Condoms – The Lowdown
Ever been stood at the condom stand with no idea where to start? Bombarded by brands and colours and names that mean nothing to you? If this is you, fear not! We promise to make choice to purchase as easy as possible with our simple condom guide (Good old Skins!)
But which condom?
Condoms have a number of benefits to both you and your partner, primarily protecting you both from unwanted pregnancy and STIs. Condoms come in a variety of designs, all aimed at making your lovemaking as enjoyable as possible.
Now, when it comes to condom concerns, we’ve heard it all. We joined forces with Embarrassing Bodies star, Dr Pixie, to hear your thoughts on condoms and “Reduced sensitivity” was cited as being a reason you sometimes swerve them. Our Ultra Thins are our thinnest ever condoms (only 0.055mm thick) with the same level of protection as our other condoms. And if you want to add more fun to the fun(!), why not indulge in some of our flavours like Black Choc or Bubblegum or increase stimulation for her with Skins Dots.
So whether it’s flavours, textures or even just trusty nice and Natural you’re after, we’ve got a condom for every occasion.
- Check they are in date (expired condoms lower effectiveness)
- Store in a cool dry place, away from direct sunlight
- Use water-based or silicone-based lubricants – oil-based lubricants can damage them
How to use a condom
- Wear one every time! We’ve said it once, we’ll say it again…Condoms aren’t just for “sex”. They are a barrier to infection and should be worn regardless of whether it’s vaginal/oral/anal! Capiche!?
- Tear one side of the wrapper off the condom, making sure that you do not make contact with the condom. If you have any concerns about the condom (tear, look, feel) throw it away and open another!
- If you/your partner is not circumcised, pull back the foreskin before rolling on the condom.
- Pinch the top of the condom to emit air that may be trapped. This helps the condom to collect semen and increases the effectiveness.
- Roll the condom to the base of the penis while smoothing out any air bubbles.
How to remove a condom
Whilst putting a condom on correctly is essential, it’s just as important to take it off right as there is still a level of risk post-activity.
- Pull out immediately after climax to avoid losing erection
- Hold on to the base of the condom to keep it intact
- Throw away the condom in the trash after finished (you can knot it for added cleanliness!)
- Use a new condom if you’re feeling up for round 2!