Bourbon Talez: Condom Irritation

Dr. Uchenna Ossai, a sex-positive pelvic health physical therapist, sex educator and counselor, explains why you may have irritation after having sex with  a condom. Check out ways to make safe sex more comfortable.

Hey everyone. Welcome back to a special edition of You See Logic’s Bourbon Talez with Room for Relations. Here’s today’s question:

“I want to practice safe sex however every time time I use a condom my vagina gets so irritated that sex is painful. What do I do?”

Okay. Thank you for this question. A lot of people struggle with this very issue. And I’m going to say the same thing about condoms that I say about lubricants. Experiment. Experiment. Experiment! Not all condoms are the same and you need to figure out which one works best for your body. Here are a few things to consider.

1. Avoid condoms that have a lot of those warming agents, that are edible, that have a lot of flavors. All that sugar and glycerin can be really irritating to your lovely, lovely vagina.

2. Stop using ribbed or textured condoms. Particular because for those of you who have especially sensitive vaginas that can be super agitating. I know you think it enhances your pleasure but it can actually deter from it.

3. Consider not using latex condoms. A lot of us don’t realize that we have a little bit of a latex allergy. So using a condom like Skyn, which is my absolute favorite, mainly because it is made with polyisoprene. So it’s of non-latex ingredient without compromising the strength of the condom.

4. Consider that you might have a pelvic floor issue and you really need to see a physical therapist or a doctor who specializes and pelvic playing to kind of help guide you through that issue.

5. Last but not least once you figure out what you like in a condom carry it with you. Bring your favorite condom and your favorite lubricants on your night out on the town. You need to take responsibility for your sexual health and it shouldn’t be love to the devices of your sex partner.

Good Luck. Cheers!


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Post Author: Uchenna Ossai

Dr. Uchenna Ossai is a sex-positive pelvic health physical therapist, sex educator and counselor. Her sexual philosophy and brand, YouSeeLogic, center on pleasure and audacity while acknowledging the role that gender, race/ethnicity, and biology have on sexual development and expression. She spends her days treating people with both sexual and pelvic floor dysfunction, and her evenings educating the masses everything that has to do with “sexytime.” She embraces being unapologetically real, happily crunk, and deliciously kind.

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