making loveThere are a lot of condom brands and styles to cover his cocksicle, so what are some of your options for cock blocking? And, yes, I mean that in the best sense of the word.

Before we begin, let’s talk about the one option that should be avoided, and that’s a condom with spermicide. While most condoms come pre-lubricated (unless they specifically say non-lubricated), when a condom says it contains spermicide that generally means the condom is coated with the spermicidal lubricant, nonoxynol-9. Even though manufacturers call nonoxynol-9 a deterrent (helping reduce the spread of HIV and killing sperm), it’s more like a detergent, washing away good bacteria and causing increased irritation that may deter you from using condoms, or having sex, again for a while. Spermicide can burn and sting and numb your orifices (give a blowjob with, or after, a spermicidally lubricated condom and you’ll know what I’m talking about), and as a result of the irritation, nonoxynol-9 can actually make a person more susceptible to infection. On a personal note, when I first started having sex, I was using condoms in conjunction with another spermicidal suppository that contained nonoxynol-9. The frothy spermicide foamed out of my vagina and bleached the green color in my bedroom carpet (this is not a euphemism for my pubic hair). If it’s bleaching color out of carpet, what is it doing inside any body?

Once you avoid nonoxynol-9, you’ll still have plenty of options for extra coverage.

And whatever condom you choose, applying some extra lube on the tip of the penis before unrolling the condom can make a world of difference in how comfortable the condom feels on his penis.

Latex is the most popular condom material on the market. Latex is great, unless you’re allergic to it, or don’t like how it feels. Besides regular latex condoms, you can always try twisted, or a variety pack, since variety is both the spice of life and the best way to figure out what works best for the two of you. If you with something minty or warming, just make sure she’s not super sensitive, because it’s those kinds of sensations that can cause her to burn, itch and scratch some more.

Skyn is in if latex is out. Skyn condoms are made of polyisoprene and not to be all confusing, but even though polyisoprene condoms are made out of the same rubber as latex, they’re great for people with latex allergies. Polyisoprene is the newest material on the coverage front and although it’s thicker than polyurethane (that’s another non-latex alternative) polyisoprene condoms are more form fitting and stretchier, and they come in larger sizes too (although condom sizes only vary slightly when going from snugger fit to magnum).

If you’re into the classics, lambskin is an oldie but goodie. Unlike the other condoms, lambskin condoms don’t protect against sexually transmitted infections, but they can stop his semen from straying. When I think lambskin, I think sausage casing, or senior condom. They look wrinklier and tend to hang limper than latex condoms.

There’s even an option if he refuses to wear a condom (besides not having sex with him), and that’s the female condom. If he’s always complaining the male condoms are too tight, too uncomfortable, or too difficult to maintain an erection with, then you definitely want to try the FC2! There are plenty of reasons to love female condoms including they’re not just for females.

You can use a female condom for anal sex, just remove the inner, smaller ring before you slide it up the butt, and they’re great for feeling the sexual heat. They’re also awesome if you’re allergic to latex. Plus, you don’t wear a male condom with a female condom, so there’s no worrying about how the condom feels around the base of his shaft. If he can slide his penis into the vagina or anus with a regular condom, or without one, then he can slide his snake in with a female condom too! She can wear it for hours before intercourse, so there’s an option of going and going without stopping and starting and fiddling with the packaging and placement. Plus, it’s so well-lubricated that there’s likely no need for additional lubrication.

It may take patience and research, and a few (un)rolls of the wrapper to figure out which condom works best for both of you, but in the end you’ll be having safer, more pleasurable, sex.