7 Must Know Facts About Condoms and Dental Dams

Condoms are the best way to keep amazing sex safe. At FunLove, we advocate for safe sex to keep you and your partner safe during and after intimacy. With that in mind, here are seven must know facts about condoms and dental dams. 

1.There Are Three Kinds of Male Condoms

Male condoms are one of the most popular forms of contraception and STD protection. And, we’ve used them for a long time. For instance, the oldest known depiction of a condom is from 12,000-15,000 years ago, found on a cave painting in France. The Egyptians also used condoms as early as 3000 B.C. These were made of sheep intestines.

Thankfully, we have much more effective (and cleaner) condoms these days. In fact, there are three different kinds of male condoms. 

  • Latex condoms are most commonly used. These are a great option for almost everyone, and provide the highest level of protection.  
  • Some individuals are allergic to latex, so polyurethane condoms are the best choice. Although more expensive, and easier to break, polyurethane condoms do conduct heat, meaning the experience differs from the use of a latex condom.
  • Lambskin condoms, or natural membrane condoms, are not actually made of lambskin. They are, however, made of animal intestines. Of course, these are better manufactured now than in ancient Egypt. Many men like these more because of their loose fit and more sensitive touch. However, lambskin condoms are best used only for preventing pregnancy, as they do not block HIV and many STDs. 

Of course, there are hundreds of varieties of the types of condoms listed above. You can purchase condoms with different textures, flavors, lubricants, and other exciting features. You can even get glow in the dark condoms for extra fun.

2. Proper Use Helps Keep You Safe


Although male condoms are 98% effective, this is only true if the condoms are used properly. To do so you will first need to make sure that you have the right size. Many condoms are designed to fit the average penis (four to seven inches long with a five inch girth). If this isn’t you, make sure to look for different sizing options. 

Second, avoid keeping condoms in a wallet, or in your pocket. Condoms need to be stored at room temperature. Being too close to body heat may make them easier to break.

When opening the condom, never rip or use your teeth. Instead, open the packet gently and be careful not to pull or tear. Make sure the condom rolls in the correct direction, and avoid wearing rings that may snag the material. Make sure the condom is placed before any contact is made with your partner for maximum protection.

3. Dry Condoms Break More Easily

In order to assure that your condom is less likely to break, use lubricants. If you have chosen a latex condom, it’s important that you use water-soluble lube that will not break down the latex. Use the lubricant often. If you have chosen a polyurethane condom, you can use oil-based lube.

Lubricants can also add their own excitement to sex. For instance, warming lubricant, flavored lubricant, and tingling lubricant all provide different sensations that are fun to try. 

4. There are Female, or Internal Condoms

Internal condoms are a very thin sheath with two flexible rings at each end. One ring holds the condom inside, and the other stays outside during intercourse. These condoms can be inserted up to eight hours before sex, and can be used vaginally or anally.

5. Female Condoms Can Be Difficult to Use

It's important to know the right way to use a female condom. First, insert the end with the smallest ring into the vagina or anus. The other ring remains outside, or over the vulva. 

As with male condoms, use lube to keep the experience more pleasurable, and safer. This is because internal condoms are less likely to break when thoroughly lubricated. 

Additionally, do not use a male condom in addition to a female condom, as this may lead to a tear. Also, don’t use an internal condom in conjunction with a diaphragm.

To remove, twist the outer ring, holding any semen inside. Remove gently, working to avoid any breakage. Then, dispose. Never use a condom more than once.

6. Dental Dams Offer Oral Sex Protection

While you cannot get pregnant through oral sex, you can still catch STDs. Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis can all be spread via oral sex. Also, even though chances are low, oral sex can spread HIV.

So, use dental dams consistently and properly for best protection during oral-genital and oral-anal sex. 

Note: Dental dams do not protect against everything. For instance, HPV, herpes, and pubic lice can still be spread during oral sex even while using a dental dam.

7. You Must Use a Dental Dam Correctly for Maximum Protection

Dental dams are a thin square of material and come with or without lubricant, flavored, and in fun colors. Use them over the vulva or anus, though never over a penis (use a male condom here). 

It's best to hold the dental dam to keep it in place. But, don’t stretch the dam or make it tight to the skin. Instead, let it naturally stick to the body, or use a bit of water to assist the contact. Again, use lubricants to avoid tearing. And, avoid spermicide, as it can increase irritation in the mouth and throat.

When you’re done, throw away the dental dam. Never use it a second time, and don’t use the other side. 

Condoms and Dental Dams at FunLove

At FunLove, we advocate for safe sex and sensual wellness. We have the largest selection of lubricants, enhancements, and personal care items in the industry. Also, with 30 years as a leading retailer of sensual products, we’re certain we have something for you. We will always ship your order discreetly. 

Order today by utilizing our discreet online shopping, with free shipping on all orders over $69. Or, if you are near our physical stores in Arizona and Colorado, stop in with any questions you may have. If you wish to return a purchase, please see our policy.

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