Play Well: August 2015

By on August 25, 2015

By Sara Choate–

Q:  I’m thinking about getting condoms with spermicidal lubricant.  Are these better than the regular ones?

A:  Spermicide, or nonoxynol-9, while helpful in killing sperm as a contraception method, is no longer recommended for use with barrier methods (i.e., male and female condoms) because it irritates the delicate skin cells of the vagina and rectum.  As a result, it causes small lacerations, which dramatically increase the likelihood of STI transmission, including HIV.

Instead of using spermicide, I recommend getting a quality sexual lubricant and using it generously with your favorite condom.  (DO NOT use oils or oil-based lotions because they will disintegrate latex!) Condoms will break if there is too much friction.  Even though a condom is labeled ‘lubricated’, they only have a very small amount­­­­­—not enough to keep the condom slippery for the entire sexual encounter.  So, if you don’t have a favorite sexual lube yet, I encourage you and your partner to make a trip to the local pharmacy, and explore their personal lubricant options.  NOTE:  Most lubricants are filled with chemicals. Consider getting a water-based organic option like Good Clean Love, which is a healthier option for you and your partner’s bodies.  If you want something a little slicker, try a silicone-based lube.

And for the fellas, put a dab of lube inside the tip of the condom before you roll it on to make it more fun and enjoyable for you to wear.

Learn more.  Play safe!

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