Condoms for Beginners

Condoms: A Guide for Beginners

Our complete guide on condoms is a must-read for both seasoned pros and curious newbies. Whatever you call them – johnnies, rubbers, French ticklers - we’re about to give you the scoop on everything you need to know about them.

How do condoms work?

Condoms are like the bouncers of your sexual encounters. They can help keep out the unwanted guests of STIs and unplanned pregnancies by creating a barrier between the penis, anus vagina, or mouth.

They’re the unsung heroes of safe, fun and worry-free encounters. They’re compact and discreet, ready to be whipped out at a moment’s notice. And don’t stress about putting it on - it’s easier than rolling up your favourite pair of socks. Just pinch the tip, roll it down, and you’re good to go.

Do condoms prevent STDs?

Condoms are one of the most reliable methods for preventing the spread of STDs. They act as a barrier, preventing bodily fluids from coming into contact with you or your partner's skin. This includes fluids that may contain viruses or bacteria that cause infections like HIV, gonorrhoea, chlamydia and herpes. Using condoms consistently and correctly greatly reduces the risk of contracting or spreading STDs.

While they hugely lower the risk of catching an STD, they’re not 100% guaranteed to prevent the transmission of STDs. It’s best to combine contraceptives to reduce your chances, maybe with the pill or copper coil.

Do I have to worry about the condom breaking?

Some sounds can stop you in your tracks. The crash of dishes, the screech of microphone feedback, hearing the words “the condom broke”.

Condoms can be super effective when used properly, but breakages aren’t unheard of. Thankfully this is pretty rare. When it does happen it’s usually because of improper storage, oil-based lubes, not leaving enough space at the tip, or using out of date condoms. So before you get down to business, check for damage, use water-based lubes and make sure your condom fits.

How should a condom fit?

Finding the proper fit is important for maximising the effectiveness of condoms. A condom that’s too tight might break, and one that’s too loose might slip off. For a comfortable and secure fit, choose condoms that are the right size for you.

Standard condoms typically fit most individuals, but if you find them too tight or too loose, consider trying larger or smaller sizes.

Remember, condoms should easily roll down and cover the entire length of your erection. If it’s coming up short or hanging low, you need a different size.

Which types of condoms are best?

When it comes to choosing condoms, you'll find a variety of options available, including latex, polyurethane (a type of plastic), nitrile and more. Latex condoms are the most common and effective option. If you or your playmate have a latex allergy, polyurethane condoms are the best alternative but they might not be as effective at preventing pregnancy – consider using more than one form of contraceptive with these kinds of condoms.

Choosing a condom is like choosing a position: it’s fun to experiment and explore which ones feel the most amazing. Today’s market is brimming with flavours, textures, and ultra-thin varieties that promise to enhance your pleasure. Ribbed, dotted, warming - the options are endless.

Can you use condoms twice?

No, condoms are designed for one-time use only. Reusing condoms increases the risk of breakage, tearing and the transmission of STDs.

Wrap it up

In the spirit of modern relationships, using condoms is a team effort. It’s not just one person’s job to think about protection. Be open, communicate and make the decision together. It’s a turn-on knowing you’re both invested in a safe, pleasurable experience. Nothing kills the mood like a nagging worry about safety. With a condom, you can focus on what really matters – connecting with your partner and enjoying the moment.

Turn the act of putting on a condom into part of your foreplay. Tease, laugh, make it a sensual experience. The right attitude can transform it from a chore into something you both look forward to. Condoms are your best friend if you want to have inhibited, care-free sex. Stay safe, stay protected and have fun playing!

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