Condom buying is serious matter. Choosing from the myriad of condoms available depends on your primary and secondary reasons for using a condom.
At one time or another, we have to buy condoms. Some people are embarrassed, confused or frustrated by the experience. Condoms perform two functions; namely, to prevent unplanned pregnancies and protect against STD. Actually, there are two types of condoms; the male and the female. The male condom is more popular.
You should select a condom as carefully as you would select a shirt. Preferably, your should get your partner involved in condom selection. Rule one is to check the expiry date. Never buy an expired condom. Next, is the condom plain or textured? Textured condoms feature grooves, ridges and bumps to increase stimulation, thus enhancing pleasure. However, these textured condoms may be too rough for women who are still new to sex.
Next, you should consider of the material the condom is made of. Condoms are be either made of latex, polyurethane or lambskin. Latex condoms can be used only with water-based lubricants, and not oil-based lubricants. However, some people are allergic to latex and have to use condoms made of polyurethane which is a type of plastic. Thinner than latex condoms, polyurethane counterparts increase sensitivity. However, they cost more than latex condoms and suffer from the disadvantage of being less flexible, thus need more lubrication. However, they can be used with both oil and water-based lubricants. Lambskin condom can stop sperm, but viruses and bacteria can get right through the pores. Such condoms are also more likely to break than latex condoms.
Condoms may or may not be lubricated. Make sure you are not allergic to the lubricant. Never use an oil-based lubricant such as baby oil on a latex condom as it may cause it to break. A non-lubricated condom allows you to choose your own personal lubricant or choose not to use lubricant for a more natural feel.
As they say, size is also important. There is no standard size for condoms, and they come in different lengths and widths, depending on the manufacturer. Is the condom too big or too small in terms of width and length? A condom that is too small is obviously too tight and can break easily, while one that is too big can slip off! Condoms that are too short don’t offer full protection as the lower shaft of the penis may come into contact with vaginal fluids during intercourse, and are prone to spillage. Also, a condom with a reservoir tip is preferable than one with a plan tip as the reservoir helps to hold the torrent of sperm.
Some condoms contain spermicide. These are chemical products that inactivate or kill sperm to prevent pregnancy. Condoms containing spermicide are more effective in preventing pregnancy.
Condoms can come in different colours, ranging from cream, red, purple to black! The choice of colour is a personal preference. Want to spice up your sex life? Novelty stores also sell glow-in-the-dark condoms as well as flavoured condoms. Peppermint, strawberry, and vanilla are the more popular flavours. Some condoms are super-thin to increase pleasure. However, super-thin condoms should be avoided for anal intercourse as more strain is placed on the condom. Thicker condoms should be used.
The last thing about selecting condoms is to feel shy. Don’t rush into a pharmacy or convenience store, blindly pick a packet, pay for it and rush out, feeling embarrassed. Hold your head high, scan the selections available and read the labels carefully. Nevertheless, there are also many online condom stores you can buy from.
In condom selection, what is important is to discuss with your partner your preferences so that you are using condoms that satisfy both of you. Storage of condoms is also important. Never keep them in hot places such as the glove compartment of your car or in a table drawer exposed to direct sunlight. Needless to say, never use a condom twice.