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mmiiaa
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I wasn't sure if I should keep talking on my own topic..or start a new one since it's slightly different. But here goes!

The boyfriend and I had a little talk. He's willing to keep using condoms once I get on the pills. Now, if he keeps this opinion, we will find out later. I think he will.

I won't be able to start taking the pill until my period, which should be in a couple of weeks. Until then, I want to try out some new condom brands. I live in a pretty small town with not many options, and I've been seeing around this board that Durex is a good brand?

I've only used Trojan, and that broke once, and I don't really want to relive that. So my questions are..

1) Has anyone experienced any breakage on Durex? I read at condomdepot.com that though most of the reviews are great, there were a few people who warned about it breaking. I thought breakages weren't supposed to happen that often? But these people said that they took "all the precautions" and it still broke. Pretty scared..

2) Should I use extra lube even though it's advertised as "premium lubricated" or something? Wouldn't extra lube be more cause for it to slip off? Or would it reduce breakage?

I only get so paranoid about it since I'm not on the pill yet. I will be sometime soon. Hopefully. Unless something bad happens with my health and I have to wait another month.

Thank you for all the help!

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Also, I've heard as breakage looking like the condom was shredded, but you know, the weird thing was, with our Trojan condom, it was perfectly intact. It was just at the tip there was a 2 cm or larger hole. Big enough to let all the sperm out. I thought that was the most ridiculous thing. How does that even happen that perfectly?? Bad luck? Or just too vigorous/dry sex?
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Both Trojan and Durex are good brands. What condom works best for you is really more of a preference thing than anything else, and your best bet would actually be to just try a few different condoms and experiment with them. You can get variety packs online, so you don't have to buy a box of each brand just to try.

With all condoms, the most important thing when it comes to protecting from breakage is how you use it. This article covers all the important points:
Condom Basics: A User's Manual

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Ok, thank you!

But as far as putting lube inside a condom, will it be more likely to slip off?

And if they're already lubricated, should I even bother with buying a separate lube?

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Of course you don't want to put a whole lot of lube on the inside of the condom, but a small drop is a good idea.

And yes, you'll still want to get separate lube. There isn't very much lube on the condom, so it's good to use some extra. Too, that way you can add more throughout as needed.

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Just wanna say, we bought our first Durex condoms and a tube of Astroglide and akdslfeoiwgej omg. Best thing ever. Thanks for convincing me to invest in some lube! And we had no breaks, thank the Lord. Thank you for all your advice!
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So glad to hear it! You are welcome! [Smile]

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