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Our hardworking Peer Educators are at it again! Today’s Daily Cal features SHEP’s Jessica Darrough waxing poetic on condom use. Check it out:

Cover Up for National Condom Week

There’s no gentle way to say this, so I am just going to put it out there: using a condom is much better than sporting that hideous sweater, you know, the one with the reindeer, that your Grandma knitted for you last Christmas.

I’ll give you a second to get over the fact that condom and Grandma were just used in the same sentence. You still with me? The comparison may sound a bit far-fetched, but I promise to take it slowly and walk you through it.

Just as we are cognizant of why we should wear the sweater, (to keep warm when nothing’s clean, or to make Granny feel loved when you see her at the next family outing) I think we are also pretty familiar with the reasons why we should use condoms (to protect against unwanted sexually transmitted infections and unplanned pregnancy).

Read the rest at the Daily Cal.

Condom Troubles

Q: Is it normal to have a tough time staying hard while putting on a condom?

A: Yes, this happens to many men, either because they are distracted by stopping the action to put the condom on or because they are not used to or do not enjoy the feeling of wearing one. There are a few things you can do to help keep this from happening:

  • Practice putting a condom on so that you’re able to do it quickly
  • Make putting a condom on part of the action by having your partner put it on for you, or having them keep touching you or talking to you about how much they want you while you put it on
  • Place a drop of water-based lube inside the tip of the condom before you put it on—this will help intensify sensation (and also reduces the risk of breakage)
  • Try masturbating with a condom on so you get used to the sensation and can associate it with something pleasurable

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