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Hi, Just a few last questions about condoms and birth control...

1) What is the most effective/reliable brand to use? I've heard Trojan before...

2)Do the different types of condoms (fire and ice, ribbed, ultra thin) make any of them less effective? I've heard the onles with spermicide in them actually make the condom less effective.

3)Is there any way for the sperm/precum to travel up the sides of the condom and squish out of the top?

4) How do I know if I have enough lubricant? Or if there is lube on the condom, is that enough?

5) Is it more likely for the condom to break the first time you have sex becasue you're "tighter"?

I've read a lot about the pages about condoms you've given me in the past, but if there's any last minute's going to be my first time probably sometime soon, so i'd love to have the most information possible!

Right now, i'm currently taking my birth control pill (i've been almost 3 hours late once), but otherwise taking them every day (haven't missed one) and will normally take them at 10PM or about an hour on either side if I can't at the moment. I'm planning on using condoms and also the withdrawal method as well (he will be making sure to hold the base and withdrawl a good amount of time before he ejaculates).

Thanks so much!

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1) There isn't one. How effective condoms are is really mostly about if people use them consistently and correctly, including storing them properly. But, Consumer reports does a review of US condom brands around once a year, so if you Google that ("Consumer reports" condoms) you can see how they've rated different brands and styles.

2) Spermicidal condoms are not less effective, but they're also no more effective than those without. Novelty brands or styles with ribs and such also aren't less effective, though condoms with additives like numbing agents can irritate some people's bodies.

3) Only if the condom breaks.

4) Usually, just for comfort of both parties, you'll want more lube than the smidge on a condom. A few drops inside the condom before it goes on, then enough on your vulva as feels good. Then, if during sex, you feel at all dry or things don't feel like they're slippery enough, you add more.

5) The idea that someone who hasn't had intercourse vs/. someone who has is "tighter" is totally false. So, not only does that have nothing to do with condom effectiveness, that's not a real thing in the first place. Intercourse doesn't "loosen" the vaginal opening.

Just FYI, three methods of birth control earnestly is more than anyone needs and isn't likely to be any more effective than two, especially when one of those methods is much less effective than the others. So, y'all can obviously do what you want, but a pill and condoms all by themselves, used properly, are nearly 100% effective, and adding withdrawal really doesn't add effectiveness.

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