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Week 25-National Condom Week

February 13, 2009

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To receive the weekly question per text, text FACTS to 90999.

Are two condoms better than one?

Using two condoms for extra protection may seem like a good idea but it is NOT. The Text Goddess does not recommend it.   

Double Bagging, as it is often called, can increase the friction between the condoms, making them more likely to tear.  Using just one condom is 85% to 98% effective. This may seem like a large range of efficacy, but remember that condom effectiveness depends on proper use.

If you are concerned about the condom breaking, you can take precautions and use an additional form of contraception. Please note the little factoid below:  only condoms can prevent sexually transmitted diseases. Call 1.800.230PLAN for an appointment with your closest Planned Parenthood and for information on your additional options.

Random condom facts:

  • Condoms can hold as much as 12 quarts of water or 3 bags of potatoes before bursting!
  • Quality condoms can stretch to over 3 feet.  No, you are not too big to use a condom.
  • Only condoms can protect against sexually transmitted infections. 

Don’t double up on the female/male condom duo, either. Using a female condom and a male condom is similar to using two male condoms – the friction occurs and they are more likely to rip. Like the male condom, the female condom reduces the risk of many sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. 

And, ladies, don’t be shy about carrying your own condom supply. Proper Attire has come out with a gorgeous line of condoms that are entirely purse-worthy.  Condom couture: cute packaging and good colors! 

Read up on the most famous and popular condoms today by checking out condom reviews.

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England’s Education Department carefully selects all weekly questions. All questions are actual inquiries made to PPNNE by college-aged students.

Should you have a question you would like to see included, please send an email to goddess@ppnne.org

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