Facts: Did you know that oil immediately creates holes in latex? Vaseline, lotions and even whip cream contain oil and will weaken or break your condom. Make sure you use latex compatible lubricants, or if you must use oils be sure to wear a polyurethane condom. Polyurethane is safe to use with oil and water based lubricants......Be safe.
Fact: Mineral oil is a common ingredient in many lotions. According to the Center for Disease Control, within as little as 60 seconds of exposure, a 90% decrease in latex strength will occur. To demonstrate, blow up a latex condom, place a dab of oil or lotion on it and watch it explode! Moral of the story? Don’t use oil on latex.
Facts: Stay away from home abortion kits and female self-sterilization kits offered for sale on the Internet, warns the FDA. None of these kits have been approved by the FDA and can cause heavy bleeding, birth defects and even death.
Warning! Novelty condoms and Lambskin, or natural condoms, are not effective in the prevention of disease. For best protection, be sure to use only quality latex or polyurethane condoms.
Fact: Did you Know that heat contact with latex will increase the chance of breakage? Hot temperatures, humidity, and even ultraviolet light can contribute to the deterioration of your virtuous condoms. So keep your condoms out of the glove box, and if in doubt, toss ‘em out. We'll get you some more.
Warning! Spermicides should not be recommended as a preventive measure against HIV. Nonoxynol-9 is a spermicide commonly found on condoms and in lubricants. Statistics show some people are allergic to nonoxynol-9 and may develop a rash or irritation which can make them more susceptible to infections. Studies have found nonoxynol-9 to do more harm than good when it comes to safe sex
A commonly held misperception is that latex contains tiny "holes" that allow the passage of HIV. This is false. Laboratory studies show that intact latex condoms provide a highly effective barrier to sperm and micro-organisms, including HIV and the much smaller Hepatitis B virus. (Information provided by Centers for Disease Control and The World Health Organization.)
Statistics have shown that a condom is less likely to break when lubricated properly with a condom safe water based lubricant. Place a small drop of lube on the inside of the condom, this will greatly reduce the chance of the condom breaking due to friction.
Myth #1 condoms don’t work. Myth #2 condoms frequently break. Myth # 3 HIV can pass through condoms. Myth #4 Condom Education promotes sexual activity. The fact is, condoms are highly effective when used consistently and correctly. condoms work. The future is in our hands, we must educate our children with facts, not myths.
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Bill is President / CEO of RipNRoll Inc. and a regular contributor at RipNRoll.com. Entrepreneur, Businessman and Father, Bill has kept up his goal of "Protecting the Planet one condom at a time" since 1996