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Lifestyles Lubes it Up!

Posted by Condomologist on June 17, 2009

I can’t get enough of lube. It’s not talked about enough, not used enough, not explored enough, and damn it people, why do we keep telling people that you can use only water-based lube with condoms? Silicone lube is mighty good for many folks. AHHH!!! So how refreshing to stroll into a condom shop on South St. in Philly — I’ll miss Philadelphia a lot when I leave in 3 weeks — and find Lifestyles and their new X2 condom, lubed on the inside and outside. As usual, I’m no condom tester, but I do like my lube, and one point I’m always stuck on is making sure guys (and ladies) know they can lube up their penis before putting a condom on — or just put a few drops in the tip of the condom. (I’m a fan of lubing up the penis.) It makes sex feel better, it’s causing less friction, it feels better…oh, said that already. So I’m excited by this new development, hope you all are too.

lifestyles x2

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Rethinking Flavored Condoms

Posted by Condomologist on May 23, 2009

After taste-testing about 10 different flavors of lube at the office the other day with a bunch of co-workers, then watching as a woman on our mobile testing unit got very excited about mint-flavored condoms today, and now reading about Ethiopia’s efforts to promote condom use by marketing coffee-flavored condoms, I’m not completely sold on spending money on this stuff that I’ve previously argued barely gets used (my argument being almost no one uses condoms for oral sex). BUT, I will say that anything that gets people excited and talking about condoms is a good thing. And if these Ethiopian jawns taste anything like my beloved Haagen Dazs coffee ice cream, I’m tracking them down and trying them myself.

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Now I’m an even bigger fan of lube

Posted by Condomologist on May 20, 2009

As a lube fanatic because of its pleasure and safety properties, I’m further excited by its potential upon finding out that it may be a cure for acne as well. Or so they say in Cambodia.

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COINEF(unction)

Posted by Condomologist on May 14, 2009

No more COINED (Condom-induced Erectile Dysfunction) if the makers of a new stiffer erection-inducing condom have their way when the product makes its way to shelves sometime next year. Futura Medical’s new erection-boosting condom, to be manufactured by SSL, makers of Durex condoms, claims some bed-shaking technology: In the teat of the condom will be a pharmacological dose of a gel called Zanifil, resulting in  “increased local blood flow which in turn will lead to increased rigidity, tumescense (swelling) and duration of an erection.” (Can’t wait to hear the disclaimers and warnings for these commercials: Please calmly admit yourself to the Emergency Department when your boner remains stiff for more than 12 hours.) The launch of the condom has been delayed about a year due to a change in the location of the manufacturing plant (and thus new regulatory obstacles), but once on the market, the prospects for men (and women) whose sex lives and condom use have long been dictated by an inability to stay hard with a jimmy on…well, let’s just say they’ll have less of an excuse if this new condom — which will be under the Durex brand — is the real deal. And if successful, the company claims they’ll follow up with research into the possibility of using the gel on the outside of a condom to stimulate vaginal lubrication. As a colleague added, What about using the gel on its own for those of us who don’t use condoms? All questions I eagerly anticipate being answered in the not-too-distant future.

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The Skyn’s Got Competition

Posted by Condomologist on May 13, 2009

My bad folks: I missed the launch of the new Durex Avanti Bare condom, a newer version of the old Avanti, the big difference being this one’s made out of polyisoprene, not polyurethane, which the marketing gurus claim is softer and thinner than everything else on the market. Can’t vouch for any reviews, but for those with latex allergies or for fans of the Lifestyle Skyn — also made of polyisoprene — it may be worth a shot. Note: warnings are attached not to use oil-based lubricants with this material, despite it being okay to use with polyurethane.  Enjoy all you poly fans.

 

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Are Foam Condoms for Real?

Posted by Condomologist on April 21, 2009

Sketchy details are emerging from a Chinese bio-medical company suspiciously named Blue Cross and their promotion of foam condom that is sprayed into the vagina. Popsci.com reports on this innovation, made from so-called nanosilver, and warns us to be wary of unknown risks, which I’ll second considering the Blue Cross website itself is rather vague and its faulty English descriptions somewhat alarming. They claim the foam has contraceptive, lubricating and anti-biotic qualities, and if effective and safe would provide a welcome new addition to the world of contraception — especially for women who cannot insist on traditional condom use. Calling this a condom is a bit of a misnomer to begin with — it sounds more like Nonoxynol-9-based contraceptive foam — and I should point out that the EPA has serious questions about nano-particles of silver   and their safety is questioned by many researchers. But if it’s on the market — even the Chinese one — it’s my duty to report on it. Let’s hope it does more good than harm.

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Little ditty…’bout Jack and Diane

Posted by Jack & Diane on April 16, 2009

Little ditty…’bout Jack and Diane…and Trojan Magnum

 

This post is a surreal moment for Jack considering I never thought anyone would care what I had to say about the Trojan Magnum.  I am not saying I am small, but I know I am certainly not big by any means, and my Irish descent certainly doesn’t help me out at all.  Regardless, Jack & Diane enjoyed the experience. Let’s break it down…

 

  1. Throwing It On – 4 Points
    1. This condom is marketed as,” Larger than standard latex condoms for extra comfort” and I would have to agree with this explanation.  The condom fit very nicely and didn’t apply pressure to the base of penis as others can. While this is a latex condom the smell didn’t overwhelm the room and it rolled out nicely.
  2. During – 8 Total Points
    1. Both Jack & Diane enjoyed the experience for several reasons.  First the condom did not dry out, and it did not dry out Diane so no extra lube was needed.  The condom provided a pleasurable experience and lasted a length of time as both of us had some drinks before hand.  The condom continued to fit well during sex as well.  It did not get tighter or irritate the penis at all.
  3. Finish – 3 Points
    1. The condom did not break, and the overall experience was above average.  However, I felt the tip of the condom did not hold all of jiz as it started to surround the penis.  While this could have been a sensation it did make me nervous.

 

I would encourage giving this condom a try despite the size stereotype.  If you check out Trojans website they offer some other options in the Magnum line including Thin and Ecstasy.  Also, it can’t hurt if you are single and you pull one of these condoms out the first time you are with a chick.

 

OVERALL SCORE: 15 Points

 

Jack and Diane’s Running Scoreboard

 

      1 Point                             10 points                              20 points

Is this a trash bag?    Definitely wearing a condom,      Amazing – Isn’t

                                    but at least I’m getting laid         Safe Sex Great!

 

Lifestyle Skyn — 20 points

Crown Skin Less Skin — 10 points

Lifestyle Ultra Lubricated — 15 points

Trojan Magnum — 15 points

 

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April Fool’s Part Deux

Posted by Condomologist on April 2, 2009

This video of Sinbad in a condom outfit yapping about latex condoms — now that’s funny for the sheer absurdity of the whole thing.  Especially Sinbad saying things like “ain’t gonna happening and divulging that Nonoxynol-9 makes him feel “fresh all over.” (For the record, Nonoxynol-9-lubricated condoms have not been shown to be any more effective than regular lubed condoms and studies have shown it to be an irritant, such that if HIV is present, the receptive partner is more likely to contract it.  When used in films, suppositories, gels, it can still be a highly effective form of birth control. But just like lambskin condoms, which Sinbad tells us are “imitation” condoms because they have holes — a point I discuss here — condoms with Nonoxynol-9 are better than no condoms at all.) So do like Sinbad and use latex condoms or don’t do like Sinbad and use lambskin condoms. Either way, enjoy laughing at (or pitying) the lengths to which a comedian will go to make us laugh, and then don’t laugh and definitely pity the ignorant, grotesque website on which the video was found.

 

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Jack and Diane Review – Lifestyle Ultra Lubricated

Posted by Jack & Diane on March 31, 2009

Little ditty…’bout Jack and Diane…and Lifestyle Ultra Lubricated.

 

As a quick review we have had the Dustin Pedroia of condoms…the ‘Lifestyle Skyn’ and the Mendoza line of condom’s in the ‘Skin Less Skin Crown Condom.’  For all of you who have no idea what I’m talking about… (The Mendoza Line is an informal term used in baseball when a position player’s batting average falls below the boundary between extremely poor and merely below-average offensive production.)  Our next stop is the ‘Lifestyle Ultra Lubricated.’  Let’s break it down…

 

  1. Throwing It On – 4 Points
    1. This condom is considered ‘ultra’ lubricated.  Come to think of it I don’t know the difference between lightly and ultra.  Anyways, this condom rolled on as we all expect condoms too, as opposed to being pulled on.  No pain and it didn’t ruin the moment.  Flat out from the male perspective this is all that matters. 
    2. Also, no strong order from the rubber or lube.  So we are two for two.
  2. During – 7 Total Points
    1. There was nothing but a pleasurable experience from both Jack & Diane as we both got into it and starting mixing up positions.
    2. The condom started going downhill as it started to slide off and bunch up near the tip.  You all know what I’m talking about as the condom starts to look like a tube sock you just took off after gym class.  So there was a need to readjust and pull it down.
  3. Finish – 4 Points
    1. The condom did not break, and the overall experience was above average.  The collection of the condom near the tip of the penis did cause some concern, but the condom did operate well. 

 

From the female perspective, Diane did not complain at all about the condom, so that can be considered a success as well.  This condom provided a pleasurable experience and the only thing we had to worry about was it bunching up towards the top.  Our advice to you all… worth the effort and the money.

 

OVERALL SCORE: 15 Points

Jack and Diane’s Running Scoreboard

 

      1 Point                             10 points                              20 points

Is this a trash bag?    Definitely wearing a condom,      Amazing – Isn’t

                                  but at least I’m getting laid         Safe Sex Great!

 

Lifestyle Skyn — 20 points

Crown Skin Less Skin — 10 points

Lifestyle Ultra Lubricated — 15 points

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Condom Labeling

Posted by Condomologist on March 30, 2009

News out of Canada has prominent researchers advocating for stricter and more accurate labeling on condom packaging to better convey the effectiveness/failure rates of condoms. They make a fair point in that condoms do break and their effectiveness varies according to many different factors, including correct usage, damaged latex, consistency of use, and — if their assumptions are correct, which is entirely possible — the quality of the particular brand or style being used. They also make the fair point that effectiveness/failure rates are typically based on studies done involving pregnancy, meaning how many women of out of 100 will get pregnant over the course of one year, and not STDs and HIV. And further complicating matters is the fact that some STDs are transmitted via fluids and other by skin-to-skin contact, so condoms’ effectiveness in preventing, say, herpes (skin-to-skin) differs from HIV (fluids).

But I’m curious what exact figures they would choose to put on the packaging, and how in the world would they make sense of the many contradictory studies which vary wildly in their conclusions about how effective condoms are. And the larger problem is that percentages and figures are not easily deduced from studies, because this research cannot be done in a laboratory. Pretty much all figures are based on self-reporting, which complicates things greatly. It’s incredibly difficult to decipher the numbers. If one partner is HIV+ and other HIV- and a study shows, as one of the researchers notes, 20% of those uninfected will contract HIV even when using condoms (I’m not sure which study she’s referring to, but I assure you other studies will question those numbers), we would have to know which condoms were used, if they were used correctly and every time, if lubricant was also used, if the sex they had was anal or vaginal intercourse, if the previously uninfected partner had another STD which may have made HIV transmission more likely, if the couple used condoms only upon ejaculation, etc. etc. The variables are too many to count. What kind of labeling would they consider important and how would they agree on the data?

The point is that condoms are highly effective in reducing the risk of pregnancy and STD transmission, which is what most condom labeling — at least in the States — already states, although some of my condoms at home do leave out the “highly” and “reducing risk” and simply say they’re “effective against pregnacy and STDs and HIV” — which, to be fair, is a bit misleading. I’m all for being as honest as possible, giving people the information and letting them make an informed decision. But if we get into details about whether a condom is 85% effective or 97% effective, we’re creating a whole new set of questions and concerns and debates that don’t seem to do anyone much good.

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