First post here. I did some searching but I couldn't find what I was looking for. It's nice to finally find a forum that seems to have intelligent people who post often, as opposed to some other forums I've found on google that people have only responded 2 or 3 times since the turnover of year 2000. :eyes My girlfriend goes to college, but she also lives at home during the summer. Now, since she lives at home, there's no way shape or form she can get her hands on some pill form birth control without her parents knowing, is there? Her parents are very nice people, and treat me like a son, but they are incredibly naive and would only cut off my willie and chain her to the side of the house if they ever found out that we've done anything. Anyway, about the condoms. Her and I have just been using condoms, but they always are the spermicidal kind, and I even pull out before I go. I never go inside her even with the condom on. I constantly check it and lube it up/put it on properly before we do anything. Now, I've been reading a lot that the spermicide can actually cause sores which are only more vulnerable to STDs... well, I don't care, her and I lost our virginity to each other so the STD thing is out. Now, the sores wouldn't at all contribute to a higher rate of pregnancy, would it? I read it did but I could of sworn it was a typo... And for the final question, this may seem kind of weird but after finishing and taking the condom off, I have a holding it out in front of me and blow downward, forcing air into it. Then, clamping the top shut to trap the air, and pinching it shut as if it were a small balloon. Then I take about 10 seconds to examine it and make sure no semen is coming out and there's no visible tears, then simply toss it away. Now, if there is no air leaking or anything, and I'm positive that I put the condom on right and didn't have any spillage, then I guess it's safe to say that no whoopsies could occur? Sure, nothing is 100%, but still... you guys I'm sure understand what I mean by that. Oh, lastly... the spermicide in the condoms, does it even do anything? There's times where I just want to take a dive for some oral after we're "done" but it tastes like I'm biting into a block of petrolium jelly... I've thought about going with some flavored condoms, but for some reason I just don't want to let go of the spermicidal ones... Even though it may not be a huge help, every little bit DOES help... I just get the oral out of the way first, and stick to the spermicidal ones... *shrugs* Any opinions, info, stories, etc would be helpful.