A condom covers the penis and acts as a barrier between the penis and the vagina, the penis and the mouth, or the penis and the anus.
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are passed on through sexual fluids during vaginal, oral or anal sex. As condoms stop sexual fluids being transferred between partners they are also the only method of contraception that protects against STIs.
Answers to your frequently asked questions on using Condoms and Dams
- Why would I use flavoured condoms?
- Why would I use flavoured Dams?
- How can condoms make sex better?
- How can I get my partner to use a condom?
- How do I use a condom properly?
- How do I delay ejaculation?
- Do condoms interrupt sex?
- What lubricants can I use with condoms?
- How can I tell if I am allergic to latex?
- Should I use condoms for oral sex? What about anal sex? And sex toys?
- Do condoms come in various sizes?
- Do I need to pay for condoms?
- Why should I use a condom?
- What do I do with it when it has been used?
- What happens if the condom falls off?
1. Why would I use flavoured condoms?
- Some people prefer using flavoured condoms for oral sex, if they do not want direct contact with their partner’s genitals
- They also protect against sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy.
- They can be used for vaginal, anal and oral sex too.
2. Why would I use flavoured Dams?
- Dams are a small square piece of latex that can be placed over a woman’s vagina for oral sex.
- Dams can protect against sexually transmitted infections.
- Some people prefer using dams when giving oral sex as they may not enjoy direct contact between their partner’s genitals and their mouth/ tongue.
- Some people use dams to place over the anus for Rimming. (Rimming is kissing or licking someone’s anus)
3. How can condoms make sex better?
- You can experiment with different flavours, such as blueberry or mint or try dotted or ribbed condoms for more sensation.
- Having your partner put a condom on for you can be erotic, especially if you do it in front of a mirror.
- Sex can be better with condoms because you know it’s safer and hygienic.
- Using a condom means that all the semen and sperm is collected. No wet patch to lie in! No evidence on your bed sheets! No leakage!
- Some condoms can help prevent premature ejaculation.
4. How can I get my partner to use a condom?
- It can be difficult; some people don’t want to use them as they’ve heard they spoil the fun.
- It’s easier if you can discuss condom use before you have sex.
- Discuss the benefits – not only do they help prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections but it might also be fun to experiment with different types of condoms e.g. flavoured, sensations etc.
- Try them, you might be surprised and it’s something fun you can do together.
5. How do I use a condom properly?
6. How do I delay ejaculation?
- There are specific condoms and lubricant that can help with this.
- You may want to go along to our sexual health services to talk to someone if this is an issue for you.
7. Do condoms interrupt sex?
- There are things you can do to prepare for using condoms and make putting the condom on part of sex e.g. have the packet ready and open, get help from/ help your partner to put the condom on.
- Practice makes perfect. The more you practice putting condoms on the quicker and easier it will get.
8. What lubricants can I use with condoms?
- Lubricant is recommended for anal sex but not routinely for vaginal sex as it does not make sex safer and increases the chance that the condom will slip off. Lubricant may be used if it makes vaginal sex more comfortable.
- Water based lubricants are safe to use with condoms.
- Oil based lubricants should not be used as they will damage the condoms e.g. massage oil, petroleum jelly, body lotion etc.
- We offer free lubricant as part of our free condoms by post scheme.
9. How can I tell if I am allergic to latex?
- Allergy to latex condoms can cause a rash on the penis, or on the genital skin of your sexual partner. As well as redness, there may be blistering and itching. The rash usually occurs 6–48 hours after using the condom.
- Most people who develop condom allergy have latex allergy, but some individuals may be allergic to other substances found in the condom. It is best to consult a doctor or go along to the sexual health clinic to determine what specific allergen is causing condom allergy.
- Non- latex condoms are available via our free condoms by post scheme.
10. Should I use condoms for oral sex? What about anal sex? And sex toys?
- Condoms should be used for oral, anal and vaginal sex to reduce the transmission of sexually transmitted infections.
- Condoms should also be used on sex toys e.g. vibrators for hygiene purposes.
11. Do condoms come in various sizes?
- Yes, condoms are available in different sizes.
- It’s important to try them out to see what fits you best.
12. Do I need to pay for condoms?
- Condoms are available free at sexual health services in Forth Valley and can be ordered from www.freecondomscentral.co.uk
13. Why should I use a condom?
- To protect yourself and your partner from sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy.
14. What do I do with it when it has been used?
- Wrap the condom in tissue and put it in the bin.
15. What happens if the condom falls off?
- Dispose of the condom and use a new one
- If you are concerned about sexually transmitted infections or pregnancy go and get checked out at a sexual health clinic.
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