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Aprile
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I was watching the Sunday Night Sex Show and there was a question on condoms. The lady was saying that her man is too big for condoms, but Sue said that she says the six month rule. If you've been together for more than six months and the woman is using BC that you don't need condoms anymore.

Would you suggest that? or do you think that you should use condoms until you are ready to have kids?


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wobblyheadedjane
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While I think the Sunday Night Sex show is a wonderful resource for many, I have noticed times when Sue has given partial, or incorrect information. If you have been together for six months or more, totally monogamous, with two full STD/STI screenings in that time, then the risk is substantially lessened, and some couples choose to go without condoms at that time. Many prefer to continue using condoms for the extra protection they afford in terms of pregnancy and STI transmission, regardless of test results.

However, simply being monogamous does not guarantee being free of STD/STIs. Heck, I've been monogamous with my partner for over a year, but we still use condoms every time and get tested once a year.


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Gumdrop Girl
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Sue is also talking to a generally OLDER audience than ST.

While older folks shouldn't be lax about taking precautions, older folks are not as subject to the same risks that teens are. A lot of young people's sexual habits put them at MUCH HIGHER risk for sexually transmitted diseases. Also, teens by and large are less equipped to deal with the problem of unwanted pregnancy compared to older adults.

So yeah, if you're young, it's a good idea to be super-careful because not enough of your peers are -- take care of yourself

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bettie
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I also want to add that besides being a very good at preventing the transmission of STI's condoms are excellent form of contraception. With younger people that is often a priority and so sticking with condoms past the 6 month time is a good idea.

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