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Abbey Dawn
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Me and my boyfriend have been together for 6 months and just recently we tried sex for the first time. The only problem is that he only had one condom and we don't know what kind of condoms is the bect regarding pleasure and preventing STDS and pregnancy.
Any suggestions?

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Karybu
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The best kind of condom is the one that's used properly. [Smile]

Honestly, the brand doesn't matter as much as correct use. If it's used for all genital contact, and doesn't break or slip off, then you can consider yourselves well-protected from pregnancy and STIs.

For more on proper condom use, check it out: Condom Basics: A User's Manual

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Abbey Dawn
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Thank You! ^_^
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dude_silicon_valley
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I usually like the ultrathin condoms (any reputable brand). Also try using spermicidal condoms, it adds another layer of protection.

Most brands have ultrathin spermicidal condoms.

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Ecofem
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dude_silicon_valley, you're right about the ultrathin condoms [Smile] but we actually recommend against using spermicidal condoms for the reasons below mentioned in our Guide to the Condom Aisle article .
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Spermicidally lubricated condoms: These are condoms which have a small application of spermicidal lubricant on the condom. Really, even if these condoms did break, we'd still advise emergency contraception for someone who did not want to become pregnant: there just really isn't enough spermicide on them to make a huge difference. But too, if you're using condoms correctly, they're very unlikely to break, and unless they break, that spermicide is useless.
Spermicides have been shown to increase the risk of some sexually transmitted infections -- because they irritate the genitals, making them more susceptible to infection -- so usually, we'll advise people to ditch these, and just use condoms without spermicide correctly -- including the use of extra lubricant. That may also include infections like UTIs which aren't technically sexually transmitted, but which are often due to sex. Even without any extra STI risks, we never want to add agents which might make our genitals feel raw or irritated when we don't have to. If you ever have a condom break on you, you can get and use emergency contraception, which is much more effective in preventing pregnancy than a drop or two of spermicide.

You'll know when a condom is spermicidally-lubricated because it will say so on the box.

If you do not find spermicides to be irritating to you, and if you just have no way to get emergency contraception and pregnancy prevention is key, that even that little extra help spermicidal lube provides may be of use to you.



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Abbey Dawn
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Thank you for all of your help. If you have any other suggestions refferring to protection please tell me.
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That's good info Ecofem.

Till now me or my girlfriend has not had any irritation from spermicide. So works for us pretty well.

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