The top worst excuses

1. If you loved me, you would do it without a condom.

Love doesn’t protect you from sexually transmissible infections (STI) and many of them do not show symptoms. Only screening tests can confirm that you don’t have an STI.

2. If I had something, I’d know.

Most STI do not show symptoms. Only a doctor can tell whether someone has contracted an STI.

3. A condom isn’t comfortable to wear, and I don’t feel anything.

As far as comfort is concerned, it may not be the same thing but with the variety of condoms available on the market, you can find one that suits you. There are even some that increase sensations.

4. You know me... I’m sure don’t have anything.

Someone can be infected with an STI and not know it. So, even if you know your partner well and you’re confident in him or her, don’t take any chances. Many STIs are asymptomatic and only screening tests can confirm that you don’t have an STI.

5. I’m taking the pill... I don’t need a condom.

Taking the pill is an excellent method of contraception. But it only protects against unwanted pregnancy, not STIs.

6. I lose my erections when I use a condom.

To avoid this problem, practise slipping on a condom. That way, when the time comes, you will be confident and you won’t lose your erection. You can also try another condom size or condom brand.

7. I’m much too young to have an STI.

There is no age when you can contract an STI. In addition, young people between 15 and 24 years of age are the most affected by some STIs, including chlamydia, gonorrhoea and HPV.

8. I’m allergic to condoms.

Condoms made out of polyurethane or polyisoprene designed for people who are sensitive to latex are available in pharmacies. They cost more or less the same price as latex condoms.

9. A condom is for one night stands.

A condom is designed to protect you against STIs under all circumstances whether it’s in a one night stand, with your boyfriend, or with your girlfriend.

10. It breaks up the spontaneity of the experience.

When you get used to it, it’ll only take a few seconds. Here are a few tips to keep things going in the heat of the action: keep condoms on hand, ask your boyfriend or your girlfriend to put one on you, etc.


Getting help

To get a screening test

  • Call Info-Santé 8-1-1
  • Talk it over with the nurse in your school or CLSC
  • Talk it over with your doctor


For any
other question

Consult Tel-jeunes

Tel-Jeunes Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux