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WesLuck
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I bought some condoms advertised as thinner. Does it matter whether you get thinner or thicker condoms?
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I've just read the Scarleteen condom guide, and I would guess that it depends on what you and your partner (if there is one) want. But as to likelihood of breaking, it seems as if anything the thinner ones are *less* likely to break.
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Saffron Raymie
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Yep, they are less likely to break. However, all condoms are extremely effective, and when used properly, they are very unlikley to break.

We recommend practicing how to use them before relying on them to protect against STIs and pregnancy by themselves. You can do this buy rolling them onto something, like a deoderant can or a banana. I know that sounds a little silly, but practice is practice. [Smile]

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WesLuck
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Actually, I've already tested them, once at least, when masturbating (and had an orgasm). I don't have a partner at the moment, but I wanted to be ready before then. I think I might try textured ones to see if they feel better during masturbation.

Btw: does anyone thing the name masturbation could use a change? As it is it sounds a bit like "disturbed". I'm talking on a theoretical level, I have never thought there is anything wrong with masturbation, and I have got past the point of worrying about whether my penis is "good enough". Maybe, "self sexual expression" instead, although that is a bit of a mouthful. [Wink]

Brain development (which can be learned and improved with healthy strategies) and effective communication is what allows a healthy and enjoyable sexual and sensual life, and the brain and nervous system is what allows orgasms in the first place. [Smile]

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Saffron Raymie
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I know what you mean with that word. It sounds like 'perturbed' too. Maybe there are too many negative 'urb' words? [Smile]

However, masturbation is sex, and sex with a partner is partnered sex; you can just use sex and still be correct.

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Solo sex is another common term for masturbation.

The -- sorry, word geek, here -- roots of the word masturbation are actually pretty upsetting: http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=masturbation

Mind, we need clinical terms like this in the world, and the roots of many -- like vagina, for instance -- tend to be pretty crummy. What can you do?

But you certainly get to use whatever language you want for your own body and sexuality and don't have to choose any terms that don't feel good to you. [Smile]

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Yes, the language roots for a lot of words *is* pretty disturbing/upsetting, because knowledge was pretty limited in the old days. Now I know there are likely extremely rough times ahead for the human race - with overpopulation being a big issue - but hopefully in subsequent centuries (if we survive) we will throw off some of the shackles that have hampered us.
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