Before the invention of condoms in 1855, couples were attempting all sorts of things in order to prevent pregnancy. Urinating straight after sex, douching and inserting various devices in the vagina, such as sea sponges soaked with spermicide (such as vinegar), are just a few of them. However, it would take quite a while for condoms to be specifically used as a form of birth control. Not so long ago, one of the main purposes of condoms was to protect the soldiers in World War II against sexually transmitted diseases.
A lot of things have changed since then, from the material used in manufacturing condoms to more and more reasons why wearing it is an absolute must. Here is our list of why it’s absolutely necessary to wear a condom every time you have sex:
1. It’s easily accessible
Imagine this situation. You’re out with your date and things are going well. They laugh at your jokes, they are happy, smiling, attractive and, most important of all, you’re becoming very close up until their lips find their way to your ear, saying four little magical words: “Your place or mine?” Or something similar. The point is that you both want the same thing, and then you hear another sentence from your partner’s lips, “Do you have the protection?”
As opposed to birth control pills, condoms are easily accessible. With birth control, you’d need to visit your gynecologist for at least a month before even attempting to get playful in bed, as that’s how long it takes the pills to start functioning properly. There is nothing stopping you from going to the nearest convenience store, pharmacy or a newspapers stand and buying a packet of condoms. By putting one in your wallet or purse, you’re ready for the fun to begin.
2. It has no side effects
Well, mostly. Most modern condoms are made out of latex, which is a rubber treated with safe chemicals to give it strength and durability, and they are stored in a lubricated foil before being packed into the boxes. They are made in such a way that the chemicals and lubricants used in the manufacture don’t interfere with the health of the person wearing the condom.
However, a number of people throughout the world are sensitive to latex, causing their skin to inflame and itch, as well as develop a rash. More severe symptoms may include a runny nose, wheezing and coughing. The most severe reaction is anaphylactic shock, which can lead to death.
Being aware of this problem, some companies are attempting to develop a new type of condom without the latex to provide the same amount of protection and pleasure as with their latex versions.
3. It lowers risk of STD
With more and more people becoming infected with sexually transmitted diseases every year, especially with herpes simplex virus (HSV) and AIDS, wearing a condom, along with other means of pregnancy protection, is an imperative. Even though condoms can break under certain conditions, they are still the best possible option in keeping you and your partner healthy. Even if you believe that neither of you have any form of STDs, don’t be willing to take that risk.
On the upside, most diseases are curable, but the downside is that in some parts of the world, the price of the tests is very high. So in order to maintain a pleasurable and safe sexual experience, don’t take the condom out of the equation.
4. It makes no changes to the menstrual cycle
We’ve already mentioned that buying a condom is much easier than buying birth control pills. But this time we want to focus on another aspect of why condoms are a better option for women than birth control pills. The pills contain hormones, and there are many different pills, causing their effects to vary from brand to brand. The main idea, however, remains the same. The hormones inside the pills don’t mix and match well with the hormones in a woman’s body, and the pills are usually used for longer periods of time, until the gynecologist doesn’t prescribe otherwise.
While it’s true that there are benefits to the pill, such as that it cures or minimizes acne or even soothes the effects of PMS, there are still significant problems that many women undergo while being on the pill. For some women, it can kill their sexual buzz or cause depression, nausea, and headaches.
Unlike the pill, condoms don’t have any of these side-effects, while still providing the protection from STDs and unwanted pregnancy, as well as the pleasure and easiness of use for both partners.
5. It fits into any purse or pocket and is easily recognizable
The beauty of using a condom as your protection during sex is that you can put it in your pocket, even the smallest of purses or your wallet, and carry it with you the whole time, for probable unexpected moments of desire. As long as you don’t expose them to direct sunlight and store them properly, you can be sure that they’ll keep their quality when you need it.
Also, if you are a girl and you find yourself at a party in the middle of the night at the club and the police is asking you for your ID, there is no fear that they’ll mix up your birth control pills with drugs, especially if you’ve taken them out of the box they originally came in.
6. You’re respective of yourself and your partner
There are a few very known things that men say when they don’t want to wear a condom, and it sometimes goes as far as pressuring the partner and threatening to break off the relationship if the partner keeps insisting on using it.
Some of the most common excuses are “I’m as healthy as a horse,” “It kills the mood for me,” “But I’m faithful to you,” and so on. Disregarding the fact that all of these are easily disputed, the most important thing about wearing a condom is that you respect both yourself and your partner. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve been in the same relationship for years, you owe it to your partner and to yourself to make the experience as safe as possible. Only then can there be complete trust and a feeling of intimacy and closeness that we are seeking with our partners.
To conclude, there are always rebels who just don’t like wearing a condom, but are you honestly willing to pay the high price of an unwanted child or a serious sexually transmitted disease?
With so many different types of condoms on the market – thin, ribbed, custom fitted, pleasure shaped condoms etc. – there is no argument against making the condom your number one option for protected sex.