Couple learn why you shouldn't use a plastic bag instead of a condom the hard way

Two people were admitted to hospital in Vietnam after attempting to have sex using a plastic bag instead of a condom.

Nguyen The Luong, deputy director of Hanoi Nephrology Hospital, said the two students had used the plastic bag because they felt too shy about buying proper contraception, according to the Tuoi Tre newspaper.

Because the bag's material lacked elasticity and lubrication, they ended up scratching their genitals to the point of bleeding.

The pair were given antibiotics and disinfectants for their injuries.

Sex education is a sensitive issue in Vietnam. The country's high abortion rate is attributed both to a societal preference for sons but also to couples not using contraception.

In an interview with The Guardian, the director of Medical Committee Netherlands Vietnam said that social stigma can make it difficult for young people to buy contraceptives, and discussing contraceptives is difficult between couples.

Another report in Vietnamnet.vn suggested that students struggle to find adequate information about sex from their schools, instead receiving it from leaflets, online sites and information sharing with friends.

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