Don’t Be Condumb. Use a Condom

#NATIONALCONDOMMONTH

Approaching the checkout at your corner drugstore with a box of love-gloves in hand can feel pretty dog on awkward. And then, there's the dreaded mood killer of scrambling through your nightstand in the dark, followed by what feels like World War III as you march into battle to fight off the wrapper (are either of you even still DTF at this point?). Oh, and do we even have to say it- they smell bad, like, really-really bad?

So, we all agree, condoms pretty much suck, right?

Wrong!

Like anything in life, you have to take the good with the bad. Condoms tend to have an undeserving bad rap. Sure, they can be a stinky, embarrassing, mood-killer, but it's time to start seeing them for what they really are, sexual superheroes.

PUT SOME PROTECTION ON THAT ERECTION.

Not everyone is affected by STDs or STIs in the same way. And, just because they don’t have a questionable ooze or alarming smell doesn't mean they don’t have one. You can never tell if a person has an STD simply by looking at them. In fact, they could be asymptomatic and not even know it themself. That’s kinda scary if you think about it.

This may come as a shock, but, other than not having sex at all, ever, there is no other way of protecting yourself against STDs and STIs (yep, let that sink in). When used correctly and consistently, condoms are highly effective in preventing the transmission of HIV. They also significantly reduce the risk of other STDs and STIs like gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia, and bacterial vaginosis.

Next time you want to moan and groan about how much you hate condoms, you should really reconsider. Just take a moment to think about the fact that without them, there would be no moaning and groaning (of the good kind), safely happening in your bed.

Now that, ladies and gentlemen, deserves props.

NOT TODAY, PARENTHOOD!

There isn't a birth control on the market that is 100 percent effective. That means there is always room for failure no matter which method you are using. Yikes! The good news is, even with your current birth control, be it the pill, patch, or even an IUD, using a condom alongside your current method reduces unwanted pregnancy risks even more.

Not only can condoms be a great back up to your current birth control, when used correctly, every time, they can be up to 98 percent effective on their own. As an added plus, they don't introduce added hormones to your body that cause headaches, weight gain, or nausea like other methods of birth control would.

EXCUSES? CONDOMS HAVE YOU COVERED.

So, you finally agree, condoms are cool AF, right? But maybe your partner isn't quite convinced and the excuses start flowing. No worries, here are some rebuttals to common anti-condom excuses to help you out.

Them- "It doesn't fit, it's too tight and hurts"
You- "Please, you aren't that big. A standard sized condom can fit an entire gallon of water in it."

Them- "It feels better without it, I can't feel anything with it on"
You- "Oh yea, good point. I'm sure gonorrhea feels fantastic. Totes worth the risk."
(You can also have them put a couple drops of lube inside the condom, this will not
only make it feel good, it will make it amazing.)

Them- "They ruin the moment"
You-"If you think condoms ruin the moment, just imagine what a crying baby will do to the moment."

Sex is never going to be 100 percent safe, those are just the cold hard facts, but condoms sure do have a pretty good track record of keeping us safe. They are the only form of birth control that not only protects against pregnancy but also reduces risks of sexually transmitted infections and diseases at the same time. As it turns out, no matter how you look at it, condoms are actually pretty effin’ cool.