It’s the age-old question: Can I eat that? While it’s in your best interest to avoid actually ingesting a condom for obvious reasons, it’s likely one will eventually find its way in or around your mouth if you’re practicing safe sex.
Lest we forget, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and diseases (STDs) can still spread via oral sex. The risk of transmitting chlamydia, HIV or herpes, among others, is still present even in the absence of penetration. This means condoms and dental dams are your only real line of defense whether you’re having sex with new, long-term or multiple partners.
So, yes, of course, condoms during oral sex are a smart move for your sexual health, but are they safe in terms of your greater bodily health? After all, condoms are typically made of latex, polyurethane or other synthetic materials, which don’t exactly scream "lick this." And they aren't regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which means labeling can be elusive or altogether nonexistent.
Rest assured, sucking on a rubber won't lead to your demise. But some options prove safer than others. Daniel Sher, a clinical