Choosing a Condom for Oral Sex

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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 a Condom for Oral Sex 

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.

  • 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. Many sexuality educators have learned this the hard way. Plus, N-9 lubricated condoms taste remarkably unpleasant.Therefore, look for condoms that are either unlubricated or have non-spermicidal lubricants. 
  • 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. There should be a clear label that states 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. (Your preferences may vary. Try several.) 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 your lubricant 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. Don't forget that 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 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. 

    A Word from Verywell

    Practicing safer oral sex can reduce your 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. 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. Fellatio with condoms negates the need to think about the age old question of "spit or swallow." All bodily fluids are safely on the other side of a piece of latex or polyurethane. 

    Finally, condoms can 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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