Choosing a Condom for Oral Sex

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When you want to have safe oral sex, it's important to choose the right sort of condom. You want to have a condom that feels as good as possible in your mouth and on your tongue. You want to choose one that tastes good. Or, at least, you want to choose one that doesn't taste bad. It's true, that they don't make specific mouth condoms or tongue condoms. However, that doesn't mean there aren't good options.

Choosing a Condom for Oral Sex 

Condoms can be used to make all sorts of oral sex safer. Some people may be using condoms directly on a man during fellatio. Others might be cutting them into dental dams to use for cunnilingus or rimming. Either way, there are similar things to think about before buying a condom.

  • There are plenty of reasons why condoms with N-9 are a bad idea. However, there's one particular reason why they're a bad idea for oral sex. If you keep a spermicidal lubricated condom in your mouth for too long, your tongue will go numb. Plus, they taste remarkably unpleasant.
  • Some flavored condoms are rated for safe sex. Other flavored condoms are just novelty items. That's why before buying them, you should be certain to read the box. It should say whether or not the condom is actually appropriate for practicing safe sex.
  • Do not use oil-based food products as oral sex aids when using latex condoms for protection. Oil and latex don't mix. It can degrade the material -- and leave you unprotected. Peanut butter, therefore, is a bad idea. Chocolate syrup is messy, but probably a better bet. (Food items with sugar should not be used for insertion play anywhere other than the mouth. That's a recipe for a yeast infection.)
  • Several companies make flavored lubricants. There are even a few options that are pretty tasty, although  your preferences may vary. When buying flavored lubes, recognize that only some of them are safe for both oral sex and vaginal or anal penetration. Many of them are not. Therefore, before buying, think about what you're using them for. If it's important to you, check carefully to see if the one you've chosen is labeled as safe for internal use. Just remember, most of the time, you're better off switching condoms when you switch activities. Also, lubricants with sugar can disrupt normal yeast levels in the vagina. As with sugar containing foods, that can lead to an unpleasant infection. 
  • When in doubt about whether or not the condom you selected is up to par, switch condoms. Remember that you should never use the same condom for both anal and vaginal penetration. It's better to switch after oral sex as well.
  • You can have an extra bit of fun with using condoms for oral sex if you put them on with your mouth.

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