You might think flavored condoms are a sales tactic, but there’s a great reason why they exist that’s also why you should consider using them.

Flavored condoms are actually designed to be used during oral sex. The flavored coating helps mask the taste of latex and makes oral sex more enjoyable.

More importantly, using condoms during oral sex is the only way to protect yourself against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). This means that flavored condoms are a great way to enjoy oral sex and to stay safe.

After all, sex is a wonderful thing. It can even help you live longer. But it’s important to make sure that you’re engaging in safe sex. This means you should use protection every single time you engage in sexual activity, even during oral sex.

Condoms don’t just prevent pregnancy. They also prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infections.

And, regardless of what you might think, STIs are transmitted through all kinds of sexual activity, including vaginal penetration, anal sex, or oral sex without protection.

Many STIs can be spread through oral sex — including chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, HPV, and even HIV — which is why it’s so important to use protection. STIs can be spread even if your partner doesn’t have any symptoms.

Rates of infection are actually rising. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that there are almost 20 million new cases of STIs reported every year.

While using protection during oral sex doesn’t eliminate your risk of contracting or spreading an STI, it does reduce the risk — which is still very important.

If you’re planning to purchase flavored condoms, the first step is to make sure you buy ones that fit properly.

If the condom is too big or too small, it could slip — or break. A comfortably fitting condom is the best way to make sure both you and your partner enjoy oral sex.

Many flavored condoms are also made of latex. This means if you have a latex allergy, you should make sure to check the package before purchasing.

It’s also important to remember that flavored condoms are designed primarily for use during oral sex.

You shouldn’t use them for vaginal or anal sex unless the directions on the package state otherwise, especially since any added sugars in the flavored coating could contribute to a vaginal yeast infection.

Always read the directions before using condoms to ensure you’re using them correctly.

Tips for using a flavored condom for oral sex

  • Make sure you know how to use a condom. Always use a condom that fits right.
  • Check the expiration date on the condom. You shouldn’t use a condom if the wrapper is damaged or torn. Always check the condom for any obvious problems like tiny holes or stiffness.
  • Always use a new condom every time you have sex. Even if you’re just switching from oral sex to another type of penetration before reaching completion, you need to reapply a new condom.
  • Only use condom-safe lubricants. Even natural lubricants like olive oil can cause latex condoms to break down and increases risk of pregnancy or contracting an STI.

Remember, you’re at a higher risk of contracting an STI each and every time you don’t use protection when you engage in sexual activity.

However, there are other ways to stay safe during oral sex if you aren’t sure you want to use flavored condoms or if you have a latex allergy.

Dental dams are one alternative to help prevent the spread of STIs during oral sex. Or you can use regular condoms with a flavored condom-safe lubricant.

Water or silicone-based lubricants are best for use with condoms, and there are many water-based lubricants that are safe for use during oral sex.

Always be sure to read the directions before using any contraceptives or lubricants to make sure you’re using them correctly.

You’ll also want to keep in mind that while flavored lubricants can be used along with regular condoms, they shouldn’t be used in or near a vagina.

Just like with flavored condoms, any added sugars in flavored lubricants may increase your risk of a vaginal yeast infection.

Remember, STI prevention often starts before you engage in sexual activity. Get tested for STIs each and every time you’re considering sex with a new partner, and encourage your partner to do the same.

You should also get tested before having sex without protection or if you or your partner have had multiple partners.

Don’t be afraid to take charge of your sexual health. After all, the best sex starts with safe sex.