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blonde chick
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virgin talking here:
is there such thing as condom with spermicide all in one pack? and if you use lube with condoms and spermicide will it damage the condom it self in anyway? and would it be easier on a girl for her first time to use a lube?

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KittenGoddess
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Actually, we recommend using extra lube everytime. There's no such thing as having too much lube really.

As far as spermicides go, ya actually might want to avoid it. Alot of people are allergic to spermicides, and an allergic reaction will make you more susceptible to STD transmission.

Condoms generally come in one of three ways: unlubricated, lubricated, and spermicidal-lubricated. We generally recommend a good quality latex condom (some staff/user favorites are Durex and Kimono...and most of us avoid Trojans because several users have had really bad experiences with them) that's either lubricated or unlubricated, and an additional condom-safe, water-based lubricant (like Astroglide, KY Liquid, Wet, etc.).

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sorry for bugging ya again...i just read the article on condoms...
okay just to make it clear, do lubricated condoms come with lube allready? what condoms are the best fpr extra strength soo that it wont break

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Yes, lubricated condoms do come with a bit of lube already on them, but it's an excellent idea to grab a bottle of Astroglide or KY or some other lube to use in addition to what's on the condom. There's really not much on the condoms, and the more lube you use, the better your chances are of avoiding condom breakage. And it feels better too.

As for durability, around here, a lot of us like Durex. But again, using lots and lots of lube helps prevent broken condoms.

Hope this helps!

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http://www.scarleteen.com/forum/Forum21/HTML/000087.html

That article has several links to articles about condom quality that you might check out for information about how some condoms came out as far as quality testing. Interestingly enough, one of the articles notes that "extra strength" condoms really tested no better or worse than thin or regular ones. Basically, as long as the condom you're using 1)is used before the expiration date, 2)has been stored properly, and 3)is being used properly, then you should be fine. Keeping in mind that you should stick to using latex condoms unless you know you have a latex allergy (which means you should use the non-latex polyurethane condoms instead) with extra lube.

Kythryn is right, the lube that comes on lubricated condoms is definately not much. Especially when you also take into account that your natural vaginal lubrication won't stand up to the latex very well. So extra (water-based, condom-safe) lube really is a must to help prevent breakage and increase comfort.

As far as what condoms are best...you can't scrimp on quality, but beyond that, you and your partner have to find the condom that fits correctly and comfortably for you. Our overall board users seem to like Durex, Kimono, and Lifestyles as far as brands go, while generally avoiding Trojans because some have found them to be more likely to break.

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