Condom Q

Discussion in 'General Sex Discussion' started by kopeli, Oct 6, 2007.

  1. kopeli

    kopeli New Member

    Jul 30, 2007
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    rly dunno if its the correct palce to post this, but i was wondering,

    I'm quite new to this, there so many types of condoms, onoxynol 9, lubricated, latex or not, spermidical or whatever.

    Which one is the best and safer ? and why ?

  2. Bluesy

    Gold Member

    Aug 18, 2006
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    Forgo the spermicidal ones, they've got an ingredient that's banned in most countries (nonoxyl-9) because it's a powerful irritant (which can lead to infections and make contracting STDs easier, for a woman). Any of the major brands should be fine, and get the type that's already lubricated unless you want to apply your own lube. The "sensitive" condoms are thinner than normal, which is generally fine, but they do have a propensity for breaking more frequently than regular condoms. And remember, condoms have an efficacy rate of 85%. Make sure you're well-rehearsed at putting one on correctly and the odds of having one break on you will go down significantly (they usually break due to improper fit).

    Something else to keep in mind, condoms are not fool-proof protection against STDs. There is still always going to be a slight risk that you'll contract an STD anyway (certain viruses, such as Herpes and HPV, are passed from host to host via skin-to-skin contact, and can spread to the outer genitals, and even the upper thighs, and you can't cover them with a condom, obviously).

    Oral sex: use a flavored condom or dental dam unless you want to risk contracting incurable STDs (that you will then have to confess to every potential sex partner, and, as you can imagine, they have a way of limiting your prospects).