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I'm trying to work out if I'm doing something wrong in my current condom usage. To give a brief background, my current partner is my only significant longrunning partner and we've been together for over 18 months. I (female) am usually the one to put on the condom, as he finds that more exciting than if he does so.

Sometimes I find that I seem to be applying it wrongly. Usually (75% of the time) it is absolutely fine and rolls down to the base as you would expect. Occasionally I do get the condom inside out and have to try another. However, sometimes I'm trying to put on a condom as I would usually and it just WON'T roll down! We always use the same brand (Durex Extra Safe; we're UK residents) and it doesn't seem to even matter whether the condoms are coming from the same pack. Equally, usual lube usage doesn't seem to affect efficacy.

I just don't understand what I'm doing wrong! I always unroll first, always pinch at the top etc. It just seems as if occasionally it refuses to unroll any further than three/four inches!

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Am I remembering right that those condoms are a) thicker than other brands and styles and b) unlubricated?

If so, I'd say either of those things, and certainly both, could contribute to having a tougher time getting them unrolled now and then.

How about trying another brand?

And just FYI: all latex condoms have the same effectiveness, and thicker condoms aren't actually "safer" or less likely to break than thinner ones. That's really just marketing spin. So if the "safe" is why you're using that brand and it turns out to not be working for you this way, you won't be less safe with a different brand or style.

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