The Lovetreats Safe Sex Guide
Sex is fantastic. We have already established that. And while having copious amounts of mind-blowing, toe-curling sex, let’s not forget to stay safe! Here’s a quick brush up of the basics:
Condoms don't just protect against pregnancy, they're essential for preventing STIs too. There are plenty of different kinds available on the Lovetreats website, but the most important thing is to ensure that they're the right fit. This might take some trial and error if you’ve just started having sex, but the best place to start would be to buy the standard sized ones.
If the standard sizes feel too snug and make you uncomfortable, then get yourself the XL size condoms. But do remember, if condoms don't fit nice and snugly, you're putting yourself and your partner at risk.
You don’t need to ‘double up’ and put on two condoms. Trust us, they cause more damage than help. The friction between the two means that it's far more likely that they'll rip than if you were using one – and if one rips, the other probably will too.
How to put on a condom correctly
- Open the packaging carefully - do not use your teeth to open it. It might rip the condom.
- Hold the tip between your thumb and index finger to squeeze out any air. Make sure it's the right way round – the rolled up bit should be on the outside.
- Place the condom over the tip of the penis and, while still squeezing the top, roll it down the whole length nice and slow.
- If something goes wrong, discard the condom and start with a new one. Same goes for if it rips. Always start with a fresh condom.
Silicone Based Lubes
The base ingredient of silicone based lubes is skin safe silicone which makes them waterproof. So they are perfect for sex under the shower! Silicone based lubricants are very long lasting, have excellent gliding properties and don’t need to be reapplied as often. This makes them perfect for both vaginal and anal sex and can be used with condoms. The only con of silicone based lubes is that they cannot be used with silicone toys.
These arousing lubes contain special ingredients that heat the skin, setting off some new and exciting sensations. Warming lubes also help in relaxing the muscles, increasing blood flow and making the skin more flexible which can lead to more intense orgasms.
Lubes 101: Do's and Don'ts
- Use water or silicone based lubes during sex and masturbation
- Use water or silicone based lubes with condoms
- Use water based lubes with sex toys
- Use a flavoured lube to spice up oral sex
- Use warming or cooling lubes for arousal
- Don't use silicone based lubes with silicone toys
- Don't use oil based fluids with condoms