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Condom Buyers' Guide

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Updated April 30, 2014

Condom Buyers' Guide

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Condom Buyers' Guide

There are many types of condoms available. It's a matter of figuring out which is the right one for you!

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Condom Buyers' Guide

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Although lubricated, latex condoms are relatively all purpose standbys, they may not be the best condom for all occasions. When you're choosing a condom, it's important to think about what you are going to be using it for.

  • Will your condom be used for oral sex?
  • Does your partner have allergies to latex?
  • Do you want the condom to protect against STDs or just pregnancy?
  • Do you want the condom you choose to spice up your love life?
There are many types of condoms you can use to practice safe sex. This guide will help you pick the one that will best suit your needs.

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Choosing a Condom for Safe Sex

When it comes to choosing a condom to make your sex safer, it's all about the material. Latex condoms, polyurethane condoms, and polyisoprene condoms can all be used to protect against a variety of STDs. In contrast, skin condoms can only be used to prevent pregnancy.

Note: Most people with latex allergies can use either polyurethane or polyisoprene condoms safely.

 

To Lubricate... Or Not To Lubricate

Although a good sexual lubricant, preferably one that does not contain nonoxynol-9, is an essential component of your safer sex routine, pre-lubricated condoms aren't always the best choice. If your partner has allergies, you're planning using the condoms for oral sex, or even if you simply prefer to have more control over your choices and sensations, it may be better to start with unlubricated condoms and add the lube of your choice.

 

Using Condoms To Spice Up Your Sex Life.

Although many people think of safe sex as a chore, it doesn't have to be. A creative use of condoms can actually make your sex life more exciting. Trying out colored, flavored, or textured condoms can be a fun way to add variety to your sex life, and doing so could even spark other forms of sexual exploration

 

Other Safe Sex Options

The male condom isn't the only safer sex supply you should know about. In addition to the female condom, as an alternative for vaginal intercourse, there are other supplies that you might need for various forms of sexual activity - including gloves, finger cots, and dental dams.

 

Size Matters

One of the tricks to finding a condom you like may be choosing one of the right size. Just as not every man is built the same, neither is every condom. Too small, and the condom could be uncomfortable. Too large, and the condom could slip off. Most men will be much happier using condoms that fit well, and to facilitate that, condoms come in quite a range of sizes. It can require some experimentation to find the one that works best for you. I often recommend that people go to one of the online condom stores to buy a variety pack. It's a great way to find the style and brand that will be the most comfortable and pleasurable for the types of sex you want to have.

 

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