Monday, April 20, 2009

Vibrator + Condom?

Is it necessary to put a condom on a vibrator if you're going to use it for penetration? Do you have any other tips for the first time using a vibrator?

Great question! The material, maintenance and use of sex toys varies so much that it's hard to say exactly if or when a condom should be used with your vibrator (which, again, is why this is such a good question).
Here is some general advice that applies widely:

*Condoms should be used if the vibrator is being used by more than one person, as in all practices of safer sex with a partner(s).

*Condoms should be used if a lubricant -other than water-based lubricant- is being used. The integrity of silicone based toys is jeopardized with the use of silicone based lubricant, and latex based toys, just like latex condoms, break down with oil based lubricants. Therefore, applying non-water based lubes after a condom is placed on your vibrator can help protect your toy; however, in these cases, water based lubricant may be a safer bet. (For more on lubes, see below!)

*Condoms are recommended with toys that contain phthalates. You may recognize the word "phthalate" from concerns regarding reusable water containers (i.e. nalgenes). Phthalates are often used in sex toys, too, especially with "jelly rubber" toys. Because the negative health effects of phthalates are open for debate, protecting yourself with condoms to create a barrier between yourself and the tissue exposed to phthalates might be a good idea.

*Finally, condoms are good to use if the toy hasn't been cleaned. It is good practice to wash your toy (again cleaning agents depend on the material, but when in doubt go mild!) with very gentle soap after each use. A lot of materials are porous and serve as an excellent home for bacteria.

As for the first time use of a vibrator, it's an great idea to take your time and explore. Set the mood: create a comfortable space for yourself that doesn't have the risk of interruption. Feel the strength of the vibrator and different levels of pressure on other parts of your body first (your inner thigh, your chest), then try bringing it down to your genital area. Babeland (a site Sexperts really likes!) has an excellent guide for vibrator use:
http://www.babeland.com/sexinfo/howto/howtouseavibrator

Good luck. Thanks for the question :)

Sexperts

1 comment:

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