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Condom use is a healthy and responsible part of sexual behaviour and they are an essential item no matter your age. While there are restrictions around the legal age of sexual interactions between people, and restrictions on the purchase of pornography and sex toys, these age restrictions don’t actually apply to condoms.
How old do I need to be to buy condoms?
Thinking that you need to be over 18 to buy condoms is a total myth. While different countries all have their own ages for the legal age of sexual consent there is no age limit to buying condoms and this is true for almost every country and state in the world. While as a young person, and even for some adults, it will likely be a little intimidating or even embarrassing to buy condoms, but you can actually buy them at any age, as safety needs to be first and foremost along with consent. In the United States they are considered a health item which means that they can be purchased by anyone in the same way as you would buy toothpaste or soap.
How can I buy them?
You don’t need a prescription for condoms and they are available to anyone. The easiest way to purchase condoms is to buy them online and have them delivered straight to your door. Of course this means that you will need to plan out your playtime in advance but it is always worthwhile to have some on hand just in case you get lucky. Better safe than sorry right? If you are desperate though you can grab them at any pharmacy, service station or grocery store.
What’s the cost?
The price of condoms will differ between condom brands and stores. Generally, purchases from supermarkets or pharmacies will be slightly more expensive than buying them online and, buying them in larger quantities is always going to work out cheaper per condom than buying them in smaller amounts. While all condoms, so long as they are used correctly with a lot of lube, should be fine to use, you need to ensure that you have the correct fit and be wary of any materials that you may be sensitive to. Some people will have latex allergies meaning that many condoms will not be suitable for their skin. Of course, there are alternative materials available but they may be slightly more expensive. Larger or smaller sizes may also create a bit of a hike in the cost. Our range varies from a few dollars up to about $20 for a 6 pack.
Is it discreet?
Buying online is totally discreet. We will send everything in an unmarked bag or box (depending on how much you order) so no one will know what is inside! Plus, you can pick out whichever size, colour, flavour or texture you like without any embarrassment or blushing moments.
Why do I need them?
In your lifetime you will likely come across a prospective partner that does not want to use a condom for sex. This person is not worth your time if they do not want to put the health and safety of your body first. Regardless of whether you or your partner have had sex before you should use a condom for all your sexual encounters. Later down the track when you are in a stable, safe relationship this may change but they are absolutely essential when you are beginning to have sexual interactions with someone new or you are not 100% sure of your own, or your lovers’ sexual health background. Condoms help to protect you against unwanted pregnancies (no babies!) and STDs including HIV.
Do I still need them if my partner is on the pill?
I know, I know birth control is designed to stop females from getting pregnant so that means there is no more need for condoms right? Not exactly. Unfortunately, the rate of women that use condoms drops significantly when they go on the pill, but what about those pesky STDs? The contraceptive pill won’t stop those. Plus, while other forms of birth control are pretty effective, nothing is 100% so a condom is a great backup and will give you extra piece of mind so you can focus on the fun part of sex.
And don’t forget that condoms are important for all manner of sexual interaction, not just vaginal sex. STD’s can be spread during unprotected anal sex and even oral sex. Using a condom correctly in these situations means that you are 99% protected from bacteria or viruses spread via body fluids. Plus, if you don’t like to swallow then this is your perfect excuse not to right?
And guys, I hate to be the one to tell you this (I love it) but research suggests that wearing a condom doesn’t actually make sex less enjoyable, however in some cases it does make a penis owner take slightly longer before orgasm… So condom use has great results for everyone involved. No babies, no STDs, no semen seeping between anyone’s legs 30 minutes later and a longer playtime. I see no downside. Do you?
So now that I have convinced you to use one, what do you need to look out for?
You are lucky enough to live in a day and age where you don’t need to settle for a one size fits all condom. There are styles to fit almost (if not all) penis sizes comfortably. The size is essential as, just like a lack of lubrication, the wrong size condom also plays a large part in condom failure rates. If you or your partner are on the smaller size, look for a condom labelled as a smaller, slim or snug fit. And, if you or your partner are on the larger end of the scale then the ever famous Magnum Condom should have you covered. Just make sure you look at the measurements as you need the condom to remain snug on the penis or it won’t stay on there for long. Make sure you are being honest with yourself too when you go buying this type of product. Are you really the size you tell your friends you are? Better safe than sorry!
Actually, don’t consider it, just use it. In almost all cases of a condom breakage or tearing during sex it is because the condom is not lubricated enough. While most condom styles will come already lubricated, the amount is nowhere near enough for a smooth, comfortable and safe ride. The things about latex is that it tends to have a drying effect, and when you mix dryness with friction you get broken condoms. So, lubricant is absolutely essential! And of course, if you are partaking in some anal sex then you will need even more lubricant as the anus is not self lubricating. Just remember that you can not use an oil based lubricant with latex condoms as it breaks down the material. If you are unsure, water based lubricant is always a safe bet.
Don’t get overwhelmed by all the styles
Ribs, bumps, studs, flavoured, coloured, non-latex, vegan! What does it all mean?! So many styles, so little time. Try not to allow all the different types and styles of condoms to distract you. Honestly, so long as you have the size and material right, and you have some lube ready to go then almost any condom will do. Once you have a little more practice up your (below your) belt then it is time to start trying out a few different styles and types to find out what you really like. Always keep in mind that safety comes first, everything else is just a bonus.
Have them on hand at all times
By your bedside so you don’t ruin the moment running around trying to find them and also have a few in your wallet when you go out in case you end up going home with someone that doesn’t have any of their own.
And please keep in mind that using a condom is not going to ruin the spontaneity or wildness of your sex and it definitely won’t make it less enjoyable for either partner! In fact, it will do quite the opposite. It shows respect, maturity and that they know what they are doing with their and your body. Someone that respects your body will always be a better lover and sex is so much more enjoyable when you both feel comfortable, safe and aren’t spending the whole time worrying about running off afterwards for the morning after pill or the fact that you might be getting an STD right now. Literally right now. Every thrust. Am I freaking you out? I don’t want to freak you out but they are so important and I just can’t stress it enough.