Choosing a Condom for Oral Sex

Keeping safe while enhancing sexual pleasure

Woman deciding whether or not to use a condom


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Safe oral sex can be a lot of fun. However, it helps 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 the very 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.

Fortunately, that doesn't mean there aren't good oral sex condoms. It just means you have to think before you buy. 

Choosing the Right Condom

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

Nonoxynol 9

There are plenty of reasons why condoms with nonoxynol 9 (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, N-9 lubricated condoms taste remarkably unpleasant. Therefore, look for condoms that are either unlubricated or have non-spermicidal lubricants. 

According to the World Health Organization, there is no scientific evidence that N-9-lubricated condoms provide any additional protection against pregnancy or STDs compared to a condom without N-9.

Flavored Condoms

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 to ensure you use the condom appropriate for safe sex.

Several companies also make flavored lubricants. There are even a few options that are pretty tasty. When buying flavored lubes, recognize that only some of them are safe for oral, vaginal, or anal sex. Many of them are not.

Therefore, before you make a purchase, think about what you're using your lubricant for and be sure that it is labeled as safe for internal use.

It's important to remember that flavored condoms and lubricants contain sugar that can promote abnormal yeast growth and lead to a vaginal yeast infection.

Other Considerations

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 is a recipe for a yeast infection.

When in doubt about whether or not the oral 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. That reduces the risk of transferring bacteria from one place to another. 

Enjoying Condoms for Oral Sex

Practicing safer oral sex can reduce the risk of several STDs. However, some people worry that using condoms for oral sex may make it less fun. It doesn't have to.

Condoms can be an enjoyable part of sex play. In fact, sometimes they can make the experience even better. That's not just true because they can provide a feeling of emotional security. Condoms can actually make oral sex physically more fun.

One way to have some extra bit of fun when using oral sex condoms is by putting them on with your mouth. Doing so takes a bit of practice, but it can be very entertaining for both you and your partner. Putting a dab of lubricant inside the head of the condom can make oral sex with a condom more enjoyable for the person receiving oral sex.

A Word From Verywell

In addition, sometimes using condoms for oral sex can make it more appealing to people who may be reluctant to experiment with oral. That's particularly true for people who are sensitive to taste or who may have had bad experiences with bodily fluids during oral sex in the past.

Oral sex with condoms negates the need to consider whether you have to "spit or swallow." They can even protect you from pre-ejaculate ("pre-cum") which can readily transmit syphilis, gonorrhea, or viral hepatitis.

Condoms can also make it possible for oral sex to last longer. For some people, they help reduce the intensity of sensation in a way that's pleasurable. That can help prolong enjoyment those who might otherwise find receiving oral sex so stimulating that they ejaculate faster than they'd wish. 

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