Bee Busy's Guide to Condoms
Dude...you need to use a condom. Seriously, use one...every time you have sex. Here's why.
Condoms help prevent pregnancy.
A man and a woman having sex and not wanting a baby SHARE the responsibility of pregnancy prevention equally.
There's no hormonal birth control on the market for men -- but that doesn't mean guys aren't just as responsible for pregnancy prevention as women. Although hormonal contraceptives for women like the Pill, Patch or Shot are the most effective way to prevent pregnancy (outside of surgical sterilization) they are not perfect and how well they work has everything to do with how they are used. Effectiveness of hormonal contraceptives are dependent on correctness of use. In other words...The Pill taken late or a day forgotten can result in a pregnancy.
Mistakes happen -- pills get missed, patches fall off, and shots can be late. Think about it, if you were taking the Pill do you think you would remember to take it EVERYDAY without taking it late or missing a day EVER? Take charge yourself.
Guys, your birth control tool is THE CONDOM.
If a man and a woman are having sex, the most effective way to increase you chances of preventing pregnancy is to use both a female and a male method -- a hormonal contraceptive AND A CONDOM. And its only the condom that will help protect you both from sexually transmitted aftershocks like STD/STIs.
Condoms help to prevent STD/STIs.
Outside of not having sex, condoms provide your best protection against Sexually Transmitted Diseases/Sexually Transmitted Infections (STD/STIs).
Half of all sexually active people will get an STD/STI by the time they are 25 years old. If you choose not to use a condom and are sexually active but not mutually monogamous, it is likely you will eventually end up with an STD/STI. Remember, most people with an STD/STI don't have symptoms and most people don't really understand whether or not they have been tested for STD/STIs.
Knowing all about STD/STIs is critical in preventing their spread. Get STD/STI Basics and STD/STI Prevention 101 under your belt.
Don't risk it. USE A CONDOM.
If preventing unwanted "aftershocks" of sex isn't motivating enough -- condoms are good for great sex.