A Deep Dive Into Condoms

A Deep Dive Into Condoms
February 14, 2024
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It’s National Condom Week and though many of us generally know what a condom is, there are a lot of important details about condoms that are not known. There are also so many ways you can use condoms to add more pleasure and sensation to your sexual activities. So let’s dive into the world of possibilities with condoms.

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Internal Condom

Did you know…

There are actually two types of condoms. We all pretty much know what external condoms are. They are the ones that go onto penis and toys. There is a second condom though–the internal condom. The internal condom is very similar to the external condom with a few differences. The internal condom is longer and wider, in terms of circumference. The difference in size is to allow for comfortable use, whether it is being used vaginally or anally. The internal condom is able to be put in hours before play, unlike the external condom that can only be put on to an erect penis.

Versatility of Condoms

Condoms are generally thought of being for one singular purpose–not getting pregnant, but they are actually versatile in their uses. You can use them as a barrier method for insertable toys for easy clean up. Condoms can also be used to make dental dams if you are in a pinch. You would just need to cut off the tip of the condom and then down the middle and then you have a DIY dental dam.

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Dental Dam

Condoms may seem like a more recent invention, but they have been used for centuries, though they looked a little different. In early history condoms were known as sheaths and were used by the Egyptians, Romans, Greeks, and many other cultures. The first condom is believed to have been used around 3000 BC by the king of Crete. Condoms used to be made of sheep and cow intestines and over time the material changed to be rubber and now today we have condoms made of latex, polyisoprene, and polyurethane. 

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Non-Latex Condoms

Things to Know About Using Condoms

With their being so many different materials used for condoms today, it is important to know what is safe to use with different materials. The bulk of condoms available today are made of latex, which is important to keep in mind in case someone has a latex allergy. Polyisoprene and polyurethane condoms are great alternatives if someone does have a latex energy. Regardless of the condom material you should avoid using oil-based lubricants as the oil can break down condom materials. Water-based, silicone, and hybrid lubes are all safe to use with all condom materials.

The Fun of Condoms

We know that condoms can prevent pregnancy and the spread of STIs, but they can also make sexual activity fun and exciting. You can use flavored condoms for oral sex to make it more pleasurable and enjoyable for the giver. You can also use glow-in-the-dark condoms for some fun in the dark. You can also have some fun with condoms that provide different sensations, such as ribbing or studs. You can also put condoms on in fun and exciting ways, like rolling a condom down on a penis or a toy with your mouth. 

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Flavored Condoms

If you are new to using condoms you should try out a few different types of condoms to find the one that works for you and your partner(s). If you are looking for a recommendation for condoms to try out my favorites are Skyn condoms and One Vanish condoms. It is a good idea to keep condoms on hand because you never know when the fun will commence, and it is better to always be prepared.

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