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Best Type of Condoms

Published: May 14, 2012
Dear TeenHealthFX,
I was wondering what brands of condoms are best. My boy friend wants to use Trojan Ecstasy could you tell me about this kind and other brands and makes. I’m trying to get birth control too but for now I want to know the best kinds of condoms.
Signed: Best Type of Condoms

Dear Best Type of Condoms,

 

TeenHealthFX is not in the habit of endorsing products but we can tell you what to look for in a condom and the importance of proper use and handling.

 

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), male condoms are available in latex, lambskin, and polyurethane. Condoms manufactured from latex are the most popular, and studies conducted on the ability of condoms to prevent the transmission of STDs and HIV most often involves latex condoms.  Condoms manufactured from lambskin, also known as "natural skin," or "natural membrane," are made from the intestinal lining of lambs. While these condoms can prevent pregnancy, they contain small pores that may permit passage of some STDs, including HIV, the hepatitis B virus, and the herpes simplex virus. Condoms manufactured from polyurethane are thinner and stronger than latex condoms, provide a less constricting fit, are more resistant to deterioration, and may enhance sensitivity. Polyurethane condoms are also recommended for those who have latex allergies. Polyurethane condoms have not been studied for their effectiveness in the prevention of STD transmission.

 

Here are some very important factors that are important to remember with condom use:

·         Store condoms in a cool place out of direct sunlight (not in wallets or glove compartments). Latex will become brittle from changes in temperature, rough handling, or age. Don't use damaged, discolored, brittle, or sticky condoms.

·         Check the expiration date.

·         Carefully open the condom package -- teeth or fingernails can tear the condom.

·         Use a new condom for each act of sexual intercourse.

·         Put on the condom before it touches any part of a partner's body.

·         Hold the condom over an erect penis.

·         If a penis is uncircumcised, pull back the foreskin before putting on the condom.

·         Put on the condom by pinching the reservoir tip and unrolling it all the way down the shaft of the penis from head to base. If the condom does not have a reservoir tip, pinch it to leave a half-inch space at the head of the penis for semen to collect after ejaculation.

·         In the event that the condom breaks, withdraw the penis immediately and put on a new condom before resuming intercourse.

·         Use only water-based lubrication. Do not use oil-based lubricants such as cooking/vegetable oil, baby oil, hand lotion, or petroleum jelly -- these will cause the latex condom to deteriorate and break.

·         Withdraw the penis immediately after ejaculation. While the penis is still erect, grasp the rim of the condom between the fingers and slowly withdraw the penis (with the condom still on) so that no semen is spilled.

·         Remove the condom, making certain that no semen is spilled.

·         Carefully dispose of the condom. Do not reuse it.  

·         Do not use a male condom along with a female condom. If the two condoms rub together, the friction between them can cause the male condom to be pulled off or the female condom to be pushed in.

 

If you want some specific information about condom brands, Consumer Reports has done research on condoms and has made some recommendations. According to Consumer Reports, the highest-rated models are:

 

·         Durex Extra Sensitive Lubricated Latex

·         Durex Performax Lubricated

·         Lifestyles Classic Collection Ultra Sensitive Lubricated;

·         TheyFit Lubricated; Trojan Extended Pleasure Climax Control Lubricant;

·         Trojan Non-Lubricated

·         Trojan Ultra Pleasure Spermicidal Lubricant. 

 

Check out the Consumer Report’s condom testing video on YouTube for more information.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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