are condoms used?
using a condom, you check for holes and review the expiry date. [Note:
never carry a condom in a hot, confined place such as your wallet.
Always ensure they are kept out of direct sunlight.] Squeeze the tip
to release the air and then roll the condom down to the base of the
penis. Some rolled latex will remain at the base of the penis to make
it easier to pull the condom off after ejaculation. Be sure that your
fingernails or jewelry do not damage or rip the condom. After orgasm,
the man should hold the base of the condom during withdrawal from
the vagina or anus. After the condom is away from the genitals of
the partner, the condom can be safely removed.
use a condom more than once.
Always use a latex condom for effective prevention of STDs.
Lubricated condoms offer more protection from breakage and spillage
Always use water-based lubricants. (We recommend Astroglide)
Unlubricated condoms are best for oral sex.
concerns when using condoms
of the problems with a condom is that you must interrupt foreplay
momentarily to put it on. Some people get wrapped up in the moment
and forget to practice safer sex. Making the condom a part of your
sexual ritual will go a long way to ensuring proper use. An additional
incentive to use condoms are the many varieties and brands to choose
from. Condoms come in different sizes and some have special ridges
to increase enjoyment for both partners. Experiment with different
brands until you find the one that is best for you. For those who
find that condoms reduce sensitivity during intercourse, we recommend
trying Crown Condoms from Okamoto, the makers of Beyond Seven. This
is the thinnest condom on the market and much less noticeable than
other condoms. For more on enjoying condoms in safer sex see our Making
It Fun section. Another concern is that latex condoms are weakened
by oil based lubricants such as Vaseline, edible oils and medications.
If you wish to use lubricants during sex play make sure that they
are water based.