Let’s face it: nobody likes sex as much with a condom. Why? It dulls the sensation, even for women. There is nothing as hot as the skin-on-skin feeling.

Problem is, people carry germs, and your open vagina has raw mucous membranes that offer direct access to your bloodstream.

This is a problem. There are two types of condoms, one for men and one for women. The male condom is the one that’s everywhere; it fits on an erect penis, fitting snugly around the base so as not to let any semen escape. The female condom, on the other hand, is like a plastic bag that goes inside the woman. They are vastly unpopular, horrible to use, and generally suck big time. If you can make it work for you, then good for you.

If you don’t want to get pregnant or catch a sexually transmitted disease, use condoms. This seems like simple advice, but if you’ve ever tried putting on a condom, it isn’t exactly simple. You either leave it to the guy to do, or you don’t use it.

It’s time you learnt how to put a condom on, and not make it awkward or ruin your sexual experience.

The male condom is a better option, but knowing how to use a condom is a real issue for most people. Unless you are experienced, it can seem easier to risk an STI and just do it without. INCORRECT. Learn how to use them! They will save you from worrying about getting pregnant and worse, having to get STI checks every second month.

There are loads of different types of condoms, with the ultra thin varieties the most popular because they offer the greatest sensation. Find a brand that you like, and learn how to use them. Watch YouTube videos if you must, slip them on to bananas and carrots if you need to, and better yet, learn how to put one on with your mouth. It is a skill that is undervalued, because fumbling around with your hands can seem like a total buzz kill. It’s true. But, if you have it in your mouth, you can make it sexy at the same time.

Angel, in this video, has got this seriously down and can help show you how to put condoms on with your mouth.

Dr. Paul is hilarious, and discusses getting the right condom to fit the myriad of weird-shaped penises you may hop on to.

What are the best condoms?

The thinner the better, generally speaking, for greater sensations, but don’t forget to use lube to sweeten the deal. You are going to have to try a lot of varieties to find the kinds you prefer, as the size of the penis matters – if you have a small penis, a big condom is going to fall right off, and if you have a large penis, it will squash the life out of your erection and then break. Not safe.

When scouring the internet for the best condoms, make sure they are quality-tested and approved by at least one rich country or region who cares about the health and safety of their citizens (FDA and CA Mark are good starts).

If we go by reviews and how much people love them, Trojan’s Naturalamb real-skin condoms top the list of best condoms ever made. They do not protect against STIs unfortunately, but if you have to use condoms and don’t need to worry about STIs, these appear to be an excellent choice.

Latex allergies

If you react badly to condoms (ranging from severe anaphylaxis to an itch) , there are latex-free versions available online from more than one supplier. Don’t forget that non-latex condoms also need lube and expire, just like regular condoms. Many female condoms are latex-free.

Female condoms

These have a very, very bad reputation for being noisy, hard to use, and not remotely sexy, but that’s not fair anymore and many happy users will testify that the female condom deserves a fair go. Female condoms are a valid option, and they do take some getting used to, are not perfect, and need extra lube, but they offer many couples a better experience than the male condom.

If you are going to give it a try, try it for a month, not just once. Just like putting in tampons, putting on a male condom and cooking rissotto, the female condom takes some practice, but can be really rewarding as another contraceptive option. Read our article on the female condom, which includes reviews – see what people using them actually think.

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