We see them everywhere: in department stores, glove compartments, wallets, cabinets, shelves, under the bed, attached to flower leis — the list goes on and on. I’m talking about the powerful tool crafted for the use of safe sex, the condom.
If you are a first-time shopper of the condom, it generally is confusing to figure out what material, type or size you should get. With all the branding noise, it’s tough to get to a solid purchase. Forget about the Trojan or Durex labels and just read what they can do for you.
Size should be the first thing
to think about if you don’t really know. I say, if you know you’re not very large, then try not to purchase an extra large. It’ll just slip off. Buying a larger condom for the sake of a title isn’t cool when your protection doesn’t, well, protect.
Second, what about the material? Condoms are made in variety of materials, but of the most common are latex and polyurethane.
Latex condoms are the most popular for their elasticity but are criticized for uselessness with many lubricants. Oil-based lubricants damage the latex, which causes the condom to break during intercourse.
Polyurethane condoms, also known as “synthetic” condoms, are more durable through various activities. But durability usually draws back the elasticity factor.
However, they can be used with lubricants, no problem.
Material is just one aspect of a condom. What about the special attributes manufacturers advertise on certain condoms? These attributes are the usual selling point for condoms, and there are many varieties.
Let’s face it: Sometimes wearing a condom can make you feel detached from the moment.
Thin condoms are used for those that want to feel like they’re not using protection at all. Trojan sells their “Ultra Thin” and Durex sells their “Avanti Bare.” Due to the fact that these condoms are thinner than thin, they have been lined with spermicidal lubricants. As the name suggests, the lubricant kills sperm as a last ditch effort if the condom were to break.
We all know that it is
comparatively more difficult to please women compared to the heightened sensitivity of the male appendage.
In response, manufacturers have developed a “long-lasting” condom, advertised to help control the climax, or orgasm, for males. The interior of these condoms are lined with benzocaine, a topical anesthetic, resulting in a slightly numb appendage that can last longer through sex. Trojan sells their “Extended” brand while Durex sells their “Performax” brand.
The next type you will probably see is the ribbed condom. Trojan sells their “Ultra Ribbed” and Durex sells their “Ribbed.” Ribbed just means they’ve raised multiple portions of the condom for better stimulation during intercourse. The exterior ribbing rubs against the involved orifice,
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causing a satisfactory friction. The list of condom types goes on and on, from mixing a variety of these types to fire and ice
The last, and most important,
thing in this condom lesson is to always use a condom correctly.
You should always use a new condom every time you have sex. If your condom can’t handle oil- based lubricants, be sure to use water-based lubricants instead.
And finally, you should be using the condom from the first moment you penetrate through the last moment of ejaculation.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has listed other ways to use a condom correctly on their website. You can find them at the following website: http://1.usa. gov/PC4oxz.
With those things in mind, happy pickings!