What are condoms?
Definitely “better than a tube sock!”
Condoms a.k.a. rubber, wrap, sheath
For many people, condoms are the cheapest and easiest form of birth control (other than not having sex). It’s a bonus that they also protect us against most STD’s.
Kinds of Condoms
What kind of condoms is there?
How They Work
How do condoms work?
Steps for correctly using a condom:
1. Check the date on the wrapper or box. It may not protect you if used after the expiration date.
2. Open the package carefully so you don’t rip the condom.
3. The condom is more comfortable if you use a lubricant to make it slippery. Use a water-based lubricant such as KY jelly or Astroglide. Don’t use an oil-based lubricant like Vaseline, massage oil or hand lotion. The oil destroys the latex.
4. Pinch the tip and roll the condom onto the erect penis.
5. Leave about a 1/2″ space at the end of the condom for the semen to collect in. Some condoms have a nipple at the end for this purpose.
6. The penis must be withdrawn as soon as the male ejaculates because his penis gets smaller quickly and the condom can slip off and leak. He should hold the condom against the base of the penis and pull both the condom and the penis out of the vagina together.
What are the advantages?
What are the disadvantages?
What do they cost?
Have a Smooth Ride! Lubricant is a fluid that is used to make vaginal or anal intercourse safer and more comfortable. It can also be used when inserting a finger or dildo into the vagina or anus. It’s important to use lubricants that are made specifically for sex, because they are water-based. This kind of lubricant is not harmful to the body. Do not use oil-based lubricants such as baby oil or Vaseline with a latex condom, because they will break down the latex condom.
Most condoms are made already lubricated…but it’s a good idea to check that they are lubricated before using them. If not, use extra lubricant. You don’t need to use a lot of lubricant, just a few drops on the outside of the condom before penetration.
PS: Oil-based lubricants do not break down polyurethane condoms.
|Barriers for Oral Sex|
Some STDs (such as herpes and genital warts) can be spread by oral sex (mouth to genitals). If you have oral sex you need to be careful… look where you put your mouth. However, it is also true that in some cases you cannot see STDs, such as herpes and genital warts.
To protect yourself from getting an STD through oral sex, you can use a barrier. For oral sex on a man, you can put a condom on the penis before you put your mouth on it. If you are giving oral sex to a woman you can put a barrier over the vulva (vagina area). Examples of barriers to use on a woman are a non-lubricated condom cut in half, piece of Saran wrap, or a dental dam.
Note! When using a condom as a barrier for oral sex it’s a good idea to use non-lubricated condoms because the lubricant is not the most pleasant tasting.
|Talk the Talk|
Talking to a boyfriend or girlfriend about safer sex can be difficult and embarrassing. Often the person who brings up the topic can feel like they are admitting that they have an STD, or that they sleep around. This is not true!!!! Talking about sex does not mean that you are having sex and talking about safer sex does not mean you have an STD. It means you are playing it smart!
Here are some tips for bringing up the issue of safer sex with a potential partner:
Remember that talking about STDs does not mean you don’t trust your partner. You’re not blaming or assuming your partner has a disease. Talking about it protects you both.
Adapted from ‘Flying Safe – Condoms (His & Hers)’ © 2001 Vancouver Coastal Health Authority. All rights reserved.