If you’ve only ever used standard condoms, you might be wondering why you’d bother with the flavoured variety.

Flavoured condoms are normal condoms, which have been coated to make them taste and smell like something else. There are a wide range of flavours out there to suit individual tastes from chocolate and mint to strawberry and blueberry.

But why do they make flavoured condoms? The answer is simple – most people are not all that keen on the smell and taste of flavoured condoms so if they’re going to be using one for oral sex, choosing a flavoured one can make the whole experience more palatable.

Even if you’re in a committed long-term relationship and no longer use condoms for sex, you might still find flavoured condoms make oral sex a more pleasurable experience. If your partner doesn’t like the taste of semen or is a little squeamish about blow jobs, they might prefer using a condom in their favourite flavour.

Flavoured condoms are safe to use for vaginal and anal sex but if you’re not going to be engaging in oral activity, the taste and smell is probably not your first priority. However, if things progress and oral sex ends up leading to full penetration, you don’t need to worry as a flavoured condom will still give you the protection you need from unplanned pregnancy and sexually-transmitted diseases.

Do I need to wear a condom for oral sex?

People often think oral sex is safer than full intercourse. We all know that giving someone a blow job can’t lead to pregnancy but it can put you at risk of catching a sexually-transmitted disease.

When you engage in oral sex, you are coming into contact with your partner’s bodily fluids. If the person you are getting intimate with has a sexually-transmitted infection then you could catch it from oral sex.

It is possible for your mouth or throat to become infected with gonorrhoea, herpes, chlamydia or syphilis. And, although it is rare, you can also end up with genital warts in your mouth if you come into contact with someone who has them.

There is also the risk of catching HIV through