Does using two condoms during sexual intercourse offer extra protection than using just one condom?
This is undoubtedly one of the most commonly asked questions about condom usage. I can’t count how many times people have messaged me asking whether using two condoms is good for extra protection.
My answer to them has always been a big NO! It might seem logical that since using one condom offers protection, then using two condoms is going to offer extra protection. But it is a really bad idea to go about using two or more condoms at a time if your aim is to prevent pregnancy or protect against sexually transmitted infections.
When it comes to condom usage for the prevention of pregnancy or STDs, then double-bagging, which is another name for using more than one condom at a time during intercourse, is a very bad idea. Using two condoms can never offer more protection than using a single condom. As a matter of fact, it is risky using two or more condoms.
Why is double-bagging risky?
The reason why it is never a good idea to use more than one condom at a time when having sexual intercourse is simply because during penetration there is going to be a lot of friction between the two condoms. The friction between the condoms can easily end up rendering both condoms weak and prone to ripping or tearing, thereby making them useless against the prevention of pregnancy or STDs.
It is important to note that the same thing happens when a male and female condom are used at the same time during sexual intercourse. Using a male and a female condom at the same time offers less protection than using only a male or female condom.
I will never advise anyone to double-bag or use more than one condom since it offers very little to no protection.
Always use a single condom if your objective is to avoid pregnancy and STDs. Sexual health experts all over the world agree that using a single condom the right way is very effective in the prevention of sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancies.
This means that if you are a guy and you have sex with your woman using two condoms at the same time, this can easily leave your woman pregnant or see you transferring a STD to your woman or getting one from her. If you want to be extra careful when having sex, be sure to stay away from double-bagging. Just use a single condom the proper way.
Does it mean a man should never put on two condoms during sexual intercourse?
The only time I would recommend double-bagging or the use of two condoms during sex is when the following exist:
- The man and his partner are not trying to prevent pregnancy
- The man and his partner both don’t have any sexually transmitted diseases
- The man suffers from premature ejaculation or wants to make the sexual intercourse last longer
How does double-bagging delay ejaculation?
Some readers might be wondering how it is possible for a man to delay ejaculation and last longer in bed just by putting on two condoms or more. If you are one of those wondering how this works, wonder no more. When a man wears two condoms during sexual intercourse, the condoms not only constrict his penis but also reduce the sensitivity of the penis, thereby making him last longer.
Remember that it is only under the three conditions mentioned above that double-bagging or wearing two condoms is a good idea.
Never use two condoms at a time if your aim is to prevent pregnancy and protect yourself against sexually transmitted infections.