Male Condoms

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Male condoms are a thin sheath, made of various materials, that fit over a man's erect penis during sex. They are considered to be an effective over-the-counter barrier method of reversible birth control. Additionally, the use of condoms decreases the risk for sexually transmitted diseases.

Other than a vasectomy, condoms are the only available method of birth control designed for men.

Male condoms, are also known as:

  • Rubbers
  • Prophylactics
  • Cock Safes
  • Types Of Condoms

    Trying to pick out a condom can be a fun and interesting experience.
    Given there are so many types and styles of condoms, some find choosing the right condom difficult.

    Not all condoms are made the same. Let\'s break down some of the condom options.

    Condoms can be made from:
  • Latex
  • Natural membrane (Lambskin)
  • Polyurethane (Plastic)
  • Polyisoprene (Non-Latex Rubber)

  • Condoms can be:
  • Coloured
  • Transparent
  • Flavoured
  • Vegan-Friendly
  • Contain Intensifying Lubricant
  • Contain Spermicide
  • Lubricated
  • Non-Lubricated
  • Powdered
  • Ribbed, Studded, or Textured
  •    (Check to see if the condom contains nonoxynol-9 because there are certain warnings associated with frequent use of this spermicide)

    No matter what type of male condom you choose, it is very important to read the labels. Novelty condoms may not protect you against pregnancy and/or sexually transmitted diseases.

    Choosing A Condom

    All condoms (besides lambskin condoms) do exactly the same thing - prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

    Some things to consider when deciding on condom types:

    Will condoms be your primary form of birth control and sexually transmitted disease prevention?
    What size condom do you need?
    Do you understand how to use condoms?
    Do you prefer a condom that is more form-fitting or flared?
    Thinner or thicker?
    The list of considerations goes on and on…

    Your answers will help narrow down your decision about which type of male condom to use.

    How Condoms Work

    Condoms act as a barrier by collecting and containing ejaculate before, during, and after a male ejaculates. This can prevent sperm from coming into contact with the inside of the vagina and from fertilizing a female\’s egg. Condoms can also block sexually transmittable disease-causing organisms from coming into contact with a non-infected partner\'s skin.

    Buying Condoms

    Condoms are sold at most drugstores or supermarkets
    Costco carries a large tin at economical prices.
    You can also buy condoms online or through mail order and may even be able to get free condoms at family planning clinics or university medical centers.


    Condoms as with anything, have price points all over the map. Basing your decisions solely on price may put you at risk of an unwanted pregnancy or potentially exposing you to contracting a sexually transmittable disease.

    Specialty condoms designed to enhance sexual pleasure as well as polyurethane, polyisoprene, and lambskin condoms will be more expensive than regular latex male condoms.


    When questioned; both men and women admit they have better sex when they use condoms. That it is easier to focus on their sexual pleasure once the worry of unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections is gone. Some men may also maintain their erection longer when they use condoms.

    Some complain that taking time out to put a condom on is a mood breaker and a real downer, adventurous couple incorporate the putting on of condoms into their foreplay.

    One sexy and very visually erotic way is for the female/partner to hold the condom in her mouth and using her mouth slide the condom down their partners shaft.

    Condoms are also:

  • Convenient and easy to obtain
  • Inexpensive
  • Can be used with other birth control methods
  • Lightweight
  • Disposable
  • Extremely effective in preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections
  • Positive Medical Side Effects

    Besides preventing pregnancy, condoms can offer additional benefits, including:

    Preventing sperm from entering woman\'s vagina or your partner\'s anus.
       This may lower the chances that her body will produce antibodies against the sperm - one of the causes of infertility.
    Helping to relieve premature ejaculation and maintain longer erections.
       This is because condoms compress the outer veins of the penis, they can be helpful for men who have difficulty keeping an erection.


    There are also some disadvantages to the use of condoms, such as:

    Some men and women feel that the condom dulls sensation.
    Some men are unable to maintain an erection after putting on a condom.
    Some sexual excitement may be lost when sex play is interrupted to put on a condom.
    Friction caused by condoms may reduce female stimulation - which can make sex less enjoyable or even uncomfortable.
       Using lubricated condoms may avoid this issue.
    Some men are self-conscious about using and/or putting on condoms.
    Sex may be less enjoyable since a man must withdraw his penis immediately after ejaculation.
    Condoms may be uncomfortable to wear.
       Experimenting with different condom sizes and types can help with this issue.
    A man may feel pressure to maintain an erection in order to keep the condom on.
    A woman cannot feel the warm fluid of the semen entering her body (some women care about this, some do not).
    Condoms cannot be recycled.
    Pre-planning is required to have condoms ready in anticipation of having sex.
    Some women and men are allergic to latex condoms.
       Although generally more expensive, the couple can opt for non-latex condoms.


    Condoms should be kept in a cool, dry place and be handled gently.

    They should not be exposed to heat, light, air, or sunlight for long periods of time.

    This means that condoms should not be stored in the glove compartment of your car or carried in your wallet or back pocket (unless you are planning on using the condom that day).
       Because the friction caused by opening and closing a wallet and from walking may cause tiny holes to develop in the condom.
    If the condom seems:

  • Discoloured
  • Brittle
  • Sticky
  • It may also be more likely to break. So, throw it away and buy a new one.
    That means: The condom you were all excited about getting at 14 or 15 and have carried in your wallet ever since is not only more than likely expired but absolutely useless in protecting both you and your partner!


    An extremely important point is to realize that condom size does matter.
       Because of this, you may want to figure out your penis size, so you can pick out the condom that will fit most securely and comfortably.
    We know that in fantasy that ever single guy requires an XXL condom, but in all reality condom size a serious matter.

    Navigating condom sizes may be tricky as different manufacturers have different standards for categorizing their condoms by size. But it is super important that the condom you are using is not too big or too small.

    Other things to be aware of:
    Condoms deteriorate with age.
       If properly stored, male condoms will be effective until the expiration date printed on the condom\'s wrapper.
    Don\'t double-bag condoms (using two male condoms or a male condom and female condom at the same time).
    Condoms come in various lengths, widths, and thickness, so a man should try different condom brands and styles to find out which fits best.
       Most packages do not indicate size.
    The materials/chemicals in your condoms could affect your health.
       It may be good to find out what is in your condoms, but sometimes this can be difficult because condom packages don't readily display this information.
    Only use water-based lubricants intended for use with condoms or silicone-based lubricants. Any oil-based or petroleum-based products can rapidly deteriorate condoms making them less effective potentially putting your and your partners health at risk..

    Effectiveness Against Pregnancy

    If you use condoms perfectly every single time you have sex, they\'re 98% effective at preventing pregnancy. Using a condom perfectly involves following the instructions and using them every time you have vaginal, anal, or oral sex, there\’s very little chance of pregnancy, or getting or giving an sexually transmitted disease.

    But people aren\'t perfect, so in real life condoms are about 85% effective - that means about 15 out of 100 people who use condoms as their only birth control method will get pregnant each year.

    To be most effective, condoms should be put on before the penis comes into contact with or enters the vagina. A condom must also be carefully removed immediately after ejaculation. Semen should not come into any contact with the vagina as the condom is being removed.

    The effectiveness of condoms is compromised when:
    The condom breaks due to manufacturing defects (extremely rare) or user error.
    Semen leaks out from a condom during withdrawal.
    The penis comes into contact with the vagina before the condom is on (the condom is not put on early enough).
    Condoms are used during underwater sex.

    Lubricated condoms that have spermicide (sperm-destroying agent) provide an additional level of protection in preventing pregnancy. Condoms can be even more effective if you add additional spermicide to a lubricant, especially in case some semen leaks from the opening of the condom.

    Sexually Transmitted Disease Protection

    Male condoms are one of the only birth control methods that can provide protection against sexually transmitted infections.

    They can help reduce the risk of contracting:

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Trichomoniasis
  • Syphilis
  • HIV
  • Hepatitis
  • Chancroid
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease.

    Condoms can also protect against vaginitis caused by trichomoniasis or changes in the pH balance of the vagina that can be triggered by semen.

    Condoms offer some protection of HPV/Genital Warts or Herpes - if the infected area is covered by the condom.

    Condoms provide protection from sexually transmitted diseases to both partners during anal and oral sex.
    Only latex condoms, non-latex condoms, and polyurethane condoms can effectively prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.
    Condoms made of natural animal membranes (lambskin) may have tiny pores that infectious organisms can pass through, even though sperm cannot.

  • Using condoms may not be as simple as you first think. Sometimes, it seems condoms get a bad rap.

    Some men may complain about using them.
    But, condoms can be fun, they can be tasty, and they can even glow in the dark!

    Condoms have been used for over 12,000 years, a lot of misinformation has still accumulated.
    The bottom line is that condoms are the only birth control method that offers both pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease protection.
    They are easy to use and inexpensive to buy.

    You can also get creative with male condoms and find sexy ways to bring them into your lovemaking.
    Just remember, if you want your condom to be most effective, you need to wear one with that perfect fit. Plus, the more comfortable your male is, the more likely you'll use it every time you have sex -which increases your condom\'s effectiveness even more! .

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