Condom 101: Wrap It Up

1 Feb

Not only is February Black History Month, it is National Condom month as well!

Condoms have been around for the past 400 years and their basic intention is still the same; prevent disease and pregnancy. Now while earlier models were made from things like animal entrails and linen, today’s products are made with latex, polyurethane, and some still with animal membranes. Not all condoms are created equal, so try different kinds until you find the one that works for you.

Latex is probably the most popular condom material and it has amazing elastic properties. Drawbacks to using latex condoms come from people who have a latex allergy or when the condoms are combined with oil based lubricants which can compromise the condom and cause breakage. Stick to water-based or silicone lubricants.

Polyurethane is another type of condom material. It is thinner than latex and can conduct body heat better, giving the wearer a more “natural” feel. All lubricants, including oil based ones, can be used with this type of condom.

Animal membrane condoms are commonly known as “lambskin” condoms. The name is a misnomer because the condoms are actually made from sheep’s’ intestines. Unlike latex and polyurethane condoms, animal membrane condoms do NOT protect against most STD/STI’s, including HIV. Because this is a natural material, there are holes in the membranes that are large enough to allow in viruses, but small enough to stop sperm, which are larger.

Condoms can also come in different varieties as well. Some may be studded or ribbed to add additional external pleasure to the receiver. Some are flavored which can be beneficial because many find the taste of unflavored condoms unpalatable. Some may be colored, glow in the dark, or come in different sizes.

Speaking of size, men, be honest with yourselves and buy the right kind for you. As you know, penises come in many shapes and sizes. Some men do need to wear larger sized condoms because their penises do not fit in average sized ones. They run the risk of breaking the condom due to the tight fit and friction. Not to mention, it can be very uncomfortable wearing an overly tight condom. You want the fit to be snug, not strangled. Now at the same time, men with average sized men should not use the larger size condoms because it won’t properly stay on their penis and could potential slip off into their partner.

Here are some tips the next time you reach for your love glove-

  • Don’t keep condoms in your wallet. The constant pressure, rubbing, and friction can compromise the condom and lead to breakage.
  • Don’t open it with your teeth! Open it with your hands and save the teeth for elsewhere.
  • Only put a condom on an erect penis.
  • Use a new condom for every act of intercourse. If you’re doing PA and want to switch to PV, grab a new one.
  • Keep condoms at room temperature. Extreme temperatures can also compromise the condoms integrity.
  • After ejaculation and before the penis goes soft, hold the base of the condom and carefully pull out of your partner ensuring that no semen spills out.

Condom Brands that I recommend are

Durex – www.durex.com

Lifestyles – www.lifestyles.com

MAXPRO – www.maxprocondom.com

Trojan  – www.trojancondoms.com

Sensis – www.sensiscondoms.com

And if you reside in Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio, or Tennessee, you can find condoms and more at your local Cirillas store. Shop 24/7 at www.cirillas.com

I’ll leave you with one of my favorite “not for television” condom commercials and as always, when it comes to sex, everything is OK here.

2 Responses to “Condom 101: Wrap It Up”

  1. annnoriginal February 1, 2012 at 11:09 am #

    The “not for television” commercial really nails (pun intended) your point of “when it comes to sex, everything is okay here”

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