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Condoms - Flavored

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Updated May 21, 2014

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Price:

Average. In general, flavored condoms don't cost more than other condoms.

Ease of Acquisition:

Available at many drugstores, with more options available online.

Use During Vaginal Intercourse:

Read the box to see if the product is recommended for use during vaginal sex, since some flavorings could cause irritation. In particular, avoid putting sugary flavored lubricants into the vagina, since they could increase the risk of a yeast infection.

Use During Oral Sex:

Oral sex is the raison d'etre of flavored condoms. Once you are certain they're not simply a novelty item (see below), go to town.

Use During Anal Sex:

Read the box. Some of the flavoring ingredients could cause unpleasant problems if used for any kind of sex other than oral. If the box says not to use the condoms for vaginal sex, you should avoid using them for anal sex as well.

The Verdict:

Flavored condoms, or condoms with flavored personal lubricants, are often marketed as a way to improve the experience of performing safe oral sex, specifically safer blowjobs. When purchasing them, however, you need to be very certain that they are not being sold strictly as a novelty item. Consider sticking to well known condom brands' flavored varieties, and check the box; there should be a statement about their suitability for use during actual sex (or lack thereof).

Finally, if you're really looking for a tasty treat to spice up your sex life, I recommend buying an assortment. You may find that the taste of some of the flavored condoms is more likely to make you gag than the flavor of plain old latex.

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