The safest way to have sex is to use condoms. Get the low-down on the best way to put a condom on and take it off.
You can always find a condom at your local pharmacy, at the grocery store or at some fuel stations. If getting the condom’s not the awkward part, what is? Talking to your partner?
Sex with condoms is just not that great…
Are you sure about that?
When you’ve got everything from glow-in-the-dark, coloured, french ticklers, warming, ridged, flavoured to tingling pleasure condoms, if you’re bored, you’re just not being creative.
When do you use a condom?
It’s vital you know that each condom can only be used once, so carry a spare condom or two. Also, if you’re using sex toys, like dildo’s, it’s a good idea to use condoms on those, as sexual fluids and STIs can be transmitted if you are sharing.
Should you use a condom during oral sex?
It’s a good idea because you can even catch an STI during oral sex with a penis.
Whether you are receiving or giving oral sex you should use a condom to prevent body fluids (semen, blood, vaginal fluids) from being passed from one person to the other.
Also, some STIs can be transmitted from the mouth to the genitals or anus.
Do condoms prevent pregnancy too?
Yes, there are other forms of contraception out there. But condoms are the only form of protection that prevent pregnancy and STIs, including HIV. If getting pregnant is not on the cards now then you need to use both contraception (e.g. the pill) and condoms.
What kind of condom is best for you?
You might be surprised but this is quite an important question. Condoms come in all different shapes and sizes. Ok, maybe not shapes, but you get the picture. There are so many brands, textures, colours and flavours. Some are also lubricated or non-lubricated, latex or non-latex. So why not try a few different types of condoms so you know what’s best for you. It’s a good idea to get a mixed box and see how you go.
Nervous about buying condoms?
The first thing is – you’re not alone. Most people are a little nervous about buying condoms, especially if it’s your first time (no, not that first time). You look around the store hoping there are no other customers around; and then there’s the cashier…will they be judgemental…
Just remember that today, people view the purchasing of condoms as pretty normal. And trust us, the cashier sells plenty of condoms every day. It’s nothing new for them.
What to do if the condom breaks?
There are 4 steps you need to follow if the condom breaks at any time during sexual activity.
Stop what you’re doing
Take off the broken condom
Put a new one on
Since you both may have been exposed to one another’s body fluids, it’s important that you both get tested for STIs. If you are also worried about unplanned pregnancy, the Emergency Contraceptive Pill or ‘morning after pill’ is available over the counter at pharmacies.