Earlier this year, South Korea legalized adultery, and it’s having some surprising effects— including rocketing local condom sales into the stratosphere. Usually, adultery is seen as just an acceptable reason for divorce. But in some countries around the world, it can actually put you in jail or worse. South Korea was one of those until very…

We need some of Sweden’s feminist pop stars over here 

Feminism been a fact of Swedish music for awhile now, but people started to take notice recently when Sweden’s Got Talent winner Zara Larsson posted a picture of her stretching out a condom so she could wear it on her leg like a knee-high sock. The caption read, “To all the guys saying ‘my dick is too big for condoms’ TAKE A SEAT.”

It made international headlines for firing back at men who use that excuse to have sex with women without a protection, which is manipulative and never OK.

Can anyone get HPV?

Someone asked us:

My teacher told me only women get HPV and not men; I don’t think that’s right or true. Could I get some clarification?

You’re right on this one. Anyone can get HPV— which is why it’s so important for everyone to get the HPV vaccine. There are a lot of different types of HPV, and most of them go away on their own and don’t cause cancer — but sometimes HPV can lead to cancer of the cervix, vagina, vulva, anus, penis, mouth or throat. The type of cancer that’s most often caused by HPV is cervical cancer, which is why some people associate HPV with people who have a cervix.

Unfortunately there’s no HPV test for people who are packing a penis. Those of us with a cervix can go to a doctor for an HPV or Pap test to look for HPV or any HPV-caused abnormal cells. HPV is super common, but the problems it can cause are easily treated when caught early.

Hope this helps!

-Kellie at Planned Parenthood

 

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Some advice I gave my friend who was planning to take a girl’s virginity so if you’re ever planning to take a girl’s virginity here’s some advice to you too.
As long you won’t make promises you can’t keep and you truly care about her, then go ahead. And of course there’s mutual consent.👍

I’m on the pill. Should I use condoms during the week I’m not taking the hormones?

Someone asked us:

Do I need to use condoms on my week of placebo pills?

During the week you’re not taking hormones (AKA the placebo or period week) you’re still protected from pregnancy as long as you start your next pack on time.

Keep in mind though that the pill won’t protect you from STDs. So the best thing you can do to make sure you’re protected from unintended pregnancy and STDs is to use both your birth control pills and condoms every time you have sex.

-Chelsea @ Planned Parenthood 

Happy National Condom Week!

Besides abstinence, condoms are one of the most effective ways to prevent STDs, HIV, and/or pregnancy. Both partners can and should be involved in the decision to use condoms and can help make sure the condom is used correctly.  

 Here are the steps to using a condom correctly:

  1. Talk about using condoms with your partner and get condoms.
  2. Make sure both partners consent to the sexual behavior.
  3. Check the expiration date on the package.
  4. Check to make sure that there is air in the package.
  5. After the penis becomes erect, open the condom package with clean hands.
  6. Check the condom to see which way it rolls down. The rolls of the condom should be on the outside so it will roll down the penis properly.  
  7. Pinch the tip of the condom to leave room for semen. Keep the tip pinched, place the condom on the head of the penis and roll it down to the base of the penis.
  8. After ejaculation, pull out while the penis is still hard. Hold onto the base of the condom while pulling out so that the condom doesn’t fall off.  
  9. Turn away from partner and make sure not to spill semen when taking the condom off. Throw the condom away.
  10. If someone follows these steps correctly each and every time they have sex, male condoms are 98% effective. If someone doesn’t follow all of the steps correctly every time, male condoms are about 85% effective.