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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Are condoms available in different shapes and sizes?

Yes. Plain tip condoms are available. The most commonly used form consists of a reservoir tip condoms. Usually condoms are available in a regular shape with straight sides. They may also be indented below the head of the penis and is referred to as form fit. It may have a flare, making it wider over the penile head. These differences in shape serve to satisfy individual preferences and enhance pleasure.

Different manufacturers have different sizes of condoms. Condoms vary in size with respect to the length and width. Some condoms have a smaller width and fit more closely while broader ones are slightly loose fitting/ wobbly. There is no internationally accepted standard size for the condom. However, condoms made out of natural rubber (latex) are more stretchable.

2. Are spermicide coated condoms more effective?

Condoms are sometimes coated with a chemical (Nonoxynol 9) believed to help in the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy. However, studies have now revealed that the chemical is ineffective. In fact, it increases the chances of an immune reaction thereby making the user more prone for genital sores. This form of condom is recommended only in cases where both partners have been tested negative for HIV infection.

3. What are textured condoms?

Textured condoms are corrugated with either ribs or bumps that increase sensation. In addition, condoms are also available in many different colors. Communication with the sexual partner is necessary for mutual satisfaction and the choice of condoms has to be a combined one.

4. What are flavored condoms?

Condoms are flavored to make oral sex more enjoyable. These condoms have to be adequately tested and approved before they can be used for penetrative sex.

5. What can I do if a condom breaks during intercourse?

If the condom breaks during vaginal sex, you will need to discuss with your partner the need for emergency contraception which can be used within 72 hours after the break.

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