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Condoms are the only contraception that protects you against both STIs and pregnancy

It’s true

Double the reason to use one. Condoms are the only contraception that protect against both STIs and unwanted pregnancies.

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Condoms protect against all STIs

It’s false, but as good as it gets

Condoms protect you against almost all STIs, except the ones passed on through skin contact like HPV. No contraceptive is 100% effective. That’s why regular STI testing is so important.

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It's possible to put a condom on inside out.

Strange but true

Yep, it’s actually pretty easy to put a condom on inside out and happens to the best of us. If it happens to you throw it away and grab yourself a new one.

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You should use condoms for oral sex too.

It’s true, so choose a flavour

Almost every STI that can be passed on through penetration can be passed on through oral sex too. Why else were flavoured condoms invented?

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You can use a condom twice.

It’s false, no double bagging

You 100% cannot use a condom twice. It won’t be as effective at protecting you. And it would probably get a little messy too. No-one wants that.

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Condoms don’t expire, and even if they did they would still work fine.

It’s false, better get checking

Condoms can definitely expire and might break if it’s out of date. So make sure you check before use. Or why not check them now? After all, no reason to waste time when you really need them.

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You can use massage oil as lube with condoms.

It’s false, what a slippery slope

Massage oil breaks down the latex on condoms, which can weaken them. If you’re using lube with condoms make it water-based one. Sorted.

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You can be too big for condoms.

It’s a big false

Condoms come in all different sizes and there is no way someone would be too big. If you’re having trouble finding one that does, keep trying till you find the right one for you.

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You should use condoms every time you have sex.

It’s true, yes, yes, yes

Unless you’re in a monogamous relationship and have both been tested you should use a condom every time you have sex. The risk isn’t worth the excuses.

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