Kicking off seven days of safe sex, how fitting is it that Valentine’s Day marks the first day of National Condom Week? What an excellent reminder for everyone who’s active to always plan ahead and use protection!
Safety is essential all year round, but during February, a condom crash course is a smart idea if “making whoopie” is on the menu. Let’s face it, there’s more to Valentine’s Day than cards, chocolates, and champagne. Let’s talk about the other big C – condoms – and kick off this week with a bang.
Condoms don’t last a lifetime. They have a shelf life with an expiration date that’s there for a reason. Effectiveness will diminish once the printed date passes. If your box has been in your possession longer than you’d like to admit, check the date before using an old condom with your date. It’s worth the fresh purchase for your peace of mind.
Here are three additional reasons to toss your condom rather than take a chance:
All in all, when in doubt, throw it out. But replace it with another before you score.
Need a reason to run out for a new box of condoms or a strategy to get your partner to be protected? Add some fun and flair to your bedroom bliss with a splash of color. From neon to prints to glow-in-the-dark-to pretty pastels, condoms come in more ways than one. Liven up the mood as you make the sex safer.
You can also add some condom creativity with flavored condoms, ‘ribbed for pleasure’ prophylactics, even condoms with fun wrappers to lighten the mood. Variety is the spice of life, so switch ‘em up and keep things hot.
Most condoms we see at stores are made of latex (essentially, rubber). But if you’re allergic, using one could make your safe sex efforts excruciating. There’s no need (or good reason) to forgo condoms altogether when there are some available alternatives that are reliable and recommended.
Now that you’re more condom conscious and aware of the dos and don’ts of “doing it,” you can safely celebrate National Condom Week without worry. Remember to restock on condoms of all sorts, keep them stored properly, and use one every time you engage with a partner. So much for chocolates when, “Life is like a box of condoms!”