Recently, two of my friends asked me about choosing condoms. One of which had a bad experience. It always bums me out when the women (or anyone) I love have a less-than-satisfactory experience. I was happy to advise and I thought it might be a good time to share a little information with you guys. Keep in mind that this isn’t a “how-to,” but instead more of a “help with choosing.” The right condom is obviously important to men, but women are just as affected by the type of protection used. Yes, female condoms exist, but this post is focused on the penis covering kind.
1. Latex or Non-latex (Polyurethane and Lambskin) – One of the first things you need to decide is whether or not you’re going to use a latex or non-latex condom. Latex condoms are the most common, but many people are allergic to them. If you find that products made from latex irritate your skin, you don’t want that stuff coming in contact with your goods. Polyurethane condoms are thinner, which could mean more sensation, but they’re not quite as flexible as latex. Which one to use is based on your preference and skin situation. *Spermicidal lube/nonoxynol 9 – I haven’t seen proof that this stuff works, but have seen tons of evidence that this causes unhappy vaginas. I have also read reports of this stuff encouraging the spread of HIV.
2. Lubricated? Many condoms come lubricated. While I love lube and encourage using it, I tend to encourage people to use non-lubricated condoms along with their preferred water-based lubricant. All bodies are different, but often times people have adverse reactions to the lube used on condoms. You never know what you’re getting – glycerin, parabens or other chemicals that might cause adverse reactionse. Go with a lube you are comfortable with. Always use water-based or silicone-based lubricant! Oil-based varieties break down condoms. In addition, never use oil-based lube because it is difficult to wash from the vagina and in turn causes infections. Here’s the rub – I have yet to find a non-latex condom that is non-lubricated.
3. Size – Condoms come in about 1 trillion different sizes and shapes. Which one works best for you is based on his penis size and again, preference. There are “regular” sized, large and slight variations among the different brands. Some men choose the bigger condoms because they find the regular size to be too tight. As long as you can smooth the condom down his cock and get all of the air bubbles out, you’re good. Working out any air bubbles is a must as they can cause the condom to tear easily! When it comes to the ribs, ridges and bumps it is up to you as to what you tickles your fancy. Some people swear that texture makes all the difference while others feel nothing at all.
4. Flavored and Scented – No. Just, no. When you start adding flavors and scents to products you start adding for chemicals that are genuinely not good for your vagina. There is a good chance you’ll have some sort of reaction to that blueberry blast flavored meat sheet. Feel free to enjoy all of the fun you can stand with tastes and smells, but do it far away from your pussy! One thing I do want to point out (that really doesn’t have anything to do with this is subject at all): Vegan condoms exist. I had no idea.
I hope this helps in with choosing the right condom for you!