Condom FAQs

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Protecting Your Sexual Health

Condoms & Devices

Why should I use a condom?
Use a condom to protect yourself! Other than abstinence, the use of latex condoms is the best protection against the AIDS virus and other STDs, including gonorrhea, HPV, genital herpes, chlamydia, syphilis and hepatitis-B. When used consistently and properly, condoms also provide the most effective method of birth control available without a prescription.

What different shapes/styles do your condoms come in?
LifeStyles® Brand condoms come in a variety of shapes, styles and sizes to fit every need and desire. Some of the condom varieties we offer are: straight, contoured, flared, ribbed, studded, extra lubricated, large and thin.

How can I find the right condom for me?
Go to the Products section of our website www.lifestyles.com to find a complete listing of our products. You’ll find detailed information to help you choose the right products for you and your partner.

Are condoms reusable?
No, condoms are not reusable. Used condoms should be disposed of carefully in the trashcan and not in the toilet.

How are your condoms tested?
Condoms are classified by the Food and Drug Administration as medical devices and are regulated and manufactured according to strict national standards. During the manufacturing process, condoms undergo stringent quality control procedures. Before being packaged, every condom sold in the U.S. is electronically tested by its manufacturer for defects such as holes or areas of thinning. In addition, the FDA randomly tests condoms using the water-leak test in which a condom is filled with 300ml of water. If these federal inspectors find defects in more than four condoms per 1000 tested in each production run, the entire lot must be destroyed.

I see that LifeStyles® Brand condoms are electronically tested. What does that mean?
LifeStyles® Brand Condoms undergo a battery of rigorous quality control tests at every point of our manufacturing process to ensure our condoms meet worldwide requirements. LifeStyles condoms undergo strenuous water and air inflation tests to check for defects. Our condoms are then checked by a patented electronic testing process to check for microscopic holes before they are packaged. All of this testing assures you the highest quality product, each and every time.

LifeStyles® Brand condoms not only meet, but exceed U.S. Standards for strength and reliability. Complete factory testing, independent laboratory analysis, and regular FDA inspections form a comprehensive quality assurance program designed to assure maximum protection and product quality.

What is the shelf life of the condoms?
All quality condoms should have an expiration date, and all LifeStyles® Brand condoms have the lot # and expiration date printed on the back of the foil package for easy identification. LifeStyles Brand Lubricated Condoms have a five-year expiration date from the time they were manufactured and our Spermicidal Lubricated Condoms have a three year expiration from the date they were manufactured. Condoms are individually packaged in sealed, air-tight packets and should not be opened until the condom is to be used.

I have some condoms that have expired according to the package. Can I use them?
No, condoms should not be used after they reach the expiration date.

Is it okay to store condoms in my wallet?
To protect condoms from being damaged, it is best not to store them in your wallet. Unused condoms should be stored in their packs, in a cool dry place.

Is it possible to be allergic to latex condoms? What are the symptoms?
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America estimates that up to 4 percent of the population has an allergy to latex. The most common allergic reaction is allergic contact dermatitis, in which a skin rash develops on areas that have come into contact with latex. There can also be a hypersensitivity reaction, which can produce a number of different symptoms, including sneezing, itching, coughing, redness, swelling, and eye irritation. These symptoms may not appear until several hours, or even a day or two, after exposure to latex.

If you believe you are allergic to latex, correct diagnosis is important. Your doctor or allergist will be able to run tests to determine whether you have a latex allergy.

For those condom users with latex allergies, LifeStyles SKYN® Condoms are the best choice. Made with a new non-latex material called Polyisoprene, they provide a softer, more natural feel and are the closest thing to wearing nothing!

What makes SKYN® condoms so different?
LifeStyles® SKYN® is the next generation of condoms. LifeStyles® SKYN® synthetic polyisoprene condoms do not contain natural rubber latex and are a suitable choice for people with a known or suspected allergy to natural rubber latex. For maximum protection, read and follow the instructions and caution advice printed on and in all SKYN packages.

Are SKYN® condoms thinner than regular condoms?
No, SKYN® Condoms are not thinner, but they feel more natural. SKYN® Condoms combine the strength of premium latex with the sensitivity of an ultra thin condom for that skin-to-skin feeling.

What is L-Arginine?
L-Arginine is an amino acid, and is the body’s chief source for creating the nitric oxide it needs. L-Arginine is ingested through many foods, but is particularly abundant in animal proteins (on average, adults consume about 5,000 grams daily).

How does L-Arginine work?
  • When the body breaks L-Arginine down, it releases nitric oxide. This type of nitric oxide is referred to as ADNO (Arginine-derived nitric oxide), as opposed to nitric oxide that is produced by other synthetic L-Arginine-derivatives (e.g., Viagra).
  • ADNO levels may decline with stress, age, medication, and under various medical conditions.
  • L-Arginine can help relax blood vessels and promote blood flow.

LifeStyles Brand Excite Gel and X2 Condoms contain L-Arginine.

Are thin condoms just as effective as regular thickness condoms?
Yes, LifeStyles® Brand Ultra Thin and THYN™ Condoms offer the same protection against pregnancy and transmission of STDs as other condoms. They undergo the same strict testing procedures as all of our condoms.

I am a vegetarian. Are condom products free from animal components?
Latex condoms are virtually 100% natural rubber latex, the origin of which is a tree. All condoms have trace amounts of chemicals, which are not of animal origin. Many condoms, including some of ours, also have a trace amount of casein, which originates from milk.

Is spermicidal lubricant harmful when participating in oral sex?
Neither the two lubricant bases, silicone and mono-propylene glycol, nor the spermicide nonoxynol-9 itself are harmful if ingested in the small amounts present on a condom.

Is it safe to use condoms in water, under water (shower, bath, hot tub, swimming pool, etc.)?
Yes, as long as the condom remains on the penis, it will be as safe and effective in the water as in more conventional situations. If possible, try to put the condom on before you get into the water. It is important to remember that if the water contains chemicals such as chlorine or additives such as bath oil or bubble bath it may harm a latex condom.

Is it possible to have an allergic reaction to the spermicide that you are using in your condoms?
It is possible, but not probable. Some people are sensitive to nonoxynol-9, the spermicide used in almost all spermicidal condoms. Nonoxynol-9 is a liquid detergent, which has been judged safe and effective in the amounts present on condoms. Some clinical studies have reported irritation in some subjects who have used spermicidal condoms very often. The vast majority of our spermicidal condom users have no difficulty at all.

Can condoms be used with massage oil, baby oil, petroleum jelly, etc.?
No, oil can destroy a condom. To prevent damage to your condom, use only water-based or silicone-based personal lubricants such as LifeStyles Brand Warm Lovin’™ or Smooth™. Water-based and silicone lubricants are safe to use because they do not contain oil.

What is a Vibrating Ring and how does it work?
LifeStyles® Vibrating Rings are designed to enhance the stimulation of both partners by delivering pulsating vibrations during sex. The vibrating ring is made of a soft stretch silicone material that is placed around a man’s erect penis. For women, the vibrating ring has unique textured studs that provide clitoral stimulation during intercourse. (Most women require clitoral stimulation to achieve orgasm during intercourse). Many people find the vibrating ring to be a fun and easy way to spice things up in the bedroom because it increases pleasure for both partners.

How long does your Vibrating Ring last?
LifeStyles® Vibrating Rings have an easy-to-use on/off switch and are safely powered by a small battery enclosed in soft silicone casing that lasts up to 30 minutes. Vibrating rings are reusable and can be used with or without a condom. Choose from LifeStyles single-speed vibrating ring or LifeStyles new 3-speed vibrating ring.

Are LifeStyles® Vibrating Rings Safe?
Yes, LifeStyles® Vibrating Rings are made of a non-toxic silicone rubber material that is safe and hygienic. Our vibrating rings can be cleaned with mild soap and water for re-use. It is recommended that you use our vibrating rings with one partner in a monogamous relationship to avoid cross-contamination.

Do LifeStyles® Vibrating Rings fit any size penis?
Yes. LifeStyles® Vibrating Rings are made of a soft, comfortable material that easily stretches to fit any penis size.

General

Where can I buy LifeStyles® Brand Condoms?
You can buy our products at most major retail stores nationwide. In addition, you can buy them online. For a list of retailers click here.

Can you tell me more about the LifeStyles® brand?
LifeStyles® Brand condoms have been a trusted product line on the market for over 30 years. LifeStyles was the first condom brand to target women, the first to advertise on MTV (and first condom brand to have more than 800 commercials run on MTV in a continuous campaign), and the first condom manufacturer with a website on the Internet. While the brand has evolved and changed over time, LifeStyles has always stood for safety and reliability, and we are committed to making safe sex fun by offering new and unique products to meet every need and desire.

I am interested in a sponsorship relationship with LifeStyles condoms for auto racing, bicycle racing, skiing, etc.
Please send a written request, indicating when and where the event will take place and what is wanted, i.e. donated product, dollars, etc. Send to: Carol Carrozza, 200 Schulz Dr., Red Bank, New Jersey 07701.

Protecting Your Sexual Health

What is an STD?
STD or Sexually Transmitted Diseases are diseases that are passed on through body fluids such as semen, vaginal fluids, and blood during vaginal, anal or oral sex. Latex condoms act as a barrier to prevent these fluids from being exchanged.

Am I at risk for STDs?
Yes, if you are sexually active, even in a long-term, monogamous relationship, you could be at risk for STDs. Remember, when you have sex with someone, you are exposed to everyone they have had sex with before you.

What can I do to protect myself from STDs?
The only way to be 100% safe from STDs and HIV/AIDS is to avoid all sexual activities. If you are going to have sex, the correct and consistent use of latex condoms can help protect you from many STDs including HIV/AIDS. Your partner may have an STD and not even know it. Using condoms is the best way to protect yourself.
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