Condoms and Choosing The Right Lubricant

by Raunchy Republic Manager on August 3, 2009

Condoms

Use Condoms with Lube

If you’ve been living in Australia for more than a couple years then by now you’ve been exposed to many different safe sex campaigns, often promoting condoms as the primary safe sex product.

But is using condoms alone enough?

Taking Condom Protection Up A Notch

While safe sex campaigners are right to celebrate the awareness levels of the importance of using condoms most Australians now have instilled in them, not much is said on using them effectively.

Most people tend to believe that once a condom is on they have nothing to worry about during sex. With any luck that’s true, however you can boost their safety and improve the feel with a good lubricant.

Why Lubricants Really Help Condoms

Lubricants are great for improving the arousal experienced during sex, but they also perform another vital function. By using a good water-based lube you dramatically reduce the risk of a condom tear or hole that are often undetected until after intercourse.

Remember, our sensitivity to pain is slightly reduced during sex due to our attention being diverted to the pleasurable feelings we are experiencing (hopefully). We may not detect a condom break.

You know your man is selfish when he wears ribbed condoms inside-out!

Why Condoms Like Water-based Lubes

Water-based lubricant does not break down latex, the material used to make condoms. This is crucial. Oil-based lubricants on the other hand do break down latex, and can definately lead to your condoms breaking during sex.

Condoms Plus Vaseline Equals Trouble

While Vaseline is probably one of the most versatile products you can buy, it’s no good as a lubricant when using condoms.

Vaseline is oil-based. In fact the word ‘Vaseline’ is a brand name, not a product name. The full name of what most of us call Vaseline is ‘Vaseline Petroleum Jelly’. The name says it all!

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