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    GoldenRoseGoldenRose
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    When it comes to asking your sexual partner to put on a condom I feel like it can be quite awkward, personally I feel like I might kill the mood by having to stop and put one on but once it’s on we just pick back up where we started and I think ‘why did I stress about asking?!’… How do you go about asking? Is there certain things you do or say to make the process more comfortable?

    #120976
    Aunt_FloAunt_Flo
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    I don’t think I ask partners to wear them per se – I guess I don’t really leave the room to say no?

    When I can, I bring condoms with me, and basically say “I’ve got them if you don’t.”

    I don’t think I’d like to ‘ask’ to be honest, because (in situations when I’m prepared) it wouldn’t be a question, more of an ultimatum – please wear one otherwise I’m not going to have sex with you.

    #120978
    teatea
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    I think that’s a good thing to say @aunt_flo, the: “I’ve got them if you don’t” takes away from the awkwardness of the situation and also firmly asserts that you’re ready for some fun SAFE sex!

    “please wear one otherwise I’m not going to have sex with you.”

    100000%!! Safe sex or no sex! Anyway, I don’t have this problem since I’m sexually active with a female-identifying person at the moment and if we need any condoms on toys I just ask? I guess that’s less intimidating though since it’s not a fleshy penis.

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    #120983
    GoldenRoseGoldenRose
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    Yeah I agree @tea, @aunt_flo it’s a good way of putting it and without leaving room to say no.

    Also a really good idea to carry them around with when you can! That’s something I never used to do in the past, if only I could tell my younger self how important it is!

    #121094
    PurplePurple
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    Hi @GoldenRose! I totally get feeling a little awkward asking but it’s just so important to practice safe sex so the potential awkwardness just isn’t an issue for me. I tend to just wait until they’ve put a condom on and like you said, the mood is rarely lost. And yes to carrying around condoms! I’ve noticed more and more that men can be lazy with purchasing them (or hoping I wont want to use them) so sometimes yo do have to take matters into your own hands.

    #121205
    EarthMamaEarthMama
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    I am fairly relaxed about asking someone to wear a condom for penetrative sex. But what about oral ?? Do you ask? Do you just shut your eyes and pretend that STI’s don’t exist?? :/

    #121224
    teatea
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    @earthmama “Do you just shut your eyes and pretend that STI’s don’t exist?? :/” ommmgggg good point though!! I never really think about this too much? Same with using dental dams – it never really comes up for me? Such a big concern though…

    #121276
    EarthMamaEarthMama
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    @tea :/ :/ it’s such a scary thing! Especially when you are not particularly comfortable with the person. Isn’t the hierarchy of comfort levels interesting? We’re fine to get naked and physically intimate with someone, but the idea of being slightly vulnerable and asking them if they’ve been tested, let alone to use protection…terrifying!!!

    If anyone has any good tips on how to comfortably ask/insist- I am all ears!!

    #121294
    teatea
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    @earthmama totally terrifying! Maybe I guess you could bring it up in conversation prior to actually having an intimate moment?

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