First you have to check whether the roll is on the outside. It’s hard enough to tell top from bottom when the lights are on, let alone in the romantic candlelight vibe you have created for the occasion. Next you have to use one hand to squeeze the air from the tip and the other to roll down the condom while making sure you don’t snag it with your nails, jewellery or piercings. This is no easy feat; it’s like snapping on a pair of latex gloves before getting busy. If you don’t follow these steps, the condom might have air in the tip, making it more prone to rips and tears at le moment suprême. If applied inside out before being flipped over and used, it may also contain some pre-ejaculate – the number one cause of STI transmission as a result of faulty condom use.
Recent American research (Sanders et al, 2011) found that, despite proper use, traditional condoms do not protect against STIs and unwanted pregnancies in 2% of all cases. The reality is that things go wrong 15% of the time. This means that incorrect condom use provides insufficient protection in 13% of cases! With the exception of sex education and package instructions, no condom brand encourages user safety by improving the product itself. The Wingman, on the other hand, was designed to prevent common user errors:
- Not squeezing the air from the tip (45%*): Air in the tip increases the risk of rips and tears. With a Wingman, there’s no need to squeeze the air from the tip thanks to its air-tight design (the air was extracted during the assembly process). When you unroll a Wingman, you are guaranteed an air-tight fit.
- Putting it on inside out and flipping it over to use (11%*): Pre-ejaculate on the outside of the condom can lead to STIs and unwanted pregnancies. With regular condoms, it’s hard to tell top from bottom. With a Wingman, however, you can see and feel which way is up thanks to the W logo on the wings. This is the only way it can be applied.
- Contact with hands, nails or other sharp objects (5%*): This can damage the condom and lead to breakage. When using a Wingman, you never touch the condom itself.
* Indicates the prevalence of this error (Sanders et al, 2011)