The use of condoms is essential if you want to practice protected – thus safer – sex, especially if you are having sex with new or ‘casual’ partners. They offer protection against Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and are effective as an additional birth control measure. However did you know some lubricants, oils and liquids can in fact break down various materials that condoms are made from? How protective is your protection?

Always check the compatibility of your condom with any additions you use, to make sure your condom is as effective as possible. Oil based lubricants for example should never be used with latex condoms. You should also make sure you are assured of the quality of your condom by looking for the British Standard Kitemark on the pack (or other appropriate certification if abroad). The more informed you are, the safer you are.

If you are concerned about your Sexual Health, don’t worry, Better2Know are here to help. We have lots of sexual health advice on this blog and our website, and we offer a range of STI tests to give you peace of mind.

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