When should I use condoms?
- You should use condoms for every type of sex, every time. Condoms will reduce the risk of transmission of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) during vaginal/front hole, anal, and oral sex. Condoms will also reduce the risk of pregnancy during vaginal/front hole sex. Using lube with a condom for any type of sex will reduce the risk of sensitive tissue tearing or condom breakage.
- For oral-vaginal/front hole and oral-anal sex, a dental dam should be used to reduce the risk of transmission of STIs.
How do I use a condom properly?
- Planned Parenthood video: A step-by-step guide on the proper use of condoms, and additional written information on the site.
- Sexplanations video: A casual explanation and demonstration by Dr. Lindsey Doe, a clinical sex edutainer. This video has information specific for people with intact (uncircumcised) penises.
What are dental dams and how do I use them?
- A dental dam is a type of barrier method, like a condom. It is a thin, square sheet that is usually made of rubber. The dental dams are placed over the vulva or anus for oral-vaginal/front hole or oral-anal intercourse. Boynton Health offers latex dental dams that come in different flavors.
- Brown University Health and Wellness video: A guide on the proper use of dental dams, and alternative options if dental dams are unavailable or if you are unable to use latex.
What do I do with lube?
Why are there different condom sizes?
- Just like clothes, condoms come in various sizes. In order to have safer and pleasurable sex, choosing the right size can make a difference in your sexual experience. Boynton Health recommends trying out different sizes and types of condoms to find your preference.
- Boynton Health offers three different condom sizes:
- Snugger fit condoms have a smaller ring size for people who prefer a tighter sensation.
- Standard condoms have a standard ring size that fits most.
- Magnum condoms have the widest ring size. Using a condom that is too big can increase the risk of the condom slipping off during intercourse.
Which lubricant should I use?
- There are many different types of lubricants available in the market, and choosing the right one for you can be confusing.
- The Our Bodies Ourselves website can help you understand which lubricants are the best for you based on your preferences.
- Boynton Health offers water-based lubricants and silicone-based lubricants.
What if I am allergic to latex?
- Boynton Health provides no-cost Lifestyles brand latex-free condoms by request. You can make a non-latex dental dam out of a latex-free condom.
- Learn how from this Brown University Health and Wellness video.