When looking for a condom, what should you check the labels for to see if they are recommended or not? Also, my b/f and I don't have drivers license yet so we can't go get them by ourselves, instead we're having a friend do it. How do you know which ones to get, like by size and stuff like that? I have no clue what to look for since it'll be our first time in 2 years! Help please!
You'll have to experiment with different kinds of condoms. Some work better for some people than others, and a lot of it is personal choice. You may prefer to use a condom like Trojan, compared to one like Durex or Crown. Try different kinds to see which ones work best or fir best.
Also, remember to use a lotta lube. You can purchase them easily at drug and grocery stores, and they come in a many brands, such as Astroglide and KY.
coolchick, here are the things every condom label should be able to tell you:
EXPIRATION DATE -- this is the big thing! don't use a rubber that's within a month of expiring, and definitely don't use one that's past due
Lubed? -- is it lubed or not? some people like theirs lubed in the packet, others like them dry; in either case, use extra water-based lube with them to prevent breakage
Spermicide -- does it have spermicidal ingredients? if so, avoid them! spermicide can irritate the vagina or cause allergic reactions, plus they can make women MORE likely to pick up a STD. the condom does a fine job of trapping the sperm anyway; killing them would be a little redundant
Latex or polyurethane -- what's the condom made of? some folks have allergies to latex, so they need to use polyurethane condoms
and if you need variety, most brands make boxes of 3 condoms, so you can have your friend pick up a few different varieties for you and you won't need to spend too much.
and don't forget the LUBE. KY liquid is easy to find. Astroglide is a good brand and also fairly common. Just make sure it's water-based and NOT oil, since oil can dissolve a condom.
last point, if you can't drive, ask your friend to help you and your partner go for doctor visits. part of being safe when it comes to sex is for both of you to get semi-annual STD tests. getting tested for your partner shows you care
Condomania.com has a wonderful "condom wizard" to help you pick the right brand...it was really informative, and even witty and fun to boot!
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