Most guys have been drilled on the importance of condom use, and the more optimistic among them may even carry one with them at all times… just in case. But men will often admit that when it comes to the heat of the moment, nothing could be less erotic than having to turn the room upside down in search of an elusive foil package. In fact, it is not unusual for an impassioned couple to throw caution out the window and just hope for the best, rather than risk killing the mood with this annoying practicality.
But countless numbers of men (and women) have had reason to regret such a momentary lapse in judgment when, a few days or weeks later, they discover that they have been left with an unwelcome souvenir of the experience. While many STDs can be successfully treated, some are incurable, and all of them can cause a great deal of discomfort – both physical and emotional. In the end, it is much easier and more sensible to take the necessary precautions in order to protect the penis against contracting a venereal disease.
With a little creativity and a sense of playfulness, a condom does not have to seem like an accusation; instead, guys – with the cooperation of their partners – can incorporate the protective aspect into the fun and games without spoiling the mood.
Keep condoms handy
To avoid disrupting the festivities, condoms should be kept close at hand. Keeping one in the pants pocket is always a good idea, in case of spontaneous encounters or outdoor adventures, but it is also a good idea to keep the nightstand well-stocked. It is even a good idea to separate all of the foil packages to permit as little fumbling as possible when it’s time to get down to business.
Shop together for tantalizing colors, flavors and textures
For couples, a visit to an adult toy store – or just the family planning aisle of the local pharmacy – can be a titillating part of the experience. Condoms are available in a multitude of colors and even flavors, and trying different combinations can be turned into a game.
A variety of textures are also available. Letting her choose is a great way for a guy to show that he cares about her pleasure as well as his own, and she is more than likely to respond favorably when he takes her feelings into account.
For men who find that they have trouble controlling their ejaculations, sensation-delaying condoms can help them to hold off until they are ready, and guys who really prefer bareback may find that ultra-thin condoms give them the intimate sensation they want most.
Make the condom part of the play
Instead of viewing the condom as an interruption, it can be incorporated into the fun and games. For instance, letting her roll it on, at the same time using her fingers to stroke and stimulate, can make the practical side of an encounter much more erotic. Applying a latex-friendly lube can also add to a sensual atmosphere.
Boost penis sensation and overall skin health
Finally, supporting penis skin and nerve health is an important part of eliminating concerns that a condom will dull pleasurable sensations during play. A penis vitamin cream (most health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil) that is specially formulated to lock in the skin’s natural moisture and to providing adequate nourishment to the skin and nerve cells can help in two respects. To begin with, vitamin E works to create a natural moisture barrier that may protect the delicate penile skin from irritation related to spermicides. Essential amino acids are absorbed into the skin, where they can go to work supporting healthy nerve tissue and maintaining optimum penis sensitivity. Vitamins A, C and D work together to keep the penis smooth, supple and responsive; this allows men to experience all of the pleasures of sex while still protecting themselves and their partners from potential problems.