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I wanted to know what your opinion on the best condom company to use is to get the best protection possible. I'd like to have one that has spermicidal lubricant but can never find any that actually say it on the box when I goto the stores.

Also I have a odd question. My period is 9 days late. i've had all my symptoms that I will get it so i'm not really worried but I just wanted to know if weather temp drastic change could effect it at all. Like its be 30 degrees 1 day and I freeze than 70 the next day and so on and so forth. I wanted to know if this drastic temp could have some affect on my period? This question sounds pretty dumb to me lol but I am just wondering.

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When you want a good way to find out which brands have the highest ratings (for condoms or anything else), Consumer Reports is a great resource. here's their most recent runthrough for condoms:

Just FYI, spermicidal lubricant doesn't increase condom effectiveness. In other words, those with it are not more effective than those without. You may still prefer it added, but just letting you know that if you did not know.

But on the whole, per effectiveness, all brands are equally effective: variations in effectiveness are really more about user compliance and proper use (or not) than about manufacturing.

A million things, with our bodies, minds and environmentally, can have subtle, or not-so-subtle, impacts on menstrual or fertility cycles. Maybe the temp had one, maybe not: who knows. Could be so many things.

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There aren't any particular brands that we suggest are better than others - it's more about personal preference for what works for each person's body and how they want things to feel. You can have a read of this: Your Map to the Condom Aisle

It's possible that temperature and weather changes have an effect; it could also be something else, or nothing at all in particular. M.I.A or, Dude, Where's My Period?

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Hi Nay,

Condoms are all tested to the same standards, so the brand is mostly important in terms of how comfortable it is during intercourse. You can find lots of info on the different types of condoms (including those with spermicide) here:Your Map to the Condom Aisle

What's more important to the reliability of a condom than the brand is making sure you know how to use it correctly, as breakage is often the result of incorrect use. If you'd like, you can find info on that here:Condom Basics: A User's Manual

As to your other question, it's pretty normal for periods to have varied arrival dates, but that's unlikely to be due to outside temperature and more likely to be due to factors inside your body (hormones, etc.)

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