Understanding Fluid Bonding and When Should you Stop Using Condoms
Condoms are the most widely acknowledged form of contraception, given their protection against pregnancy and STIs (sexually transmitted infections). When used correctly, condoms have a 98% success rate. While there are many other oral and hormonal forms of contraception available, condoms are ideal as they are easy to obtain, relatively cheap, easy to use, have no side effects (unless you have a rubber allergy) and are now available in both male and female varieties.
'Fluid bonding' is the term given to couple's who decide to stop using condoms, given bodily fluids are shared without the protective variety. Many believe this creates a stronger level of intimacy within a relationship, or some people simply prefer sex without condoms.
No matter your situation, if you're considering abandoning the condom, it's important to consider all of the risks involved!
Why you might not want to ditch them
Condoms are the only form of contraception that help protect against STIs. If you or your partner have not been tested, then you should definitely still be using condoms until you have received your test results back.
If there are no other contraception methods available that will work for your relationship, then condoms may be the way to go. Many hormonal contraceptives an have side effects, so some people might find they simply aren't practical!
If your relationship is not exclusive (meaning that you or your partner may engage sexually with someone else), condoms are essential. Unless you can commit to very regular STI checks after every new partner, it's not worth the risk.
If your partner is pressuring you into ditchigng the condom, then it's definitely not the right time for your relationship. It's important to ensure this is something that you both want!
When it's ok to stop using them
There are many situations where it may be appropriate to stop using condoms. If you are in a committed relationship, fully trust your partner, and are exclusive, these are good starting points for putting the condoms back on the shelf.
Communication is key. It's vital that you know your partner's sexual history, communicate regularly, and are open and honest about everything. You will have gotten STI checks together as well, even if your partner had one recently.
Unless you are trying to conceive, it's important to have an alternative contraceptive method planned out if you want to stop using condoms. Whether you opt for the pill, IUD, or injection, you should test one of these options a month or two beforehand to ensure they are going to work successfully.
Fluid bonding can mean a lot to some people, and not much for others. It's important to understand how your partner feels about this and what it means to them, to avoid any hurt feelings or misunderstandings!
What condoms to use if it's not time stop
If you've decided that it's better to stay safe and stick with the condoms, then there's absolutely no need to let them get in the way of your intimate times!
If you are worried that condoms are reducing sensations during sex, then these are a great option for ultimate pleasure! The video below gives a great overview of condoms and how to use them effectively, to ensure you're not going through the extra trouble for nothing!
Should I stay or should I go?
Before you make any decisions on whether the condoms should stay or go, be open and honest with your partner, assess the risks and make an informed decision whether fluid sharing is right for you! Safe sex is always the best sex!
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