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Simply put, condoms should be used every single time you have sex. That’s right, every time you have vaginal, anal or oral sex, condoms are highly recommended.
It’s vital you know that each condom can only be used once, so carry a spare condom or two. Also, if you’re using sex toys, like dildo's, it’s a good idea to use condoms on those, as sexual fluids and STIs can be transmitted if you are sharing.
It’s a good idea because you can even catch an STI during oral sex with a penis.
Whether you are receiving or giving oral sex you should use a condom to prevent body fluids (semen, blood, vaginal fluids) from being passed from one person to the other.
Also, some STIs can be transmitted from the mouth to the genitals or anus.
Yes, there are other forms of contraception out there. But condoms are the only form of protection that prevent pregnancy and STIs, including HIV. If getting pregnant is not on the cards now then you need to use both contraception (e.g. the pill or Depo) and condoms.
You might be surprised but this is quite an important question. Condoms come in all different shapes and sizes. Ok, maybe not shapes, but you get the picture. There are so many brands, textures, colours and flavours. Some are also lubricated or non-lubricated, latex or non-latex. So why not try a few different types of condoms so you know what’s best for you. It’s a good idea to get a mixed box and see how you go.
Want to know where to get condoms? We can tell you that too.
There are 4 steps you need to follow if the condom breaks at any time during sexual activity.
Since you both may have been exposed to one another’s body fluids, it’s important that you both get tested for STIs. If you are also worried about unplanned pregnancy, the Emergency Contraceptive Pill or ‘morning after pill’ is available over the counter at pharmacies.