Great question! Flavored condoms are just regular latex condoms with a flavored coating. If you’ve ever had a dentist’s glove in your mouth, you know latex doesn’t taste very good; flavored condoms can help make protected oral intercourse more enjoyable for the giver. The coating flavors range from strawberry to chocolate to cola, and are all safe for human consumption.
But you might still ask yourself why somebody would want to use a condom for oral sex.
Many people believe that because oral sex isn’t vaginal or anal penetration, there is little to no risk of contracting an STI/STD. But the fact is, you can get all STIs, (except for pubic lice and Trichomoniasis) when engaging in oral sex with someone who has the infection. There are four ways in which someone can contract an STI. They are…
- Skin to skin contact
- Sexual fluids (vaginal fluids and semen)
- Mother to child
When someone is engaging in oral sex, they can come into contact with someone’s blood, sexual fluids, and/or skin. But the good news is that there are ways to prevent STI transmission from happening! Using a condom for oral sex on a penis will help drastically reduce your risk of transmitting an STI. If oral sex is being performed on the vagina or anus, a dental dam can be used to help reduce your risk also! You can pick up free condoms and dental dams at Teen Clinic!
Avoid using flavored condoms for vaginal intercourse, however. The artificial flavoring can contain sugars and other chemicals that may cause vaginal infection. To reduce the risk of STI transmission and pregnancy during vaginal intercourse, just use a regular condom!
Call us at Teen Clinic if you have any additional questions! 303-442-5160.