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7 Excuses (& Rebuttals) for Not Using a Condom

Written by Jenna Lee Dillon on February 4, 2013

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Without further ado, we bring you 7 excuses (and rebuttals) for not using a condom:


1. I don’t know where to get condoms or I’m scared to buy them.

It’s easy to get condoms discreetly and for free for anyone with access to the Internet. Click here for links to several sites that send condoms for only the cost of shipping, and information on how to find out if your city government has a program for free condoms. Here’s another page with free condoms. Lastly, your local Planned Parenthood should have condoms for free.

2. I don’t know how to put a condom on.

Every condom box comes with detailed directions and diagrams. Even better, this video guides you through proper condom usage.

3. I’m embarrassed to talk about protection.

A good rule of thumb: If you are not comfortable talking about contraception with a person, then you’re probably not ready to have sex with him/her.

4. Sex doesn’t feel as good with a condom.

A new study by Indiana University shows that condoms do not detract from sexual arousal or pleasure. If you or your partner really feel condoms lessen sensitivity, try a brand that sells “light” condoms. There are also textured condoms designed to make sex feel even better!

5. We’ve already done it once without a condom.

It’s easy to fall into the habit of not using protection once you have skipped it. But condoms can only prevent pregnancy and protect you from STDs if you use them regularly. Just say, “I know we didn’t use protection last time, but we can’t risk pregnancy or spreading an STD this time. Let’s play it safe from now on.”

6. Stopping to put on a condom kills the mood.

Putting on  a condom can be part of sexual play. Women can practice putting condoms on bananas so they feel comfortable assisting with the condom before sex. Men can also practice, so the condom goes on quickly. You can add a drop of water-based lubrication inside the condom for extra ease sliding it on.

7. You are/I am on the Pill, so we don’t need a condom.

The Pill doesn’t protect against STDs. Furthermore, the rate of effectiveness for the Pill is only 92% in real life, because many times pills are skipped or taken late. Use two methods of birth control, and ensure a healthy and happy future for both of you.

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There are 3 responses to “7 Excuses (& Rebuttals) for Not Using a Condom

  1. Thanks, Delaney! Yes, please do share this blog if you know people who could use the info. Sometimes when the situation arises, it’s hard to remember all the logical reasons for using protection. It’s good to have reminders!

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