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Choosing a Condom for Oral Sex

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Updated May 21, 2014

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When you want to have safe oral sex, it's important to choose the right sort of condom. Whether you'll be using the condom directly on a man or cutting it into a dental dam to use with a woman, you have plenty of options. Here are some things to think about.

  • There are plenty of reasons why condoms with N-9 are a bad idea, but there's one big reason why they're a bad idea for oral sex. Keep a spermicidally lubricated condom in your mouth for too long and your tongue will go numb. Plus, they taste remarkably unpleasant.

     

  • Some flavored condoms are rated for safe sex, others are just novelty items. When choosing a flavored condom, make certain to read the box. It should say whether or not the condom is actually appropriate for practicing safe sex.

     

  • Do not use oil-based food products as oral sex aids when using latex condoms for protection. Oil and latex don't mix, as it can degrade the material -- and leave you unprotected. Peanut butter, therefore, is a bad idea. Chocolate syrup is messy, but probably a better bet.

     

  • There are flavored lubricants available that are safe for both oral sex and vaginal or anal penetration, and some of them are even relatively tasty. Check the labels carefully, however, to see if the one you've chosen is labeled as safe for internal use. In particular, lubricants with sugar can disrupt normal yeast levels in the vagina and lead to an unpleasant infection. Most of the time, you're better off just switching condoms when you switch activities.

     

  • When in doubt about whether or not the condom you selected is up to par, switch condoms. Remember that you should never use the same condom for both anal and vaginal penetration, and it's better to switch after oral sex as well.

     

  • You can have an extra bit of fun with using condoms for oral sex if you put them on with your mouth.

 

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