Welcome to part two of our July Questions! Now that you have had a week to think about our questions from last week, here are the answers to the rest of your burning mind bubbles!
I can’t diagnose you with anything since I am not a doctor. It could be trich. But it could also be a yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis, a bacterial infection. If you want, you can go to a pharmacy and pick up some vagisil or another yeast treatment. If it clears up, it was a yeast infection. If not, it’s something more serious.
Either way, you really need to see a doctor. Trich can only be diagnosed via lab results. I don’t know your reasoning for not wanting to see one and I am sure that it’s a very good reason, but really, only the yeast infection is fixable with over the counter medications. The other two can lead to some very serious complications if you don’t treat them with antibiotics.
The good news is that you can get all three of these things from other ways than sex. So if you’re worried about a parent or family member knowing that you’ve been sexually active, you have an alibi. Trich can be passed by things like sharing towels or bathing suits with an infected person. Yeast infections and vaginosis can be caused by a change in diet or hygiene, a new medication, or just because your vagina decides to be a jerk.
No matter what you have, don’t have sex again until it’s been treated. You could pass it along to your partner, or do more damage to yourself. I hope you feel better soon!
This can be a tricky one. And you’re totally right– it’s an awful idea to keep condoms in a male wallet. Condoms need to be kept somewhere cool (NOT cold), loose, and dry. If you’re putting them into your wallet, they’re going to be more compressed. And then you’re going to put that wallet into your tight little skinny jeans. So now they’re going to be hugging your body, absorbing your heat, and rubbing around as you shake your booty all night long. Such friction can wear down latex pretty quickly.
The best place for a condom is in a bedside table or under the bathroom sink. But if you’re going out partying, you can’t really take the sink with you.
Ask a lady companion to keep your prophylactics in her purse. If you don’t want her knowing what they are, throw them in a Love Box and tell her they’re your allergy pills.
If that’s not an option, keep them in an Altoids tin and then put those in your pocket. The tin will keep the condoms from experiencing too much friction and should keep them cooler than if they were in a sweaty pocket. Again, the Love Box is a great option here, too. It’s discreet, it’s smaller than an Altoids tin, but it will protect it all the same.
Just make sure if you don’t get lucky that you change out your condom frequently. One of the worst things that ruins a condom is age. A lot of dudes, for whatever reason, keep the same condom in their wallet for month, even years!
Great question! The first indicator that a condom is too small is if there is tightness around the band at the entrance of the condom. Girth is usually the biggest problem that people have with their condoms, pun completely intended. We know that it’s possible to stretch a condom to ridiculous lengths, but that doesn’t mean it’s comfortable. It also doesn’t mean that it’s going to stay in one piece once you introduce heat and friction.
Additionally, if the length isn’t long enough, you could be at risk for contact STDs, like HPV or herpes.
Because of this, we always recommend checking out our size chart and trying on three or four condoms that fit according to your measurements. This way, you can know which condoms will work best for you.