Dienstag, 15. November 2011

Where can I buy condoms?

Most of us probably remember the first time we had to buy condoms. Going into the local pharmacy or supermarket, wandering about among breakfast cereals, frozen peas, pet food, toilet paper, until you got to a birth control section filled with brightly coloured boxes, most of them with a Durex logo, with strange pictures and names that didn’t seem to have much to do with sex, as far as you could make out (a counch? A feather? What do these guys get up to?)

Then, once you’ve made a more or less random selection, based upon some cryptic description on the back of the box and whichever one had the least threatening picture, shuffling up to the checkout. Then realising on the way that just striding into your local convenience shop and slamming down a box of condoms on the checkout might be a little strange, you look around for some other stuff to get – which is really beginning to make this an expensive outing, as it’s not like you can get condoms cheap in the first place. So you grab whatever’s to hand. But then, as you queue up, you realise that this might actually make the situation a whole lot weirder. If you’ve managed to pick up some items that seem sensible together, you might just get away with it – cereal, milk and condoms? Seems like you’ve got a pleasant and pretty civilised morning planned…or at least that you’re being sensible enough not to let your shenanigans get in the way of a square breakfast. Cat food, a box of matches and condoms? Might raise some eyebrows.   

Whatever decoy items you wind up grabbing, sooner or later you’ve got a show down with the cashier. And even if they’re the friendliest person you could hope to meet, you can’t avoid some sense of awkwardness – this stuff is a personal matter, after all.

Maybe in the passing years the whole experience has got easier, to the point you don’t even notice any more. But maybe some of the weirdness remains…

Thanks to the internet, you no longer have to deal with the inconvenience of weirdness of the condom buying experience. With sites such as Vinico you can buy condoms online, discretely, without having to weigh up the advantages of bananas vs frozen chips, or getting lost among the baby isle (which, lets face it, if you’re buying contraception is somewhere you really don’t want to be). But not only is it quicker and easier, the selection is far greater, and you get better descriptions of exactly what features each condom has – including the ability to search by category, size and type. So, unless you really need that cereal, it’s got to be better to buy condoms online.

Actually there is a very funny german film, what could happen, when you buy condoms offline :-)

Have fun:

Montag, 14. November 2011

Buying Condoms online - Is buying condoms online safe?

Anybody who has gone on Ebay and tried to buy a Ferrari, the brief case from Pulp Fiction, or the Holy Grail, is probably pretty suspicious about online purchases. And it makes sense to exercise some caution when buying anything on the internet – especially when buying anything as important as condoms online. Skimping on quality on those budget batteries is one thing, but bargain basement contraception may not turn out to be the smart money saving choice they were advertised as. So it’s important you pick a website that you can trust, rather than just trying to get condoms cheap.

There’s loads of benefits when you buy condoms online – increased choice, better value for money and not having to stare down the knowing smirks of pharmacy cashiers. And as long as you’re sensible about where you shop online, you can avoid the horrors of internet fraud by sticking to reputable, safe online retailers.

Look out for seals, such as VeriSign and the Trusted Shops Guarantee. Sites pay to be audited to qualify for these seals, and can only display them if they abide by rules of good practice - such as ensuring product quality and protecting your bank details. It’s also worth checking out a website’s About section and contact details. If you can’t find a physical address for the retailers, you should be on guard. Some basic research is helpful in verifying a site’s trustworthiness. Entering the site name and other words like “scam” and “fraud” can turn up any unscrupulous dealings they may have had with other online customers. And, most obviously, if a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is. A thousand condoms for a fiver? Probably not legit. A little common sense can go a long way. You might even be able to get condom samples from the site, which you can quality-test yourself.

As long as you go to a safe online retailer, you won’t have any trouble if you buy condoms online. Any decent condom store will mail them in secure, discrete packaging, straight to your door – which has got to be safer than a packet that’s been sat on a super market shelf at the mercy of any prankster with a sharp pin and a twisted sense of humour. Exercise a little caution, and buying condoms online is perfectly safe.

Sonntag, 13. November 2011

What you also can do with latex condoms?

A very funny condom commercial!

... just chewing gum!

Another funny one:

Just let me know if you like these commercials, i could post some more ...

Are latex condoms better?

Compared to the animal tusk and tortoise shell condoms of a few hundred years back, latex condoms are almost certainly better (unless that’s your thing of course – we’re not here to judge you). But how does latex compare to other modern condom materials – polyurethane and lamb skin?

Latex condoms are made from an emulsion of rubber, sourced from rubber trees. Polyurethane condoms are made from a synthetic plastic. Lamb skin condoms have a pretty misleading name, as they’re actually made of sheep intestines. Pretty sexy, eh?

Latex are the most common kind of condoms. They’re the most stretchy of the three, and so least likely to stretch or slip. When used properly, they’re effective at blocking sperm, so are an effective birth control method. They also massively reduce the risk of transmitting STIs, including HIV, so are a good choice when having sex with a new partner or someone mysterious that you don’t know the sexual history of with any certainty. However, about 1% of people are allergic to latex, which makes such intimate contact with the substance really rather unpleasant. Which brings us to…

Polyurethane condoms – a good choice if one or more participants are allergic to latex, as it won’t set off an allergic reaction. Polyurethane also has a bunch of fans who aren’t necessarily allergic to latex – some people like the way that polyurethane transfers heat better than latex, saying polyurethane condoms provide a better sensation. Like latex, they’re effective barrier contraception and very effective at preventing the spread of STIs when used correctly. However, although polyurethane is actually stronger than latex, it’s not as stretchy – so polyurethane condoms can break and slip more easily.

Lamb skin condoms are another option if a latex allergy is a problem. And like polyurethane, they’re got a bunch of fans that claim they feel a lot better. However, if you want condoms cheap, they’re not the best bet, as they’re the most expensive of the three. And, more seriously, they’re not very effective at preventing the spread of STIs. They can block semen, but there are microscopic holes in the material that are large enough to allow pathogens to pass through. So they’re best used as contraception inside a monogamous relationship.

So, whether latex condoms are best is a matter of personal preference – they’re probably the safest, but if you’re allergic to them, polyurethane is probably a better bet. Unless you’re unnecessarily old fashioned, rich or just like showing off – in which case you could always go for the sensual embrace of sheep intestines…