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cool87
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Okay so we had a text to read at school which is about condoms and that is a reliable source, it's a recent medical magazine intended especially for people working in the health field.

I've always heard that the thinner the condom is, the less likely it is to break because of the less friction it create.

But yet it says in that article that thin condoms have to be avoided as much as possible on first time intercourse since it highers the risk of condom breaking. And that therefore, non-thinner condoms would be best for that specific situation.

So I'm mostly like what are they talking about ? I just don't get it. Which is the right answer there ? Can you help me shed some light on this ?

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Generally, thinner is better. They provide more sensation and less likely to break because of friction. A thicker condom has more material rubbing against a surface, which equals more friction. I know we had a table around here somewhere comparing different brands, thickness, and average failure rates. I'll try to find it for you.

For first intercourse, though, regardless of whether you have a "thicker" condom (we're talking thicker by a few millimeters) or a thin one, it's more important that you take it slow, use plenty of condom-safe (meaning water or silicone based, NOT oil-based) lube, and stop if things are just not comfortable.

Often, the lack of lube contributes much more to whether it breaks rather than how thin the condom is. If things start to feel a bit dry, slow down and add more lube. This will make it feel much better and have the benefit of reducing the chances the condom will break.

A good brand of thin, very reliable condoms is Kimono Microthins. Though they do cost more than your run of the mill Trojans, you definitely get what you pay for. [Smile]

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quote:
I know we had a table around here somewhere comparing different brands, thickness, and average failure rates. I'll try to find it for you.
Faifai, I'm gonna spare you time, you don't have to find it for me.(I think I know what you are refering to.) Some people here needs help far more than I do.

And after all, I just wanted to make sure my assumptions were right and they were. So thanks for your answer ! [Smile]

And, hi btw. [Smile]

[ 05-25-2007, 05:04 PM: Message edited by: cool87 ]

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Well Durex "Extra Safe" condoms say on the back of the packet that that particular condom is slightly thicker for extra reassurance. You cant actually really tell if you compare it with a normal condom (trust me, Ive looked lol), but it says extra safe, so maybe slightly thicker ones arent too bad.

But Ive been told that gernerally thinner ones are better, as for the reasons already stated.

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