her vagina area and maybe its herpes. I'm using this cream called "viodor" for herpes. Itching has subsided a lot. I'm terrified if I got HIV cuz 1) if the ring covered only 80% but not 100%,could her vaginal fluids got into the condom? 2) The condom was creased in the centre upon trying to put it back on again,could the crease make the condom loose its tightness and allow her fluid to enter my penis tip? Please give me answers.help

Posted by Gracie on 17/03/2013 at 09:54

I'm a female and i have problems when my partner uses a condom.it hurts me,giving me a burning sensation inside of me and he's the type that doesn't cum quick. . .we are ok with sex without a condom but how can i reduce the risk of pregnancy since emergency contraceptive doesnt always work an wat do i do to the burning sensation i'm having.

Posted by Optional on 03/03/2013 at 10:59

i had sex this week for the first time in a while started using condom when i finished i have been having burning feeling and sometimes wanting to itch its been 2 days now i want to go clinic on monday what could this be.

Posted by Optional on 28/02/2013 at 07:12

Hi, Okay here we go I have never had a real problem with condoms breaking in past relationships but the guy I am with now we seem to have a problem with them braking and i was just wondering what could be causing it his is not really thick or long so i just do not understand...never had this prob before?

Posted by Optional on 22/02/2013 at 08:34

it was mine and my boyfriend's first time and he wore a condom. Only the tip of the penis went in because it hurt too much. But we finished we noticed that the condom had rolled up the penis again and was covering about 2 inches, am I PREGANANT?

Posted by fred on 25/12/2012 at 02:41

This says alot about condoms and i habe learnt load of it to day thanks

Posted by Vgiri on 15/12/2012 at 08:03

I had applied the condom on the wrong side.removed the same condom and applied properly there is a chance that there was precum in that condom what are the chances of her getting pregnant..please help

Posted by Gay Male on 15/10/2012 at 12:09

I've experienced this issue of losing erection when putting on the condom. I always thought there was something wrong with me mentally (I.E. that I was sexually un aroused) Now, after reading this topic, I am realizing that these things are normal, which is a relief because I swear, I thought I was having sexual performance issues due to keeping myself aroused once the condom is on and fighting to keep my erection upon intercourse with the condom on. Safe sex is the only sex in my opinion (THOUGH, I have had two or three close calls with hook ups). Good to know this.

Posted by flodi nnana on 12/10/2012 at 02:48

sir, my question is if i use a condom but it did not cover my whole penis but it cover the mouth of the my penis and stop half way. and i use it like that on my partner, will i contact sickness?

Posted by Optional on 16/09/2012 at 04:40

I wante to know about pins I am expiriencing, I have been using governmet condoms for about a month now.

Posted by confused on 04/09/2012 at 05:25

IM SORRY BUT HOW ON EARTH CAN YOU LOSE A CONDOM INSIDE YOU?????

Posted by Optional on 28/08/2012 at 02:03

I was having protected sex with my g/f and i came inside of her while i was wearing protection i checked the condom everything was in good condition and when i came out with the condom still on i checked the condom for spills or if i was broken but nothing like that happen and everything was there all my fluids and by the way my g/f is a in regular in her period and i am like freaking out that she might be prego ??

Posted by Sam on 21/08/2012 at 04:09

I was having sex and i ejaculated into the condom but i kept going to make sure i got all the semen out. when i pulled out i saw that semen covered my penis inside the condom and i was worried that semen had come all the way down the condom and out into her vagina. What should i do

Posted by big country on 27/04/2012 at 01:34

Hey I wear a xl magnum and it is really tight and will not go all the way to the base cuz of my thickness do y'all make a bigger condom its long enuff but the thickness anit fills like I got my d*** in a death grep and it sucks any ideas or know of a bigger condom

Posted by Optional on 23/04/2012 at 02:17

The condom ripped but I dont know when my boyfriend is a pre cum guy but he pulled out and jacked it before cumming could I be pregnant I was on my period

Posted by Optional on 21/03/2012 at 07:36

I once had sex with this guy. Whenever we stopped intercourse for foreplay, he took off the condom and then reused that same condom again when we resumed intercourse. Is that safe? It kinda freaked me out. And when asked he told me it was fine and everyone did that.

Posted by DanZee on 24/02/2012 at 05:38

ANSWERS: >>Having dry skin on my penis due to latex allergy<< There are now polypropylene condoms that have no latex in them. They work quite well and have a different feel. >>after having sex my cum cums up the condom and out of the ring<< You need to leave a larger gap at the head of the condom so it will contain your sperm. >>...the condom was dangling from my vagina!<< This happens frequently. The penis secretes pre-ejaculate during sex and can wet the inside of the condom causing it to come off the penis when it withdraws. You're usually OK as long as he didn't withdraw but then put it back in. Just pull the condom out carefully. You might also want to immediately wash yourself to get any sperm that spilled off your skin. >>can I catch aid's<< Does your boyfriend have AIDS? If he doesn't have AIDS, you won't catch AIDS. If he has AIDS, you might want to be extremely careful and perhaps use a female condom to protect yourself more fully. >>The rubber ring on the condom kinda strangles my penis and it kinda hurts.<< Try using a female condom. The feeling is similar but it won't be as constricting. They cost more, but it will be worth it. >> the semen was a redish color liquid<< Could be a urinary infection. Could be a sexually transmitted disease. Could be nothing. You might want to see a doctor. >>if the condom broke after he just came, but immediately after i went pee(female) does that still give me a high chance???<< Your pee comes out of your urethra, but you have sex in your vagina, (your urethra is below your clit but above your vagina) so peeing will not clean out your vagina. You can reduce your chance of pregnancy by immediately washing yourself and getting any sperm out. You still have a chance of getting pregnant. >>I had sex two days before my period came and the condom broke. I got my period as normal but I found part of the condom during my period.... should I be worried about pregnancy.<< Not about being pregnant. Most women are fertile 7-14 days after the start their period, with the 11-14 days being the highest chance of getting pregnant. Instead you should worry about getting an infection if pieces of the condom remain inside you. >>I took the morning after pill just to be on the safe side, (my period is) due on next week.<< The morning after pill will induce your period early, so it will change your cycle. Expect your next period earlier than usual. >>Everytime I have sex with a new guy the condom seams to break, this has happened 4 times. I think there's something wrong with my vagina.<< Your vagina is probably fine. It may be that that the excitement of a new relationship is causing both of you to get carried away too much. You do have to be a bit tame when using a condom to keep it from breaking or coming off. >>I tend to loose my erection whenever I use a condom during sex. Please help me how to tackle this problem. Is it psychological that i don't find pleasure using a condom or something else?<< Well, orgasms have both a physical and mental component. I can't speak to the psychological side, but condoms reduce the sensation greatly. Also if the condom is too tight, it can cut the blood supply diminishing your erection. You might want to do what they do in the porn movies by pulling out and finishing yourself off by masturbating or having your girlfriend masturbate you to orgasm. (You may find your girlfriend is turned on by seeing the orgasm and is also relieved because it decreases the risk of pregnancy.) >>My husband has lost about 45 pounds in the lsat year...I an wondering if this is part of the reason the condom keeps slipping off after we have (or perhaps during) sex.<< Penises don't have fat on them, so it's not that his penis is smaller by losing weight. But losing the weight may have improved his health and helped him become more excited, causing him to secrete more pre-ejaculate. >>can sperm slip trugh a condom without the condom breaking???<< If there is a minute tear in it, it's possible. >>When he pulled out there was no condom on his penis. He had to search with his fingers for the condom inside my vagina and he pulled it out. What caused this?<< 45 minutes is a long time. The penis secretes pre-ejaculate which is designed to help keep the vagina lubricated. All that moisture gets trapped in the condom and the condom can slip off while rubbing against the vaginal wall. Instead of having intercourse for 45 straight minutes, you might want to vary things a bit by having foreplay, perhaps mutual masturbation, or taking turns masturbating each other, and then reducing the actual intercourse to 5-10 minutes, or replacing the condom more frequently. >>I've seen enough porn to know that (my penis) is an average size<< I don't know what porn you're watching, but those guys in porn are HUGE. The reason is that their penises have to be long enough to enable a camera to get in there and show something. I would guess that you're on the large size.

Posted by sadmonk on 02/02/2012 at 05:12

um having dry skin on my penis due to latex allergy um usinga cream prescribed by doc but no results pls suggest cure as when i retract i get a tight band

Posted by isukatsx on 31/12/2011 at 01:34

not sure if this is normal but after having sex my cum cums up the condom and out of the ring. my penis is not small ive seen enough porn to know that it is an average size and my girlfreind is starting to get worried thats shes pregnet and i dont know what im doing wrong :/ or if its just normal i dont know

Posted by worried on 28/12/2011 at 04:51

Today when me & my boyfriend were having sex, i decided to ride him and in the middle of it, i moved up and realized that the condom was dangling from my vagina! I know he did cum insode the condom but when i touched his penis,it was all wet but my vagina hole wasnt, will i be okay??? I need answers quickly PLEASE):

Posted by sarah on 19/12/2011 at 05:49

My boyfriend & i use å condom since ever.he develop pimples after intercourse,but he never put his penis inside of me,so i dont understand why.i consulted & my dr. said there's no wat i cm infect him if im sick,course we we use å condom.please help me...

Posted by Optional on 18/12/2011 at 11:39

I have the same problem as a lot of people in here. The rubber ring on the condom kinda strangles my penis and it kinda hurts. My penis isn't that large, but a bit thick. I have tried larger condoms with the exact same problem.

Posted by Optional on 07/11/2011 at 03:52

Me and my Boyfriend had sex while I Wus on my period and we didn't had a condom so we decide to use a condom that we used before :( can I catch aid's??? Ned an answer

Posted by Optional on 07/10/2011 at 09:43

Only cause I don't have to show my name. I have a average size member BUT it is very, thick...Condums are a bit of a problem to use.These articles have helped me to understand (finally)What to use as for comdums..THANKS

Posted by Optional on 07/10/2011 at 06:53

Hey I was having sex with my girlfriend and we were using a condom and I came inside the condom and removed it and threw it in a bag. About a week later I found the condom and where the semen was it was a redish color liquid. (what does this mean HELP)

Posted by NTANDO on 18/09/2011 at 06:09

The condom slipped inside me during sex can it be possile that it is still remaining inside me?

Posted by scared on 02/08/2011 at 12:58

so my boyfriend sliped in without a condom but he went pee befor and then we used a condum and he cam inside it then he took if off went pee then we did it for like 5 minutes then it riped but he didnt cum am i pregnat? i need answers!!

Posted by Maddy on 18/06/2011 at 04:03

Hi Mam, I used durex red one it had latex in that.. after using i felt irritation and burning. I washed myself properly as well thrice and visit doctor, he gave me cream to apply 3 times in a day... i was very afraid please suggest is it normal

Posted by Reny on 13/04/2011 at 09:23

I had sex with my man a few weeks back and after he ejaculated the condom remained in me, and some sperms fell on the bed. I forgot to drink the morning-after pills, could I be pregnant?

Posted by Optional on 06/04/2011 at 01:28

if your having intercourse and u notice the condom broke after he just came, but itmedetly after i went pee(female) does that still give me a high chance???

Posted by Optional on 21/02/2011 at 09:08

what do i do if my condom is cutting the circulation in my penis and or causing pain?

Posted by Optional on 20/02/2011 at 01:44

i had massive problems with the Durex extra safe, it was ok for myself, and very pleasurable for my girlfriend. I've been told that 10 in every 2000 condoms break and it has broken on me twice, is that common or just bad luck?

Posted by Optional on 30/01/2011 at 08:11

what happens if i got the condom wet?

Posted by ffa on 25/01/2011 at 02:09

So I had sex two days before my period came and the condom broke , I got my period as normal but I found part of the condom during my period.... should I be worried about pregnancy.

Posted by Optional on 24/01/2011 at 05:21

The proper way to put on a condom is just as the thing says. unroll it onto the penis. I've done this for guys before and it's really not all that hard. Also, lubrication is VERY IMPORTANT!!! If the girl does not have enough lubrication between her vagina and the condom, not only is it EXTREMELY uncomfortable for her, and the skin on her vagina will become sore, but the condom will more than likely break. This is where foreplay comes in handy. Vagina's don't just randomly get wet ya know. They need a lil stimulation. Anyway, my opinion is condoms are evil lil things and I hate them but they prevent me from getting pregnant. F*** condoms.

Posted by Andy on 17/12/2010 at 12:18

my condom slipped off and went inside my wife as I cannot find it anywhere, is this a cause of concern and can it cause any health issues. I assume it will come out eventually

Posted by Optional on 01/12/2010 at 12:17

You can always use double condoms if you fear an accident. I highly recommend vasectomy, as long as you're clean. It might increase your pleasure dramatically not having to worry about rubber. It also helps keeping people like you off the internet.

Posted by Optional on 15/11/2010 at 11:41

on saturday night i had protected sex with may partner but the condom slipped of after but half of it was outside the vagina the morning after i took the morning after pill just to be on the safe side, i am due on next week, i was woundering is there any possibility i could be pregnant because it is playing on my mind.

Posted by Optional on 12/11/2010 at 10:50

What happens when u put it on but it has been out of it's packet for a week

Posted by Optional on 03/11/2010 at 02:27

what happens when condoms burst and girls have hiv

Posted by Nilay Raj on 31/10/2010 at 07:47

Hello friends, i tend to loose my erection, whenever i use a condom during sex. Please help me how to tackle this problem, is it psychological that i don't find pleasure using a condom or something else?

Posted by Optional on 09/10/2010 at 03:08

today i had sex for the first time, the condom seemed to slip a little but never fell off, i didn't finish though. Do you think she could still be pregnant?

Posted by Optional on 02/10/2010 at 03:42

The rubber ring is too tight. It feels as if it's strangling my dick. It digs into the veins and hurts. This makes me shrink and soften, and the condom slips off. I tried larger condoms. Result: the condom was too large but the ring was just as small and uncomfortable! I don't think my penis is thicker than average. I think I'm just sensitive or something. I haven't found anything that works yet.

Posted by Optional on 30/08/2010 at 10:52

I wore a condom during intercourse with my wife for fun, the condom was regular sized, however it was very tight, during ejaculation i immediately felt a burning sensation at the edge of my penis (not tip), it has been one week and the slight burn and feeling to urinate has has not gone away. Not an STI, has anybody ever had this problem?

Posted by Optional on 02/08/2010 at 12:40

after having sex with a condom i feel a buring sesation for about 2hours after inside of me it drives me mad and i dont know why it happens ive had sex once with out a condom and there were no incomptble buring after but i know it is not wise but he pulls out just befor the end .... how can i have sex and be protected with out sufring after ? the pill ? i cant realy get hold of it my mum always comes with me to the doctor and hasa no idea that ive done it :/ help please

Posted by Optional on 23/07/2010 at 08:45

Everytime I have sex with a new guy the condom seams to break, this has happened 4 times.. and its always so new to my partner. I think theres something wrong with my vagina

Posted by Optional on 22/07/2010 at 11:43

while having sex ... the condom split into 2 ... bt was not in the vagina. .. But it was on the base of her vagina. could she be pregnant

Posted by Anonymous on 14/07/2010 at 10:30

My husband has lost about 45 pounds in the lsat year...I an wondering if this is part of the reason the condom keeps slipping off after we have (or perhaps during) sex.

Posted by delillo2000 on 25/06/2010 at 11:31

I realize this site is viewed by people all over the world, so perhaps the types of condoms available in other countries are made SO differently that the "tube sock" method makes sense. I also understand that foreign social mores may sometimes inhibit lovers from handling a condom the way the manufacturers intended. Perhaps it is this handicap that the author of this article is trying to address. I can only speak from a sexually-liberated, American culture, "Sheik Elite" and "Lifestyles" brand use perspective. With that in mind, here is my somewhat dissenting opinion: I have been putting condoms on penises since I was 19 and I have never had trouble pinching the tip and using the roll down method with "only" two hands. In fact, I would absolutely NOT recommend putting a condom on like it's a sock. That just seems ridiculously awkward and time consuming to me. I also suspect that the results would not be nearly so tight or secure a fit. The dresser just has to be quick, efficient and FIRM about it. Perhaps some of the issues are angle and lack of mental focus for men trying to dress their own penises. (Let's not forget where all the blood is at that moment! ;)) My advice is, have the girlfriend or male partner who is receiving penetration dress the cock. As the receiver, he or she often has more incentive for ensuring that the condom is used effectively and less disincentive/apprehension regarding the way it is going to feel. Receivers are also able to get right down there and take care of business properly while the one being wrapped concentrates fully on maintaining his arousal. Having a skilled, confident partner place a condom on you can actually be very sexy, and should be smoothly integrated into the hotness of foreplay. For example, I knew one woman who could put a condom on (properly and completely) using only her mouth. (I know this because she demonstrated it for our Sexuality Education class in college. :)) Now how many men do you suppose would actually LOSE their erection if - in the heat of the moment - their partners did something like that?! ;) Embrace the challenge, and you'll have success. Decide to make it fun -- and it WILL be fun. ***But for those who still struggle with the basic mechanics of the PROPER method (sorry Doc, but I think you're just wrong about that one), here's how I was taught: Once an erection is achieved AND you are ready to begin intercourse, tear open the condom package and remove the condom WITHOUT unrolling it. Make sure the reservoir tip as well as the SEAM of the rolled edge faces upward as you hold the condom horizontally above the erect penis. (When in doubt, remember to hold it "like a HAT -- not a boat".) Pinch the reservoir tip of the condom with your weak hand while positioning the rolled up condom on the tip of the penis (again, just like a hat). Holding your strong hand in the shape of a "C", circle it around the “pinching” fingers of your other hand, resting it just above the brim of the "hat". Now stroke the "C" downwards with a firm, steady squeeze. The condom should begin to unroll beneath the pressure of your dominant hand. Every time the condom stops unrolling, release your grip and start over again, firmly stroking downward from the tip of the penis. It takes a few overlapping, downward-only, strokes to unroll the condom all the way to the base of the penis. Done with the right attitude, rolling a condom into place should feel slightly erotic -- like a handjob. With practice, the entire procedure, from package opening to perfect placement, shouldn't take more than about 10 seconds. It’s a mental multi-task far more than it is a physical one. Practice going through the motions a lot, and eventually you’ll be able to keep your mind happily on the sex while your hands perform the routine with automatic ease. Additional point of procedure: EVERY TIME the man removes his protected penis from whatever orifice he is penetrating, he must use one hand to firmly hold the base of the condom in place. This "safety hold" should also be used during moments of deep, rapid thrusting to prevent the condom from unrolling and being essentially "suctioned" right into the vagina, anus, etc. of his partner. It is especially important to perform this deliberate "safety hold" exit within a few seconds of ejaculation, as the penis will begin to lose hardness almost immediately. If you stall around, this loss of erection will cause the condom to leak its contents into the vaginal or anal opening of your partner, exposing him or her to pregnancy or blood born infections. *** Poster’s Qualifications: CSU, Chico trained Health Educator

Posted by Optional on 06/06/2010 at 07:17

If a condom breaks down near the base, is the chance of pregnancy high?

Posted by Optional on 24/04/2010 at 07:07

Hey, I try to put a condom on but i see that the head of the penis( or whatever it's called) is too big and when i put a condom on, there are a lot of air space between the "head" and the "body". Please help!

Posted by Optional on 12/04/2010 at 04:07

i have had sex about 25 times but around 20 times the condom has split my penis is about 6 inches so i dont think that it is the length that causes it to break i have used various types inc.uding durex any help please

Posted by Matey! on 24/03/2010 at 05:40

i got told that precum cant get a girl pregnant, so dont worry ;) xx

Posted by Optional on 19/03/2010 at 01:57

I wanted to know whether the bit of the condom - the top half - that broke off will be repelled by my body naturally, if we should get fingers in to find it or if I should see my dr and get her to located and remove?

Posted by Anonymous on 12/02/2010 at 12:16

I was having sex with a girl at a brothel and the condom broke. My seimen was released inside her. She said she knows what to do. She also said she was clean and getting a test done every 90 days. What should i do as my penis was in direct contact with her vigina.

Posted by lisa on 01/02/2010 at 08:22

hiya me n my bf were haven sex bit a joost got my injection n while we were haven sex the comdom split whit will happen to me will a get pregnant or get a diese :p ave also been tested for all the dises n it was negitive for all

Posted by Anonymous on 13/12/2009 at 01:53

I have the problem with the condom rolling back up and the ring starts getting caught in her vagina and begins being pulled off. A couple of solutions i came up with require using a wide rubber band of the right diameter, place it the base of the condom ring to prevent it from rolling back up. The other solution is to use some flexible bandage tape. Wrap two or three turns around the base of the penis and the condom ring. This prevents the ring from rolling back up. My personal preference is using the tape, because the rubber band method cuts off the blood too much and the penis starts turning blue. I know its a little more hassle, but it really is more enjoyable and you feel more confident when you are having a long period of intimacy together.

Posted by Anonymous on 31/08/2009 at 09:38

i had sex with the boy and he said the condom might of split what should i do now wait to see if i come on my period or get the morning after pill to be on the sfae side

Posted by Ano on 19/08/2009 at 01:46

Me And My BF On the saturday had sex and the condom slipped off then on sunday the condom actualy split im goin on the pill now

Posted by Anonymous on 09/08/2009 at 09:51

My partner and I just had sex and the condom broke. what can i do to make sure i wont get pregnant?

Posted by Anonymous on 04/08/2009 at 12:10

Whilst having sex my condom split, after 2 or 3 minutes I realised and took it off and there was nothing in it. It is possible that sperm could of gone in her, and what is the liklehood of pregnancy through 'pre-cum'?

Posted by Anonymous on 06/07/2009 at 12:00

When me and my boyfriend use a condom it always slips off, and we never notice till the end, meaning I have to take the morning after pill everytime it happens. It happen so often it's a routine

Posted by Anonymous on 14/06/2009 at 12:45

i am on the pill and me and my partner always use a condom too to be safer but last night the condom split... is it recommended to get the emergency contraception or will the pill be enough?

Posted by Anonymous on 12/06/2009 at 09:53

My boyfriend's penis is too big for the condom. Where can you buy large condoms in shops?

Posted by noa on 11/03/2009 at 02:56

can sperm slip trugh a condom without the condom breaking???

Posted by Anonymous on 04/03/2009 at 09:10

Me and my partner were having sex. We had intercourse for about 45 minutes and we used a condom. When he came, he stayed inside my vagina. When he was finished he pulled out and there was no condom on his penis. He had to search with his fingers for the condom inside my vagina and he pulled it out. What caused this?

Posted by Anonymous on 21/01/2009 at 09:41

Having read just read this article I am disappointed that the focus on what to do if a condom splits is to go get the morning after pill, obviously I dont disagree but how about explaining how to deal with other dangers such as STI's too

Posted by Hanikah on 09/01/2009 at 01:48

I HAD A BOYFRIEND WHO ONLY LASTED A MINUTE ... WITH OR WITHOUT A CONDOM. HELP . I THINK HE HAS A PROBLEM...WE BROKE UP BUT I DON'T WANT ANY GIRL TO FACE THE WORST SEX OF HER ILFE WITH THIS MAN

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Early condoms were made of linen or pig or sheep's gut, tied at the end with ribbon. After sex, they were rinsed out and reused!

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Although it has been suggested that condoms were used by the Ancient Egyptians, the earliest actual report of a condom was by the Italian anatomist, Fallapio in 1564. He claimed to have invented a linen sheath, made to fit the penis, as protection against syphilis

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