Rubber. Jimmy-hat. Love sock. Wrapper. However you say it, condoms are one of the most popular forms of birth control out there. They slip over the penis to prevent pregnancy and lower the risk of STIs by keeping sperm inside the condom and out of the vagina. (There are also internal condoms that go inside the vagina.) Condoms come in hundreds of shapes and sizes, with lube and without.
Types of Condoms
These condoms are lubricated with a chemical that kills sperm. Ok for vaginal intercourse, but not recommended for oral or anal sex.
Women and men who are sensitive to spermicide can use spermicide-free condoms. Condoms have very few side effects. This type has even less.
Elastic fantastic latex can stretch up to 800%. These are the most common condoms. But don’t use them with oil-based lube. They can break or slip off if you do.
Allergic to latex? Prefer oil-based lube? Then these are for you. Usually made from polyurethane, other synthetic high tech materials, or natural lambskin.
How to Use It
Condoms are pretty easy to use, but life isn't high school health class, and a dick is not a banana, so follow the tips below. And remember—if you're relying on condoms, you have to remember to use them EVERY SINGLE TIME.####How to put a condom on 1. First things first: Before you use a condom, check the expiration date. Just like cheese, condoms can go bad. (Outdated condoms break easier.) 2. Put the condom on before your partner's penis touches your vulva. Pre-cum—the fluid that leaks from a guy's penis before he ejaculates—can contain sperm from the last time the guy came. 3. One condom per erection, please. (So stock up.) 4. Be careful not to tear the condom when you're unwrapping it. If it's torn, brittle, or stiff, toss it and use another. 5. Put a drop or two of lube inside the condom. It'll help the condom slide on, and it'll make things more pleasurable for your man. 6. If your partner isn't circumcised, pull back his foreskin before rolling on the condom. 7. Leave a half-inch of extra space at the tip to collect the semen, then pinch the air out of the tip. 8. Unroll the condom over the penis as far as it will go. 9. Smooth out any air bubbles—they can cause condoms to break. 10. Then lube up, and get at it. #### How to take a condom off 1. Make sure the guy pulls out before he's soft. 2. One of you should hold on to the base of the condom while he pulls out so that semen doesn't spill out. 3. Throw the condom away in a trash can (preferably one that is out of the reach of children and pets). Don't flush it down the toilet! That's just bad for your plumbing. 4. Make sure to wash up his penis with soap and water before it gets near your vulva again.
There are positive and negative things to say about each and every method. And everyone's different—so what you experience may not be the same as what your friend experiences.