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Condom in the Shower

Published: June 29, 2010
Dear TeenHealthFX,
My boyfriend and I have questioned having sex in the shower for a while now, due to protection. I just started taking birth control a few days ago. We'd like to do it in the shower, but how is that possible? Can we use a condom? Please help.
Signed: Condom in the Shower

Dear Condom in the Shower,

 

If you are going to have sex with your partner in the shower, using a condom is still a very important thing to do. While birth control offers protection against pregnancy it does nothing to protect you from sexually transmitted diseases.

 

If you are using a condom in the shower there are a few things you need to be aware of.

 

·         The water from the shower can wash off the lubricant that may be on the condom. Lubricated condoms cause less friction during intercourse and are less likely to break.

·         Some condoms are lubricated with a chemical that can kill sperm, called “nonoxynol-9”. This too can be washed off in the shower, making the condom a little less effective at preventing pregnancy.

·         If you use some kinds of soaps, shampoos, or oils in the shower and they get on the condom, they may cause the latex of the condom to “break down,” and make them susceptible to breaking.

·         High water temperature can also weaken condoms and cause them to break.

 

 It is always best to use a condom whenever and wherever you have sex, but you need to be more watchful when having sex in the shower.

 

For more information about this topic check out TeenHealthFX’s response to “Can You Use Condoms In Water?.”

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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