We hope everyone is planning on stopping by our health center locations in Wicker Park, the Loop, Rogers Park, and Near North this week (Feb 13-20) to pick up some Proper Attire condoms in honor of National Condom Week. Crafted by well-known clothing designers like Alexander Wang and Vena Cava, these condoms are meant to appeal to stylish women and debunk the myth that men are the only people shopping for condoms. Proper Attire offers variety and style for a woman who wants to take control of her sex life by reducing the risk of transmission of HIV infection (AIDS) and many other sexually transmitted diseases, in addition to preventing unintended pregnancy.
There are a multitude of condom varieties available to suit the specific needs of every individual. For example, condoms come in many different sizes to ensure a better fit. Proper Attire XL condoms are premium lubricated latex condoms that are larger than standard condoms. They are flared for a more comfortable fit and made to maximize pleasure.
We know that STIs like herpes can be transmitted through oral sex. To protect yourself, use a condom. Some varieties, like Proper Attire, have condoms that come in fun colors, while other brands may have flavors to make oral sex more enjoyable. You can find flavors ranging from simple strawberry to Coca Cola. (FYI: Beware of "edible" condoms and "novelty" condoms, as they may provide no protection from STIs and do not prevent pregnancy.)
Being safe can be fun too: there are plenty of condoms that are shaped in ways to increase pleasure for the man or woman during intercourse. Proper Attire Dots condoms are premium lubricated latex studded condoms, designed to provide her with extra sensation and maximize pleasure.
Have a favorite condom style we missed? Let us know what's in your nightstand. The key is to use condoms consistently and correctly in order to stay safe. Also, be sure to keep these tips in mind:
1. Always check the expiration date.
2. Leave some space at the top of the condom when you put it on, and pinch out any air to prevent breakage.
3. Be sure to roll it all the way down to prevent it from falling off.
4. Do not use condoms with products like massage oils, lotions or whipped cream. They can damage the latex.
5. Never reuse a condom.
Make sure you talk to your partner about the correct way to use condoms. It's important for both of you to know do's-and-dont's to maximize effectiveness and make condom use as enjoyable as possible.