When you buy condoms, it can feel like there are thousands of brands and varieties of condoms available. It can be overwhelming to try and choose the best type of condom for you and your partner, especially if you engage in different types of sexual activity, such as vaginal, oral, or anal sex.
The main purpose of flavoured condoms is for them to be used during oral sex, which explains the addition of many different flavours to make the experience more enjoyable or to provide new sensations during this sexual activity.
Of course, that doesn’t mean that flavoured condoms can be used for all types of sex. What about penetrative sex? According to the official Durex if you’re thinking of using one during penetrative intercourse.
Some flavoured condoms contain a sugar-based lubricant to give them a pleasant sweet taste. While this can help provide a more enjoyable experience during foreplay and oral sex, intimate products that contain sugar should never be used for penetrative vaginal intercourse. As The University of Texas at Austin University Health Services reminds us, the sugar in these products can alter the pH in the vagina and increase your risk of candidiasis or yeast infections.
If you’re unsure about the components of a specific flavoured condom, it may be a good idea to avoid them altogether for penetrative sex, and instead switch to a non-flavoured condom before engaging in penetrative intercourse.
Candidiasis is a fungal infection caused by Candida spp. Candidiasis can affect different parts of the body, including the mouth, 3 out of every 4 women will experience a bout of vaginal candidiasis at least once in their lives, sometimes even more.
Vaginal yeast infections aren’t considered to be sexually transmitted infections (STDs). Instead, they’re simply the result of an overgrowth of Candida spp. due to an imbalance of your normal vaginal flora. However, sexual activity can increase the risk of developing vaginal yeast infections. According to the CDC, other risk factors of vaginal candidiasis include:
If you’ve recently used flavoured condoms and are worried about a yeast infection, these are some of the symptoms that you should watch out for — according to the Cleveland Clinic:
As we mentioned above, flavoured condoms can be a great choice if you’re looking to introduce fun, new sensations during oral sex. But you should probably avoid them during penetrative sex, unless you can be absolutely certain that they don’t contain any sugar-based lubricants. If you aren’t sure about this, it’s probably safer to switch to a different condom before penetrative sex.
According to Sex, etc. by Rutgers University, you can find non-flavoured condoms made out of different materials, including:
Remember that in addition to choosing the right condom, it’s also very important to learn how to use condoms properly.