It might feel awkward to talk about condoms, but doing it ahead of time can help you avoid having to have a conversation in the heat of the moment when you and your partner might be less clear-headed.
It might feel awkward to talk about condoms, but doing it ahead of time can help you avoid having to have a conversation in the heat of the moment when you and your partner might be less clear-headed. It can also help to buy condoms yourself and have them available, so the logistics don’t become an issue.
If you’re stressed about the conversation, you can practice what you’re going to say ahead of time. You can always start by asking your partner how they feel about using condoms – you might find out that they’re already in agreement with your feelings. Either way, explain why it’s important to you, like reducing the risk of unintended pregnancy and STDs.
If your partner doesn’t want to wear a condom, you can always offer to wear an internal (female) condom yourself. But if someone doesn’t respect your wishes to protect you and themselves, they probably aren’t the right partner; everyone deserves to have their health and well-being cared for.
Reviewed by Sara Levine, MD, MPH, FAAP, Medical Director of Adolescent Medicine
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