person holding yellow banana fruit

How to Choose the Best Condoms and Dental Dams for Oral Sex

Oral sex is safe, but it’s important to use barrier methods to reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Using condoms and dental dams can make your lips, throat, anus, and vagina safer.

If you want a little extra pleasure, try flavored condoms or raid your kitchen for foods that add a punch of flavor to oral sex.

Flavored Condoms

Flavoured condoms are standard latex condoms with a special layer of flavouring or aroma on top of them. The purpose of these condoms is to enhance sexual pleasure for couples during oral sex and they are FDA-approved. They also help reduce the risk of sexually transmitted diseases and infections. However, these condoms are meant for oral sex only and not vaginal penetration as the sugar in them may affect the pH levels of your lady bits.

Many of these flavored condoms are sweet dessert and fruity, which makes them a perfect match for your taste buds. Some people don’t like flavored condoms as they find them artificial or too sugary. The good news is that there are low-odor options available too.

Regardless of the flavour you choose, always remember to use them sparingly as the purpose is to boost pleasure and not to replace your sexual activity with it. Oral sex without protection increases the risk of infection from herpes, syphilis, gonorrhea, and HIV. These STIs are spread through the mouth, and using protection during oral sex prevents them from spreading to your partner. If you have latex allergies, consider using a non-flavored condom instead of the scented ones. These protect you against pregnancy and STIs just as effectively. Plus, they don’t have that weird latex smell that you and your partner might dislike.

Read also:  The Best Menstrual Disc For Sex

Non-Lubricated Condoms

While lubricated condoms are a great choice for many situations, non-lubricated condoms can be the best choice for some people and for some types of sexual activity. Non-lubricated condoms can be a good option for oral sex because they don’t come with lube that could have an unpleasant taste or make your tongue go numb. Non-lubricated condoms also can be a better choice for people with lube allergies or who prefer to use their own lubricant, such as water-based or silicone lube.

For anal sex, non-lubricated condoms are also ideal because they don’t contain spermicide and can be used with an additional water-based or silicone lube to reduce friction. Some lubricants (such as body oil, lotion or petroleum jelly) can damage latex condoms and increase the risk of them splitting during anal sex, so it’s important to avoid using them with a latex or polyurethane condom.

The Lifestyles Non-Lubricated Dry Condom is a good option for oral sex and can be used with any type of lubricant. It is a bit narrower than standard condoms and thicker for added protection. These condoms are made of nitrile and are latex-free, making them perfect for individuals with a known or suspected allergy to natural rubber latex. They have been electronically tested for reliability and meet U.S. strength standards, and they can be re-lubricated with oil, water or silicone lubricant. They are also an excellent choice for survivalists because they can be used as a waterproof reservoir and can hold up to a liter of water each.

Read also:  Choosing the Best Lube For Silicone Sex Toys

Dental Dams

Dental dams aren’t as well-known as condoms, but they have the same benefits for oral sex and can be used for anal or vaginal sex. A person can buy them online or in adult sex shops, though they are less commonly available in pharmacies. They are typically more expensive than condoms — a single one can cost from $1 to $2. Some family planning or sexual health clinics sell them, and some brands also offer latex-free versions.

A person can use a dental dam with water- or silicone-based lubes, but not oil-based ones since these could break down the plastic. A person should be careful not to stretch the dam too much, which can cause rips and holes. If a person feels pain or discomfort while using a dental dam, they should stop and replace it immediately.

Dental dams may not feel as comfortable as a condom or as thin, and they can be a little difficult to get on if a person is wearing pants. Some people find them uncomfortable to have around the vulva or anus, and others don’t like how the dam can move while they are having sex. If a dental dam gets stuck in the vagina or anus, a person should pull it out quickly and carefully to avoid tearing it and potentially losing some semen.

Read also:  The Best Essential Oils For Sex

Common Myths About Oral Sex Condoms

You might be able to give and receive STIs like gonorrhoea, chlamydia and herpes through oral sex, but it’s not “safe sex.” That’s because the condom barrier is broken by saliva, which allows infections to spread. Using a condom and other forms of protection like dental dams, however, can reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections.

The best condoms for oral sex are made of latex, polyisoprene or another material that is safe for use during oral sex. They should also have a water-based or silicone lubricant, which will help ensure a smoother ride. If you and your partner are allergic to latex, there are alternatives such as the One myONE line of fragrance-free condoms. These are thin and stretchy, and they’re available in 60 different sizes for a secure fit.

If you want a little extra sensation, look for a flavored condom that tastes good (like Skins strawberry or Pasante chocolate). Or try textured condoms with ridges and studs that add stimulation. Some even warm up in your mouth, increasing pleasure.

Some flavored condoms are also available with extra lube, so you can have the best of both worlds. And if you’re not in the mood for a lubricated condom, there are lots of unflavored options to choose from too. The bestselling Trojan ENZ condoms, for example, are made with oral sex in mind and come in classic shapes and flavors.