Condoms
Sexual Health
What Kind of Birth Control Should You Use?

The good news is there are a lot of birth control options available to women. The bad news is you have to figure out which one is right for you — how to choose?! Planned Parenthood has a pretty cool, new widget that can help take a little bit of the guesswork out of it. […]

What's Up Doc?
Dear Dr. Vanessa: Can I Get HPV Orally?

photo by db*photography Every few weeks, Dr. Vanessa Cullins, a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist and vice president for medical affairs at Planned Parenthood® Federation of America, will be answering your questions here. To ask her your own question, click here. Dear Dr. Vanessa, Can you get genital HPV orally? — Orally Fixated Dear O.F., Yes, you can.  […]

Research
How Consumer Reports Tests Condoms

photo by trec_lit Consumer Reports recently tested a whopping 15,000 condoms (bought by one dude!) representing 20 models. (Check out the video here to see how they do it — try to ignore the cheesy wink-wink-nudge-nudge commentary.) To get the specific models and their exact ratings you have to be a subscriber. Damn you, Consumer […]

News
It’s Sexual Health Week in Australia

Australia kicked off its first ever Sexual Health Week yesterday (running through the 15th) to promote condoms, STI tests, birth control, etc . (To paraphrase Paul Hogan, now that’s a fight!) As part of the project, a survey was conducted showing that nearly all adult Australians taking part in the study have had unprotected sex, but […]

Wise Guys
Wise Guys: Do Men Fake Orgasms?

Director’s clapboard via Amazon.com Advice from three of our guy friends. This week they answer, quite diversely, the following: Do guys fake orgasms? Straight Single Guy (Colin): Of course! We probably don’t faux the Big O as much as women do, but every now and then the circumstances might call for us to fake. If […]

How To
How to Have a One-Night Stand in 10 Easy Steps

Yesterday our first weekly column appeared in Metro, the 6th largest circulated newspaper in the U.S., with an audience of more than 1.2 million daily readers in New York, Boston, and Philadelphia. If you’re outside these three cities or missed us on your morning commute, we’ll be reprinting our how-to column, unabridged, every Wednesday. This week’s […]

Toys
(Relatively) New Product: Trojan Ecstasy Condoms

Since we were extolling the virtues of condoms the other day (in light of all the withdrawal hub-bub), we wanted to talk about a new brand on the market. While we often automatically dismiss Trojans as your basic, quintessential (i.e. unexciting) condom, they’ve actually been making real efforts to compete with some of the more […]

Advice
5 Reasons Why the Pull-Out Method (Withdrawal) Is Not as Good as Condoms

Please, just say yes to condoms. There’s been a lot of media drooling over the latest research which suggests that withdrawal may be a legitimate form of birth control. This is great news for couples in long-term, monogamous, committed relationships who have complete trust in one another, who have made an educated decision to be […]

Wise Guys
Wise Guys: Is Sex With a Condom Really All That Bad?

Advice from three of our guy friends. This week they answer the following: Okay, so how different is intercourse with a condom? What does it feel like? Do different kinds of condoms make a difference? Straight Married Guy (Fred): It’s different.  It’s not as good.  Think pancakes without the syrup.  Scratching an itch with the […]

Vids
Durex Sells Sex Well

We love when sex isn’t just limited to hot 20-something models with eating disorders (via Gawker) When every product from cars to instant rice tries to use sex to sell itself, it’s refreshing to see a commercial actually using sex appropriately. A new one from Durex (above, and the first in the list after the […]

Personal Essays
Confession: I’m Gonna Keep My (Hypothetical) Baby

Our contributor Abby Spector, who is double-majoring in English and Feminine/Gender/Sexuality Studies at Wesleyan University, has a confession to make: “If you got pregnant, you’d have an abortion — right?” Max asked during our customary post-coital cuddle a few months back. My mind began to spin. For the seventeen years I had been a virgin, […]

Toys
"TheyFit" Condoms — First Come, First Served

part of the measuring instructions for TheyFit condoms TheyFit Condoms were the first sized-to-fit condoms available a few years back. (Before ordering, you actually needed to use their Fit Kit™ to measure “the Johnson in question.”) It was a revolutionary idea, but then they mysteriously disappeared from the market. Now they’re back at Condomania for […]

Pop Culture
Safer Sex Haiku Contest Winners!

Our two winners will receive this Tantalising [sic] Lip Butter and that’s not all! The Body Shop and MTV’s awesomely named Staying Alive Foundation recently launched an STD awareness campaign called “Yes to Safe Sex” (we would have called it “Yes to Safer Sex,” but we’re sticklers like that). Since we’re suckers for anything safety-related […]

Toys
Cruelty-Free, Lactose-Intolerant Condoms

Glyde Condoms Being a vegan is hard sometimes: going out to restaurants with friends makes you as high maintenance as Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally; stand-up comedy is usually not a career option; and finding a condom made without animal by-products like milk protein is damn near impossible. Thank goodness for Glyde Condoms, […]

Do It Tonight
Do It Tonight! Try a Polyurethane Condom

When you consider the long history of condoms (they’ve been around since people started putting tortoiseshells on their jammies), one of the more recent developments is polyurethane: the material of the future, a Walt Disney wet dream, plastic. The benefits of polyurethane are myriad: Much, much thinner, odor-free and tasteless, transparent and thus respectful of […]

Vids
Durex Does It Like Bunnies

Here’s a cute way to kick off your weekend — and by “cute” we mean raunchy, debauched and pansexual. You’ll never think of balloon animals the same way again. (Be sure to check out Outtakes 1, 2 and 3.)