Types of Condoms
Condoms Made of Latex or Polyurethane
- Latex condoms can only be used with water based lubricants, not oil based lubricants such as petroleum based products or hand lotion as they break down the latex.
- Allergic to latex? No problem. Use polyurethane! They are made from a type of plastic and can be used with both oil and water based lubricants. They are also thinner than latex condoms which can increase sensitivity.
The Lubrication on Condoms Varies
- Some condoms are not lubricated; some are lubricated with a silicone substance or have a water-based lubricant.
- The lubrication on condoms makes the condom easier to put on and more comfortable to use. It can also help prevent condom breakage.
- Lubricants also come in various flavors (banana, cherry, cola, chocolate, mint, etc.). Note that flavored condoms should only be used for oral sex.
- Some condoms can contain spermicide, which is a chemical product that inactivates or kills sperm to prevent pregnancy.
Condoms Come in a Variety of Shapes
- Condoms are made in different lengths and widths. Different manufacturers produce different sizes, shapes and colors.
- The width of a condom can also vary. Some condoms have a slightly smaller width to give a 'snugger' fit, whereas others will be slightly larger for increase/decrease in sensitivity.
- Ultra thin condoms are for those who say "I don't like the way they feel." These condoms make it seem like there is no barrier. They also can increase sensitivity.
- Condoms may be regular shaped, which have straight sides. These can come in a variety of colors and textures.
- Form fit, which is indented below the head of the penis. This increases sensitivity for males who wear them.
- Flared, this is wider over the head of the penis (similar to a light bulb). The extra latex increases sensitivity for both men and women.
- Ribbed/studded condoms are textured with ribs or bumps, which can increase sensation for both partners. Ribbed condoms increase sensitivity for both men and women, while studded increases sensitivity for women. Some condoms even have both ribbed and studded on a single condom.
Condoms Also Come in a Variety of Colors as Well as Glow in the Dark
Condoms are available to buy from adult boutiques, supermarkets, convenience stores and gas stations. You can also get them from your local public health office or family planning clinic. Vending machines selling condoms are found in restrooms at many locations. You can even order them from online distributors.
There are no age limits for buying condoms. Buying a condom no matter how old you are shows that you are taking responsibility for your actions.
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