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Confused About Condoms

Published: May 14, 2012
Dear TeenHealthFX,
Im currently fifteen, and my boyfriend and I are considering having sex soon. Ive told him my main concern is pregnancy. Although I am worried about STD's, but near as much as pregnancy. I actually have two questions to ask, 1] Can a guy wear 2 condoms at once? (To like reassure there isnt any leakage etc) and 2] If a guy pulls out as soon as he is about to masturbate, and he is wearing a condom, am i still likely to get pregnant? Thanks, confused about condoms
Signed: Confused About Condoms

Dear Confused About Condoms,

 

In answer to your questions, a guy should NEVER wear two condoms at once during intercourse. Some people have the idea that this will offer a kind of double protection, however, this idea is a complete misconception. Using two condoms at once is actually more risky than it is helpful because the friction of the two condoms rubbing against each other increases the chance of one or both of the condoms breaking – which is obviously not a good thing. So don’t double up on condoms – use one at a time.

As for your second question, it sounds like you are asking about the withdrawal method in terms of a guy pulling out before he ejaculates – only in your scenario the guy is wearing a condom. So let’s cover a few points about this:

·         Using the withdrawal method, without any use of a condom or back-up birth control method such as the pill or patch, is absolutely NOT recommended as a female can get pregnant from the sperm contained in pre-ejaculatory fluids (“pre-cum”).

·         If a condom is used, it is important for the man to hold onto the end of the condom as he withdraws the penis to ensure the condom does not slip off – this is important whether  the penis is withdrawn prior to or after ejaculation.

·         As for the need to pull out prior to ejaculation when a condom is being used – there would be a minimal decrease in the chance of pregnancy occurring, however, that difference in odds would be of an extremely small percentage.

If you plan on being sexually active and want to practice safer sex, it is recommended for teens that they use a new condom each and every time they have vaginal, oral or anal sex, and that a back-up method of birth control (such as the pill or patch) is used as an extra precaution against unwanted pregnancies. It is also recommended that teens be clear about the correct way of using condoms, which you can read about in the questions/answers Using Condoms Correctly and Where Can I Get Condoms?.  

If you have any more questions on how to properly use condoms, or need to speak to a doctor about the best birth control methods for you, please meet with your primary care physician, a gynecologist, or an adolescent medicine specialist.  If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-6475 for an appointment or Girl’s Street – A Young Woman’s Health Program – at 908.522.2555. You can also contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood, or call your insurance company for a list of in-network gynecologists or adolescent medicine specialists.

When thinking about becoming sexually active, it is important to consider issues like safer sex. However, it is also important to think about sexual readiness in other areas, too – such as emotional readiness. Since you mention you are thinking of having sex for the first time, FX recommends that you read Want to Have Sex, But Not Sure If I Am Ready to get a sense of whether or not you are truly ready for this step.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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