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Condoms – do they fail? Or do you? (1)

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So Baako decided they would give condoms another try even though Amina wanted to try something else.

If you haven’t met Amina, you can find out about her here and here

“Condoms are very effective at preventing pregnancy. If used correctly, only two women out of 100 will get pregnant in one year.

So were we just one of the unlucky two that condoms failed?” asked Amina.

It depends on how you were using it.

How else? You just put it on and use it, isn’t it? Baako said.

It needs to be put on before any contact between the penis and the vagina. This is because any fluid leaking out of the penis may contain sperm and cause a pregnancy.

I see… Baako and Amina looked at each other knowingly.

You need to handle the condom carefully as it can easily be damaged by sharp finger nails or jewellery and any leaks lead to a higher risk of pregnancy.

You should never re-use a condom and don’t forget to check the expiry date.

Do they expire? Baako was surprised.

Yes they do and expired condoms may not be very effective.”

And after intercourse?

Hold the condom firmly in place while pulling out slowly and carefully so you do not spill any semen.

To be honest, I feel a lot of friction when he uses condoms and its not comfortable, Amina said.

What do you feel about using lubricating gel?

Lubricating gel? What’s that? They clearly hadn’t heard of it.

1. Bearing all of the above in mind, just how effective do you think condoms are in the heat of passion???

2. Did you know that condoms have a ‘use by’ date?

3. Who taught you how to use condoms effectively? Yourself or someone else? Who do you think would be the best person to teach safe condom use?

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