Safe Relations and Barrier protection: What Every Man Needs to Know to Protect Himself

Jun 14 09:53 2013 John Dugan Print This Article

Protecting the male organ through safe relations is vital to the physical and reproductive health of every man.  Barrier protection, when properly used, can protect from disease and unplanned pregnancy. Some common barrier protection questions are answered here.

Barrier protection is perhaps the most popular form of protection from partner-transmitted infections and unplanned pregnancy.  Even still,Guest Posting many men have questions about the necessity and proper usage of barrier protection.  Learn more about barrier protection and why it is an integral part of a man’s male organ health.

Is a barrier protection needed in a monogamous relationship?

There are a few factors to consider when deciding on protection when one is in a monogamous relationship.  First and foremost, have both partners been tested for all partner-transmitted infections?  If both partners were tested before the relationship began, or within the past 6 months, and the test results came back negative, barrier protection may not be necessary for protection against transmittable diseases.  A second factor to consider is whether both partners are truly monogamous. If a man has been in a steady long-term relationship and there is no history or fear of infidelity, forgoing barrier protection may be within the realm of consideration. Lastly, is barrier protection the only form of birth control being used, or is pregnancy a concern in the relationship?  If both partners are okay with oral contraception, or if the couple is okay with the possibility of a pregnancy – feel free to ditch the barrier protection.  Alternatively, if the man has had a vasectomy, the woman has had a tubal ligation or is menopausal, wherein pregnancy is no longer physically possible, there is no need for barrier protection to prevent pregnancy.

Ultimately, the decision to lose the barrier protection is a joint one that should be made by both partners involved.  Taking into consideration the strength and trust of the relationship, as well as the reproductive health and the reproductive status of both partners, is necessary before going au naturel.

Is barrier protection foolproof?

Unfortunately, it is not.  Though barrier protection is the first line of defense against partner-transmitted infections and pregnancy, it still needs to be used properly. Studies have found that barrier protection are about 99% effective against the transmission of communicable diseases when used correctly. Expired barrier protection should never be used, as the material may have started to deteriorate, so if the use-by date is passed, toss it.  Barrier protection also needs to be stored properly. It should never be allowed to get too hot or too cold as that may damage the integrity of the material, nor should the package be bent or crumpled.  Avoid storing them in a steamy bathroom, a glove compartment or a wallet, as an improperly stored rubber is more likely to fail.

Additionally, barrier protection should fit the male organ properly.  Too loose, and it may slip off; too tight, and it may tear or rip.  Barrier protection should be put on before any penetration or pelvic touching occurs.  The only foolproof method of birth control or disease protection is complete abstinence.

Can two latex barriers provide double protection?

Absolutely not! While it is often the case that two is better than one, this is not one of those times.  Using two latex barriers actually results in double trouble.  The friction from the two rubbers is likely to cause tears, increasing the chance of an accident.  If one wants to “double up” on protection, a better pairing would be a barrier protection and oral contraceptive.

How do barriers keep the male organ healthy?

Latex barriers provide a protective sheath that surrounds the male organ in its entirety; this prevents the transmission of infections.  This is especially important, as there are several diseases which can be transmitted even when no symptoms are evident, leading to a very unpleasant surprise down the road.  In addition to always using barrier protection, men should use a high-quality male organ vitamin creme to keep their manhood healthy and resilient (most professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil).  A male organ oil packed with vitamin A – which helps eliminate bacteria – can help to guard against pesky yeast infections, male organ pimples and other unwanted male organ lumps and bumps which are not the product of a sensual encounter.  Applying male organ oil daily as part of the grooming routine can help keep the skin smooth, while contributing to overall male organ health and function.

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John Dugan
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