Articles about Condoms and Safe Sex Resources http://blog.condomman.com/articles We answer your questions on condoms, safe sex, relationships and more Mon, 28 Apr 2014 17:52:34 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=abc en hourly 1 Catholic church tries to clear confusion over condom use http://blog.condomman.com/articles/condom-use/catholic-church-tries-to-clear-confusion-over-condom-use/ http://blog.condomman.com/articles/condom-use/catholic-church-tries-to-clear-confusion-over-condom-use/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:17:27 +0000 Condom Man http://blog.condomman.com/articles/?p=769

Lesser evil in areas of HIV contagion risk, but congregation gives mixed reaction to announcement.

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Pope Benedict XVI admitted that condom use is acceptable “in certain cases” that “certain case” is to reduce infection of HIV, not birth control.

On Tuesday November 23,  2010 the Vatican paved the way for widespread use of condoms by Catholic s spreading a theological debate among millions of followers of the Catholic church around the world.  In an attempt to clarify confusion, because of many different translations of a series of interviews he recently had about acceptable condom use he stated as a lesser evil where the was risk of HIV contagion. Africa’s reaction to the statement exposed the divergence of views within the Catholic church. The Popes comments have created a doctrinal dilemma for dedicated church goers. “Everyone is misinterpreting the Vatican. People have made up their minds on this issue and are twisting the words to suit themselves and their believes, that fit them”, Says Mathew Ndagosa, archbishop for the Kaduna dioceses in Nigeria. ” The Holy father’s message was clear – there is no change in policy. The church will continue to believe that the indiscriminate use of condoms encourages promiscuity and aggravates the situation.” Boniface Lele, archbishop for the diocese of Mombasa on Kenya, where 30% of the population is Catholic, said he was very pleased: He has been advocating change in the church policy on condoms, to the displeasure of the Vatican. He promotes couples to use the contraceptive if one or both is sick, prevention is a good thing.

Conservative commentators wanted to make clear the Pope is not authorizing condom use with the homosexual community but refers to their use in heterosexual relations only. The Popes spokesman Father Federico Lombardi explained he has raised this issue with the pope. “I personally asked the pope if there was a serious, important problem in the choice of the masculine over the feminine,” Lambardi said . “He told me “no”. “It’s the first step of taking responsibility, of taking into consideration the risk of the life of another with whom you have a relationship … This is if you’re a woman, a man, or a transsexual.” What it comes down to the Pope approves of condom use with sick HIV heterosexuals as a lesser evil where there is risk of spreading HIV contagion. This pope is not likely to make any changes in times about birth control, condoms, heterosexuals, homosexuals HIV or Aids but at least they are talking about it and making sure it’s translated correctly.

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Ribbed or Studded Condoms http://blog.condomman.com/articles/condom-use/ribbed-or-studded-condoms/ http://blog.condomman.com/articles/condom-use/ribbed-or-studded-condoms/#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:14:39 +0000 Condom Man http://blog.condomman.com/articles/?p=766 trojan-ultra-ribbed-36-condoms

Ribbed, studded, and other textured condoms are intended to heighten sexual pleasure. Some condoms have these “extras” layering the inner surface for the wearer to feel; others have them covering the exterior for the partner’s enjoyment. Plus, condoms are now available as shaped or contoured, or have a baggier tip, mainly to increase the wearer’s sensation, comfort, and confidence (for a better fit so that they won’t slip off). In any case, these condoms have the potential to enhance sensitivity during vaginal or anal sex. For some people, using these specialty condoms during intercourse does increase pleasure; others may think they help boost sensation, and therefore they do; and yet others find the added features too subtle to notice.

Textured latex and polyurethane condoms, usually more pricey than your standard sheath, are as effective against both pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) as regular condoms made of the same material. Contraceptive Technology and other sources affirm that condoms are effective when used consistently and correctly.

Since each individual is turned on by different sensations or thoughts, test driving a variety of condoms to find one(s) that feels good, fits comfortably, and satisfies you and your partner may be helpful, and fun, too. If you decide to use ribbed or other specialty condoms, beware of “novelty” items. Glow in the dark and other “novelty” condoms can make great “gag” gifts, but they are not intended to be used for oral, vaginal, or anal sex. Only one glowing condom is FDA approved for pregnancy and STI protection — the Night Light brand.

Check out these brands and purchase today!

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Lifestyles SKYN Condoms http://blog.condomman.com/articles/condom-use/lifestyles-skyn-condoms/ http://blog.condomman.com/articles/condom-use/lifestyles-skyn-condoms/#comments Fri, 28 Mar 2014 23:00:21 +0000 Condom Man http://blog.condomman.com/articles/?p=758 skyn_packs_original_ls_logo_no_reflection11

There’s a SKYN® condom that’s right for everyone. So what’s your SKYN® type? Polyisoprene is not like natural rubber latex. The molecules in Polyisoprene are very different, and they give SKYN® condoms some quite revolutionary characteristics.

Most importantly, this means a SKYN® condom gives a close to natural feeling. Plus SKYN® condoms are rigorously tested and meet the highest safety standards. So this makes SKYN® condoms as sensible as they are sensitive. All of which makes SKYN® condoms the modern choice.

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US Public Health Service http://blog.condomman.com/articles/condom-use/us-public-health-service/ http://blog.condomman.com/articles/condom-use/us-public-health-service/#comments Mon, 10 Mar 2014 19:27:20 +0000 Condom Man http://blog.condomman.com/articles/?p=747 7steps

Surgeon General Releases Call to Action To Promote Sexual Health and Responsible Sexual Behavior

July 9, 2001
On June 28, Surgeon General David Satcher unveiled science-based strategies which he said represent an effort to find “common ground” upon which the nation could work to promote sexual health and responsible sexual behavior.

In releasing The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Sexual Health and Responsible Sexual Behavior, Satcher called for strategies that focused upon increasing awareness, implementing and strengthening interventions, and expanding the research base relating to sexual health matters.

“We face a serious public health challenge regarding the sexual health of our nation,” Satcher said. “Doing nothing is unacceptable. If we are to meet this challenge, we must find common ground and reach consensus on the nature of these problems and their possible solutions, consistent with the best available science.”

Satcher cites a number of sexually-related public health problems, including:

  • the infection of 12 million Americans a year with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs);
  • 800,000 to 900,000 Americans living with HIV, with one-third of them unaware that they are even infected;
  • unintended pregnancies accounting for nearly one-half of all pregnancies in the U.S.;
  • an estimated 1.36 million abortions in 1996;
  • an estimated 104,000 children becoming victims of sexual abuse each year.
  • reports that 22 percent of American women and 2 percent of American men have been victims of a forced sexual act.

Satcher said the Call to Action represented “only a first step - a call to begin a mature, thoughtful, and respectful discussion nationwide about sexuality.”

Strategies geared toward increasing awareness include a recognition that parents are the child’s primary educators and should guide a child’s sexuality education in a way that is consistent with their values and beliefs. They also recognize that families differ in their level of knowledge and comfort in discussing such issues, making school education a vital component in providing equity of access to information. They also note that churches and other community settings can play a role in providing such education.

Such information should be thorough and wide-ranging, begin early, and continue throughout the life span. Education should recognize the special place that sexuality has in everyday life; stress the value and benefits of remaining abstinent until involved in a committed, enduring, and mutually monogamous relationship; and assure awareness of optimal protection from sexually transmitted diseases and unintended pregnancy, while also stressing that there are no infallible methods of contraception aside from abstinence, and that condoms cannot protect against some forms of STDs.

Strategies geared toward implementing and strengthening interventions call for the strengthening of families, adequate training in sexual health to all professionals who deal with sexual issues in their work, improved access to related health care services and the elimination of disparities in health status that arise from social and economic disadvantage.

Research-oriented strategies would promote further scientific study of human sexual development and reproductive health that covers the entire lifespan, would improve evaluation efforts for interventions, and would help in the development of educational materials.

The Call to Action was developed through a collaborative process. In June 1999, Satcher formed a work group charged with finding ways to move forward on promoting sexual health and responsible sexual behaviors. He subsequently commissioned scientific review papers and held conferences in Newport, R.I., and Warrenton, Va.. Each of the conferences were attended by more than 100 people of varying experience, expertise and perspectives - including the academic, religious, policymaking, education, and advocacy communities, as well as parents and youth.

Satcher is the 16th Surgeon General. Since taking office in 1998, he has issued landmark reports on issues including mental health, youth violence, smoking and women’s health, children’s mental health, and suicide prevention.

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No Latex Verses Latex Condoms http://blog.condomman.com/articles/condom-use/no-latex-verses-latex-condoms/ http://blog.condomman.com/articles/condom-use/no-latex-verses-latex-condoms/#comments Wed, 05 Mar 2014 18:59:21 +0000 Condom Man http://blog.condomman.com/articles/?p=744 durex-avanti-bare

  • Latex condoms, non-latex condoms were more likely to break or slip off during intercourse or withdrawal. However, substantial proportions of study participants reported a preference for non-latex condoms, suggesting that non-latex condoms could be an acceptable alternative for those with a higher need for sensitivity or those who have aversion to latex condoms.

Applicability of the results

The effectiveness of condoms is highly dependent on correct use, which is determined by ease of use, absence of adverse events during and after use, and freedom from worries of signs of failure. The increased odds of breakage and slippage of non-latex condoms could be a cause for concern among condom users, as these would most likely affect the outcomes on pregnancy and STIs/HIV rates (even if studies have not yet proven the association).

Implementation of the intervention

Overall, non-latex condoms were not found to have the same effectiveness as the latex condom in preventing pregnancy. However, condoms remain an excellent method of preventing pregnancy and STIs in all settings. The greater choice provided by the availability of non-latex condoms could be used to expand condom use among those who have difficulties with using the latex variety.

Implications for research

Since non-latex condoms could be appropriate for certain subgroups, efficacy studies of the condom types are warranted, such as among those with allergy to latex. Breakage and slippage as mentioned have not been found to be valid surrogate endpoints, so future studies should focus on pregnancy rates. The present studies have only looked at the use of non-latex condoms during vaginal intercourse to prevent pregnancy. Their value in protecting against STIs, including HIV, needs to be studied. The studies included in the present review only included couples who were in a monogamous heterosexual relationship and were at low-risk for STI acquisition; it would be interesting to study condom efficacy in other higher-risk population groups.

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Top 5 Movies with Awkward Condom Scenes http://blog.condomman.com/articles/condom-use/top-5-movies-with-awkward-condom-scenes/ http://blog.condomman.com/articles/condom-use/top-5-movies-with-awkward-condom-scenes/#comments Mon, 03 Mar 2014 22:00:32 +0000 Condom Man http://blog.condomman.com/articles/?p=738 The Top 5 Most Awkward Condom Scenes In Movies by askmen
Condoms can be awkward in real life and therefore rightly so their humor is exemplified in film, these are what we think are the top 5 most awkward condom scenes in movies.

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Condoms should be more available to teens, doctors say http://blog.condomman.com/articles/condom-use/condoms-should-be-more-available-to-teens-doctors-say/ http://blog.condomman.com/articles/condom-use/condoms-should-be-more-available-to-teens-doctors-say/#comments Thu, 27 Feb 2014 01:22:17 +0000 Condom Man http://blog.condomman.com/articles/?p=728 condoms1By Genevra Pittman

Although teenagers should be encouraged to abstain from sex, they should also have access to cheap condoms, pediatricians said Monday. In a policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Committee on Adolescence said schools are a good place to make condoms available. To be most effective, they should also be accompanied by sex education programs. There is still some resistance to making condoms more accessible for young people, researchers said. “I think one of the main issues is the idea that if you provide condoms and make them accessible, kids will be more likely to have sex. But really, that’s not the case,” Amy Bleakley said. “Getting over the perception that giving condoms out will make kids have sex is a real barrier for parents and school administrators,” she told Reuters Health. Bleakley studies teen sexual behavior and reproductive health at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia but wasn’t part of the AAP committee. She said some studies suggest teenagers with access to condoms and comprehensive sex education actually start having sex later than their peers who don’t. Teen birth rates have been declining in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2011, there were 31 births for every 1,000 U.S. women aged 15 to 19. But that number is still higher than in other developed countries. Rates of many sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including Chlamydia and gonorrhea, are also highest among teenage and young adult women. The new policy statement, an update to the AAP’s 2001 statement on condom use by adolescents, was published Monday in Pediatrics. “The biggest difference is that we have more evidence about how effective they are against sexually transmitted infections,” Dr. Rebecca O’Brien, the policy statement’s lead author, said. That’s especially true for viruses like herpes and HIV, she added. When it comes to preventing pregnancy, condoms will fail in about 2 percent of couples when used perfectly - all the time, every time - over a year. In reality, the failure rate is about 18 percent during a year of typical use, the committee said. Using condoms along with another birth control method, such as the Pill or an intrauterine device, may be the best way to prevent pregnancy and STIs. In its recommendations, the committee said doctors should support consistent and correct use of condoms. They should also encourage parents to discuss condom use and prevention of STIs with their adolescent children. Sexually active teenagers should have access to free or low-cost condoms, such as in pediatricians’ offices and schools, the committee emphasized. At retail stores, condoms sold in multi-packs typically cost 25 to 50 cents each. “For teens to use them, they have to have them available, and they’re not going to come in necessarily asking for them,” O’Brien said. O’Brien specializes in adolescent medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. She said her office has a fishbowl full of condoms. “Having them available, not just in healthcare settings is really important,” she told Reuters Health. “Have them in the mall. They should be everywhere.” Still, the committee said, abstinence should be encouraged as the best way to prevent STIs and unintended pregnancy. Bleakley echoed the importance of communication between parents and teenagers. “Parents really need to be proactive about communicating with their adolescents before their kids engage in sexual activity,” she said. “Really parents who talk to their kids about sexuality, about contraception, about condoms - their kids have much better outcomes,” like fewer unintended pregnancies, Bleakley said. “If you don’t feel comfortable talking about these topics, get some help,” O’Brien said.

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Lubricant Condoms http://blog.condomman.com/articles/condom-use/lubricant-condoms/ http://blog.condomman.com/articles/condom-use/lubricant-condoms/#comments Tue, 25 Feb 2014 18:38:56 +0000 Condom Man http://blog.condomman.com/articles/?p=719

By Elizabeth Boskey, Ph.D.
Lubricated condoms are the latex condoms you will find most often in drugstores. Some are lubricated with spermicides, which may be problematic for some people, while others are lubricated with a non-spermicidal personal lubricant. Many people find that lubricated condoms are easier to work with, and put on, than unlubricated condoms. It is, however, important to note that even though the condoms themselves are lubricated, in most cases you will want an additional water or silicone-based lubricant handy in order to improve your sexual experience. Proper lubrication can also make our safe sex safer.

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Condoms at a Glance http://blog.condomman.com/articles/condom-use/condoms-at-a-glance/ http://blog.condomman.com/articles/condom-use/condoms-at-a-glance/#comments Mon, 24 Feb 2014 23:58:46 +0000 Condom Man http://blog.condomman.com/articles/?p=710

Condoms at a Glance

  • Worn on the penis
  • Made of latex or plastic
  • Prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection
  • Can be used with another form of birth control for extra protection
  • Can be used for vaginal, anal, or oral sex
  • Safe, effective, and easy to get
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Condom Size Does Matter http://blog.condomman.com/articles/condom-use/condom-size-does-matter/ http://blog.condomman.com/articles/condom-use/condom-size-does-matter/#comments Fri, 21 Feb 2014 20:58:22 +0000 Condom Man http://blog.condomman.com/articles/?p=704 condoms
There does seem to be a lack of information about the sizes of condoms, but don’t fear, you too can find a condom that fits. And a good fit can’t be under-estimated: a poorly-fitting condom can undermine its effectiveness in preventing STIs and pregnancy, as well as interfere with the pleasure and sensations for both partners during sex.
First, penis size. The most common penis length falls somewhere around six inches when erect; anywhere from five to seven inches when erect is considered typical. Condoms are meant to have a little extra space at the tip to allow room for ejaculate. Research findings regarding condom size, penis size, and breakage and slippage rates have been mixed. While it is certain that condoms can stretch to many times their normal size (just try having a condom water balloon fight and you’ll end up carrying balloons as big as watermelons), some studies have found that men with larger penises experience condom breakage more frequently than men with typical- or smaller-sized penises (others studies show that breakage rates are the same regardless of penis size). In addition, if a condom is too short, some STIs could be transmitted between the exposed part of the penis and the partner.
Penis girth also affects how a condom fits. The average penis girth (circumference) is 4.5 to 5 inches. If your girth is above average, a standard sized condom might feel uncomfortably tight and the larger sized condoms could be appropriate for you. For readers whose penis length or girth is less than average, it’s important to note that standard condoms could simply fall off during sex. Snug fit condoms, which are a bit, well, snugger, are a good option for these fellows.
Condom manufacturers may have once catered only to “average” size men; however, these days condoms come in many shapes and sizes. Here is a chart that gives some common measurements for different size condoms:
Snug Standard Larger
Length of condom (inches) 7 to 7.8 7.25 to 7.8 7.25 to 8.1
Diameter of condom (inches) 1.75 1.75 to 2 2 to 2.25

As you can see, a condom that is called “large” may in fact have the same dimensions as another brand’s standard-fit. Different condom manufactures use slightly different measurements and have a number of shapes available, so you may want to try a few condoms on for size to which is most comfortable. Custom-made condoms do exist and are available on the internet, by mail, or at a sexuality specialty shop. Check out this Condom Wizard to learn about condom shapes, sizes, textures and more.
To find out “how big is big” or where you fall along the penis size continuum, you can measure your erect penis to know for sure. Or for even more fun, have a partner do it! Measure your length from the tip of the head along the upper side of the shaft to the point where the penis joins the body. For girth, measure the penis circumference at the widest point using a tape measure or a piece of string. As you probably are aware, condoms are the best way to prevent against STIs as well as a reliable pregnancy prevention method. No matter the size of your penis you should be able to find a condom that fits you well, that will keep you and your partner protected, and allow all the pleasures of sex to thrive! Enjoy and good luck. By Alice

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