Types of condoms:condoms
Condoms are available in a variety of sizes, lengths widths, colours and shapes and are down to your own personal choice which you and your partner choose to use. Some condoms are flavoured to make oral sex more enjoyable, textured and ribbed condoms are also available which can increase sensation for both partners. They also come in a variety of colours, even novelty glow in the dark! Condoms are usually made of latex or polyurethane. There are different brands available on the market at differing prices.
The female condom is made of polyurethane and lines the vagina. It has two rings to keep it in place. One end is closed and is inserted into the vagina, the other end is open and the ring sits outside the opening of the vagina. Staff at a family planning clinic or Gum clinic can show you how to fit it and how to use it properly. This product gives women the control with their contraception without chemical intervention.
These are the most commonly and widely used condoms available and these are the cheapest on the market.
There is a type of condom, called the "Avanti" which is made of very thin polyurethane. The Avanti is a useful alternative if you or your partner are sensitive to or have a Latex allergy. The thinness appears to increase the sensitivity but it remains more expensive than its counterpart.
Spray on Condoms:
In Germany at the Institute for Condom Guidance Jan Vinzenz Krause has invented a product which is being developed and tested. It is a spray on condom apparently the penis is inserted into a can and sprayed all over with latex providing a snug fit for all sizes of penis. They are hoping to market the product in Germany in 2008 and are currently asking for volunteers to test the product.
This product is in fact in developmental stages. Dr.Michel Bergeron a researcher in Laval University in Quebec city has developed a product which is liquid at room temperature but becomes a barrier gel at body temperature. The product contains microbicides and act similarly to spermicides acting as a chemical and physical barrier. Currently protection is against STI’s like Herpes, HPV, Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea and pregnancy with a degree of protection from HIV. This product is in its trial period and will not be expected on the shelves for several years.