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Sex Myth: Two Condoms Are Better Than One

Nobody wants to have an unexpected pregnancy. We do all we can not to get pregnant, and some of us even come up with ideas of our own to prevent becoming a premature mom.

I'll never forget when my best friend from high school lost her virginity (she was the first one in our circle of friends). She said that she wanted to be extra sure not to get pregnant, so she made her boyfriend wear two condoms instead of one. Bad idea! While it's true that condoms are 85 percent effective at preventing pregnancy, double bagging (as it's sometimes called) does not make condoms more effective. In fact, wearing two condoms causes tension and friction, so tearing is more likely to happen. Plus, two condoms can be bunchy, which will cause it to not fit properly. If the condom doesn't fit right, it's more likely to slip off, and semen can potentially get inside the vagina causing pregnancy.

Dear's Advice: Stick to using one condom, the right way. If you hate condoms, use another effective form of birth control to make sure you stay pregnant free.


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saintkildas saintkildas 8 years
We used American Tips with a small amount of cap type spermicide to help them fit on my husbands circumcised penis head followed with a normal condom and this makes for people like us who could not use other methods a very very reliable form of contraception. This method was used with 100% reliability for almost twenty years and we were a very fertile couple.
SummerFlirts SummerFlirts 9 years
I would never consider my boyfriend wearing two condoms..
lmfao to the saran wrap, what an ass
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 9 years
all i gotta say is DUUUUUUHHHHHH
nikkie45 nikkie45 9 years
i can't believe people would believe that. i'm shocked at how stupid people can be.
trixiefire trixiefire 9 years
OK thank you ash_marisa I think it'd be a good idea if they at least revised the article to mention that part, because I knew that 85% had to pertain more to the success rate even when somewhat inproperly used. Made me panic for a sec, lol, because I cant use birth control, I have to use condoms.
ninjastarlett ninjastarlett 9 years
If you want to double up on protection, you should use ONE condom and the pill. =)
ash_marisa ash_marisa 9 years
Most health care sources cite 97% with perfect use, and 85% with typical use. Typical use includes not wearing a condom every time, and improper placement, etc. WebMD also confirms this.
trixiefire trixiefire 9 years
Wow, really, only 85%? Is WebMD the best source? Im just not sure about that number....and Trojan's dont give a percentage anymore. Damnit.
njau njau 9 years
OH man kids and their notion of reality - it's funny but really scary at the same time. Did you guys know that a poll a little while ago had teenagers believing that there was an antibiotic that will cure you of HIV just like there is one for gonorrhea? I was shocked, but then again we are all naive at some point.
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 9 years
I certainly wouldn't trust any jacka$$ who thought this was safe with my body or any other part of me.:)
bettyboutique bettyboutique 9 years
ROFLMAO Saran wrap?!?! wow... and who thinks of using two condoms anyways?? ppl actually do these things?
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
My mom was school nurse, and a 14 year old girl got pregnant and told my mother she didnt understand why because they had used protection. My mom asked what they used, and the girl said: SARAN WRAP
SummerBaby SummerBaby 9 years
it would be WAY worse to use 2 condoms!!.. high chance of it breaking!... i remember when i was younger all the guys would jooke about wear 2!! haha.. but we all knew that it would only make things worse and that much more of a turn off..having to put TWO on haha no thanks! :P
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Yea...I don't even use one soooo....
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