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How to Choose the Best Condom for You

Contrary to popular belief, safe sex does not equal lame sex. In fact, having good sexual health habits keeps sex fun. No one wants to deal with the discomfort that accompanies certain STDs - burning urination is definitely not fun, and we all know about the consequences of some of the more serious STDs.

To lessen your chance of catching a nasty STD, it is essential to pick condoms that are effective and even add an element of fun to your sex life, in case you need yet one more reason to cover up. After all, who doesn't want to get the most bang for their buck?

Selecting Your Condom

When it comes to condoms, size definitely matters. Ignore that macho voice in your head that says bigger is better. If you get a condom that is too large, it will leave too much space at the tip or the base to fit properly. Not only will this leave your condom vulnerable to slippage, but it will also make you look smaller relative to the size of your condom.

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However, if your condom is too small, it may break during sex. Finding the right fit is an important part of the selection process. If you are not sure about the proper size, read the packaging to find out what works for your package. There are often charts or guides on the back of a condom box that will help you find the perfect fit.


There is a vast selection of textures, including ribbed, extra thin, and condoms with exotic patterns. These are marketed as pleasure enhancers, but in practice, it all comes down to preference: some men like the added sensation, while others find it distracting. The same goes for women. Before you undress, address this issue so you avoid any distraction during the main attraction.

Pre-lubricated condoms also figure into the mix. These condoms cost more than your standard protection, but they may add a new layer of excitement to your sex life. Pre-lubricated condoms can also be big timesavers in the bedroom. Between getting the condom on and lubing up, you can waste precious time. With pre-lubricated condoms you elimiate one step and get down to getting down faster.

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Flavored condoms are popular for oral play. It is vital to realize that no matter what flavor, material or brand you use, your partner is still taking a trip down to your nether regions, and that means you still need to wash up; flavor should be an enhancement, not a cover-up for your funky junk.

Spermicidal condoms are great for people who want an added layer of protection to ensure that they don't make any babies. Because spermicidal condoms taste bad, make sure that you keep a few flavored condoms on hand. Use the flavored condoms to start, then switch to a spermicidal condom when things start to heat up.


Condom Material Matters

Another condom selection issue is the material. This means that you need to know in advance about any allergies. Some women and men have allergic reactions to latex or rubber. If you notice inflammation issues during sex with a certain material, avoid that material when you shop for condoms in the future.

When it comes to feeling the most sensation during sex while still playing it safe, microsheer is the ideal material. It is thinner than other materials, yet more resistant to tearing than anything else currently on the market. It also transmits body heat from you to your partner, so you might even forget it is on. Microsheer costs more than latex or rubber, but think of it as an investment; the cost of a doctor visit or emergency contraceptives is higher than the cost of condoms, after all.

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Why Condom Use Is Important

Unwanted pregnancies are tough. So are sexually transmitted infections. When you hear friends complain about how condoms ruin the experience, bear in mind that some extra padding between you and your partner feels better than the panic of having an unwanted pregnancy or disease on your hands.

Aside from the pain and irritation high-risk sex can lead to, there is also the limitation on your pool of potential partners. Medical experts are required to respect your privacy, but any time you infect a partner, word gets around.

When this happens, the idea that condoms make sex less enjoyable becomes moot. You cannot have worse sex if you are having no sex at all. The sheer range of condom selection and the fact that you can pick condoms that will actually enhance your sex life should help you to get over this mental hump so that you can hump safely.


Condoms are Important for Men and Women

Condom selection is a specific aspect of sexual health that every sexually active person must consider. For women who do not want children, birth control is a key component of their health care, and one that is addressed during gynecologist visits. However, birth control and the prevention of sexually transmitted infections are two entirely separate things. This means women on birth control should always carry condoms, just to be safe.

For men, condom selection plays a bigger role in their sexual health because there are fewer prescriptions and surgical options. Vasectomies are costly, fairly permanent and can be risky for young men, plus they do not address the risk of catching a sexually transmitted infection.

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Condoms will address both issues, and they will be more affordable and practical while you are still playing the field, or even when you settle down but are still not ready for children just yet.

Overall, the facts above mean that no matter your gender, what type of sex you plan on having, or how often you plan to have sex, it is essential to your sexual health that your condom selection is smart and that you practice safe sex with every partner. If you have specific questions about condom selection, practicing safe sex or other sexual health issues, contact a gynecologist or urologist.


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Slippery When Wet: Water Play for Partners

Water is sensual. It feels good against your skin, you're half or fully naked, and there's no need for lubrication. What more could you ask for?

If you have a difficult time thinking of something new, don't worry. We have some of the best sex moves to make in water. And since the summer is approaching, you will most likely be in the water more often, which means you might be curious about these new ways to play with your partner.{relatedarticles}

Start with Foreplay

When you start having water fun, just tease each other. This is water foreplay. Grab one another, rub up against each other, and slide in between one another without getting too far into it. You can also sit on your man, grab him, and even go underwater for some fun without feeling as though you are completely exposed.


You can also play a bit of peek-a-boo, as you both show off what you got, but hide under water or behind the small piece of clothing you're wearing.

The more time you participate in water foreplay, the more intense your feelings will become, and the more ready you'll be to get it on.{relatedarticles}

Get Ready for Positioning

As you both get excited from the foreplay, you can either keep your bathing suits on or take turns taking each other's off. That's the great thing about bathing suits, it doesn't take much to get them out of the way, and it doesn't take long to get them off.

Be careful if you are taking the bathing suits off. Make sure you place them somewhere you can get to them afterwards. You don't want to be caught having to walk back to your room naked, if they get washed away somehow.

Once you are to this point, you're ready to get down to business. Try out some of these moves for sex fun in water.

If you are in a hot tub, or another place where your man can sit down, climb on top of him to sit. With the buoyancy of the water, you can easily do squats on him. Your hands can be on his nipples or wrapped up in his hair.


If you are in a shallow depth of water, see if he is able to lay down resting his forearms on the bottom. Face away from his face and ride him that way. Again, the buoyancy of the water makes doing the squats much easier.{relatedarticles}

If the water is shallow, lay on your back. Put one leg up, and have him enter in closely. One of his hands will hold your leg up, the other can be used on your clitoris.

If you are able to rest your head on the edge of the pool, or hot tub, have him bring each of your legs around his waist, so he can do you that way.

Grab onto a raft and have him come in from behind you. He can move your legs up or down to create a different sensation for both of you.

Have him sit on an inner tube and sit on him while he is on it. Lean back and he can thrust that way. You can also place your legs on his shoulders.


If you have a raft that's large enough, spoon each other and have him enter you. The slow, rocking motions the raft and you both make will surely make you both feel loved by one other.{relatedarticles}

Sit down on one of the steps that go into the pool. Have him lay into you with his feet on the bottom of the pool. Then he can use his waist to move back and forth.

Have him stand on the last rung of the ladder going into the pool. Come up in front of you and face away from him with your feet on the second to last rung. You'll be in front of him and he enters from behind.

You have to love the buoyancy of water. Just jump on him so he is holding you at his waist. He can hold you with his hands on your behind, and move you back and forth.


Water Fun in the Shower

The pool, hot tub, and other bodies of water aren't the only places you can have sex fun. You can also have it in the shower. Try these moves out.

Position yourself right underneath the showerhead. Have him tilt his back a little and you bend down just a little to make it easier for him to enter.{relatedarticles}

Have him sit in the bathtub with the shower pouring down on him. Straddle him from above and let the shower and your movement do the rest.

Have him sit on the edge of the bathtub. Back up to him so that you are almost sitting on him. Your thighs will burn after you guys are done, but it's worth it.

Don't forget that if you have a bathtub, rather than just a standalone shower, you can do many of the hot tub, pool, and other bodies of water moves in it. Space may make things difficult, but get creative, and make them work the best you can.


Start Having More Sex with More Fun

Sex can get boring if you have been with the same person for a while. Getting in the mood in water, and using it to try out some new water sex tricks can really bring the excitement back into your sex life.

With all of these ideas for water sex play, you have even more reasons to get out there and hit the pool, hot tub, lake, or just the shower. Just be careful while you are outside; getting caught in the act can be an embarrassing situation.

If it does happen though, at least you can hide under the water. Well, that is until you have to come up for air. Then you'll have to figure something out, but that's on you. Have fun!


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Passionate Sex: How to Overcome Boredom in the Bedroom

By Richard Nicastro, Ph.D.

Q: I love my husband, but somewhere along the line we've become more like friends than lovers. We had an amazing sex life early in our relationship but now we're lucky if we have sex once a month, and when we do it's pretty unremarkable. I really enjoy sex and I'd like to make it a regular part of our life again. Any suggestions?

A: First of all, you need to take solace in the fact that you're not alone with this problem. Most couples in long-term relationships note a marked reduction in the quantity and quality of sex as the years progress. When you're wrapped up in the heady euphoria of a new relationship, it's hard to imagine that the grinding reality of daily life can ever dampen sexual desire, but, voila! Here you are, years later, juggling kids and a mortgage and a new career, and sex just isn't a priority. And the first step in rejuvenating a lackluster sex life is the awareness of this natural ebb and flow.

Providing there aren't medical reasons for your dwindling sex life (if you're not sure, have a doctor check you out), there are some simple ideas you can incorporate into your life now that can help you and your partner resuscitate your sexual desire:

1. Prioritize sex.

Both partners need to make a commitment to nurture the physical aspect of the relationship. It's a big step to acknowledge that you've been neglecting passion. But once you do, you can begin having the discussions that will get you thinking about sex and eventually bumping it up on your list of priorities. There is no shame in saying, "Hey, we got caught up in life and left something behind that we really miss. Let's agree to openly and honestly work on this together."


2. Plan for sex.

Once you've both agreed to make sex a priority, it's time for some planning. You may be thinking: "Sex should be a spontaneous, natural experience. Planning for it will ruin the magic." Not at all! Quite the contrary: many of the most enjoyable, rewarding things we experience in life are things we must plan for. And when couples put effort into creating the time and space they need for physical intimacy, they temporarily take themselves away from the stresses of their hectic lives. This planned-for time and space actually allows spontaneity to flourish.

3. Plan for romance.

A word for some of you men out there (you know who you are): Planning for sex doesn't mean buying a new multivitamin and sprinting into the bedroom for a quickie. The type of sex that fosters a couple's connection occurs within the context of a loving, intimate relationship. When you nurture romance and make your partner feel special, you set the stage for an evening of passion and great sex. Romance doesn't have to be costly or time consuming (of course, it can if you want it to be). A sensual body massage with your partner's favorite lotion can go a long way in setting just the right mood for passionate love making. Pay attention to romance first, and sex will follow.

4. Become playful and provocative.

Couples in long-term relationships need to revisit the art of flirtation. Flirting and teasing are great ways to fan the flames of desire. Have you ever noticed how people in a new relationship excel at teasing? Whether seducing each other at the supermarket or while sitting at a red light, new lovers discover ways to turn each other on in the most ordinary of circumstances. Unbeknownst to them, these couples are actively creating opportunities to flirt and entice each other. Are you ready to enter the game of flirting with your partner?

5. Nurture your sexual attitude.

The art and skill of flirting starts with a particular attitude. The most important part of this attitude involves giving yourself permission to be playful and provocative with your partner. Without permission, you will remain inhibited and lose the freedom necessary to have a fulfilling sex life. Learn to give yourself permission to have fun with your partner.

6. Talk about sex.

Your assumptions about what your partner enjoys sexually might be standing in the way of a great sex life. You're both evolving--your partner's tastes in music, food, and clothes have probably changed over the years, so why do you assume that his/her sexual desires are the same as when you first met? Ask your partner what turns him/her on today. Don't assume you know (even if you believe you know your partner really well). Maybe there is something s/he would like you to try sexually that s/he would find exciting. Information about your partner's sexual desires and fantasies can go a long way in creating an exciting sex life.


7. Become less predictable.

Some couples fall into a rut because their sexual routines have become too predictable. While familiarity is comforting and helps build trust, it can also become a little boring when it comes to sex. Uncertainty and novelty feed excitement and can give your sex life an electrical charge. Experiment together (there are many good books available to help couples work on improving their sex life) and create a shared sense of adventure in the bedroom (or the living room, or the study...)

Is your relationship worth protecting? Are you ready to make your marriage everything it can be?

To discover more relationship tips, visit http://StrengthenYourRelationship.com/ and sign up for Dr. Nicastro's FREE Relationship Toolbox Newsletter. As a bonus, you will receive the popular free reports: "The four mindsets that can topple your relationship" and "Relationship self-defense: Control the way you argue before your arguments control you."

About the Author:

Richard Nicastro, Ph.D. is a psychologist and relationship coach who is passionate about helping couples protect the sanctuary of their relationship. Rich and his wife founded LifeTalk Coaching, an internet-based coaching business that helps couples strengthen their relationships.

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