by Jamie Porter, MA, health promotions analyst
September is Sexual Health Awareness Month. To celebrate, we’re counting down the top 5 reasons to use condoms.
5. They’re easily accessible
They are less expensive than other forms of contraception, and you don’t need a prescription to get them. You can obtain condoms at the Nebraska Medicine – University Health Center pharmacy, an off-campus drug or grocery store or through Protection Connection, UHC’s program that delivers condoms to University of Nebraska-Lincoln students for free.
4. They can make partners with penises last longer
If premature ejaculation is something you or your partner struggle with, condoms can help by decreasing sensation, especially if you aren’t placing lubricant inside the condom or using a thinner condom.
3. They can increase the effectiveness of other forms of contraception
No form of birth control is 100 percent effective; and human error can make them less reliable. If you’re having sex that can result in pregnancy, using condoms in addition to another compatible form of contraception can decrease you or your partner’s chances of getting pregnant.
2. They’re the only method of contraception, besides abstinence, that help prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases
So even if you or your partner are using another form of birth control, you’ll want to use internal or external condoms as well. They’re also not just for types of sex that can result in pregnancy. If you and your partner share sex toys, such as vibrators or dildos, you can use condoms to prevent spreading STDs by replacing the condom on the toy when you switch who’s using it. Condoms are also important to use when engaging in oral sex to prevent the spread of STDs as well.
1. Using condoms communicates to your partner that you care about both of your sexual health
What better way to show you care than with your actions?
Remember, UHC offers free safer sex supplies, some free STD testing, birth control consultations and more. Visit our website for additional details.