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There is a misconception among men and women over 50 that condoms aren’t necessary and don’t need to be worn. While it’s true that there is little to no risk of pregnancy after the age of 50, lovers are just as likely to transmit STIs in their 50s as they are in their 20s.
In fact, according to the Centre for Disease Control, an estimated 16% of new U.S. HIV/AIDS cases are among those ages 50+, with 25% of people living with HIV/AIDS over 50. Risk for STI’s like Herpes, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia and Syphilis remain a concern for 50+ adults as well.
Keeping this in mind, it’s as important as ever to wear a condom when engaging in intercourse with unknown partners – but you may be wondering which condom is right for you? Are there condoms that are better for those over 50? We’ve rounded up the best condom recommendations for your golden years:
Trojan Thintensity condoms are a great option because they are 25% thinner than a standard Trojan, which means you achieve more sensation and will stay hard longer. Even better, Trojan Bareskins are 40% thinner than the standard condom and also a fantastic option.
Durex Extra Sensitive Ribbed are also thinner, but additionally offer a ribbed surface, which will be very pleasurable to her.
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A good read: The ABCs of Extra Small Condoms
Another great option to check out is the Beyond Seven with Aloe-Based Lubricant, which are an ultra-thin condom heavily lubricated with aloe vera to minimize dryness, which is extremely important with older lovers. This brings me to my next point…
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One of the most important factors for pleasurable intercourse at an older age is LUBE! The female body loses estrogen as it ages, which is a key factor in the production of vaginal lubrication during sex.To avoid a dry, uncomfortable and potentially chaffing sex, ensure you explore a variety of lubricants to see what feels best to you.
Enjoying sex with the enhancement of a slippery, silky lubricant will make it feel that much more enjoyable! Gone are the days of sticky textures – the lubricants on the market today offer an incredibly pleasurable experience – but remember if you are using lubricant with a condom, DO NOT use an oil based lube.
A good read: How to Choose The Right Lube
Oil based lubricants are at risk of damaging the condom material and rendering them ineffective. Instead, stick to water-based lubricants. Here are a few of our favourites to try:
Pink Water Lubricant is a top seller and specifically designed with women in mind. It is extremely moisturizing and irritation-free, with key ingredients of aloe vera and oat. Ginseng and guarana to heighten sensation and increase blood flow.
Finally, if you are engaging in intercourse with a new partner, remember that communication is always the key. Be open about your thoughts, fears and desires – ultimately, this is the main factor in ensuring a comfortable and pleasurable experience.