Condoms: there's no excuse not to

/ 11 May 2016

Let’s talk about The C Word. No, not that C Word. Condoms. For some reason, condom has become a dirty word in some bedrooms, with many people claiming that condoms just take all the fun out of sex.

If, like us, you’re sick of defending that safe sex is the best sex, then fear not; we’ve got you covered. We’ve collected a few of the most popular excuses for abandoning the rubbers, and have the perfect response to anyone who tries to talk you out of using one. And if you still get a ‘no’ then seriously think if you want to be having sex with someone who’s trying to make you take risks you’re not consenting to.

So, hands up if you’ve ever heard one of these before…

“Sex just feels better when we don’t use a condom”

Ah, this old favourite. Chances are we’ve all heard this at some point, and it’s not just men who try it; a girl in this week’s episode of Sex Pod confessed that she prefers the feeling of condom-free bonking.

HOWEVER. This doesn’t have to be the case. A huge number of brands are now making ultra-thin condoms, which promise that they can give you full protection as well as full sensation. The dream combination. Plus, you can concentrate on enjoying sex, not fretting about what’s next, when you know you’ll be both pregnancy AND STI free. We recommend politely directing your partner to the ultra-thin selection at the pharmacy.


“I’m definitely clean, you can totally trust me”

“Pics or it didn’t happen.”

While it’s great that your sex partner is proactive enough to be getting regular STI tests (or so they say), you can only take their word for it, and that’s a real risk to take. Because when it comes to some STIs, no matter what anyone says, there are no ways to spot them, without getting tested. But, if you’re determined to commit to condomless sex, why not make a day of it and take a couple’s trip to the local GUM clinic? Testing centres can be very romantic… Plus, then you’ll know for sure.


“There just isn’t a condom big enough to fit me”

Have you seen that video where a girl literally fits her ENTIRE LEG into a condom? Just show that to anyone who tries to persuade you that they’re simply blessed with genitalia of such monumental proportion that condom companies don’t know how to handle them. And if they’re still moaning it’s too tight a squeeze, there are a range of specialist sizes out there. But chances are, the only thing about them that’s really a problem size is their ego.


“I’ve got a latex allergy”

“Oh no, poor you! That must really affect your ability to use standard dishwashing gloves. Anyway, here’s a non-latex condom. They make those now, you see.”


“No one else has ever complained”

WE DON’T BELIEVE YOU. Plus, sex is a private and intimate act between two people, and the only opinions that matter are the opinions of those two people. Previous experience counts for nuthin’.


“I’ve got no money”

Penny-savers, rejoice. You can bag free condoms from your local contraception or sexual health clinics, and even from your GP or nurse practitioner, so there’s really no excuse for playing the budget card. Cos a baby – or taking time off work to deal with an ignored STI – is going to be a whole heap more expensive.