Dike. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has just cleared a new alternative to dental dams when it comes to protecting against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) during oral sex. And the alternative is a little vanilla. These are vanilla-scented underwear from Lorals that are supposed to act as a barrier between your mouth and the other person’s naughty bits.
Here’s an Instagram post from the company announcing the FDA clearance:
The specific product is Lorals for Protection, which comes in bikini and “shortie” styles. A four-pack of individually wrapped underwear would cost $25 plus shipping and handling, which would be roughly the cost of two head massagers, the complete Cards Against Humanity set, two Venus sneaky traps, or two tweaks. a cast iron skillet. While having protection doesn’t necessarily mean sacrificing comfort or pleasure, keep in mind that the Lorals for Protection product is markedly different from the company’s Lorals for Comfort and Lorals for Pleasure products, as the latter two are not not designed to protect against STIs. Therefore, it is always a good idea to pay close attention to packaging and labeling to ensure that a particular one is actually FDA approved and authorized to serve as a protective barrier.
Of course, many things could serve as a barrier between your mouth and another person’s naughty bits, such as a brick wall, a frying pan, or armor. Oral sex involves using your mouth, tongue, or lips to stimulate the vulva (otherwise known as cunnilingus), penis (otherwise known as fellatio), or anus (otherwise known as oral sex). rimming). Anything else, like a very seductive Power Point presentation, probably doesn’t count as oral sex. Therefore, to facilitate oral sex, the material of the underwear must be thin enough to allow adequate stimulation while being waterproof enough to prevent actual direct physical contact or the leakage of fluids. In other words, what happens in his crotch should stay in his crotch.
The Lorals website describes the underwear as “ultra-thin and stretchy,” which would be better than “thick and stiff like a parka,” at least when it comes to preventing STIs during oral sex. Lorals for Protection wouldn’t be the type of underwear to wear outside in freezing weather to keep your genitals toasty warm, because “Protection” wouldn’t extend to bad weather or an out-of-control bobsled.
Instead, these underwear are more like a dam or a condom. They are supposed to block the transmission of nasty pathogens such as herpes viruses and bacteria that cause gonorrhea and syphilis. And like condoms and dental dams, these underwear are designed to be single-use. In this case, single use does not specifically mean for people who are not married. Believe it or not, married people also have oral sex. Rather single-use means that the pair of underwear should be thrown away once it has been used. It’s important to remember this because you might not be in the habit of throwing out your underwear every day.
The journey of these underwear to market has been relatively short, so to speak, compared to that of other new products that have had to go through extensive human clinical trials. This is largely because these underwear are said to have similar functions to condoms and dental dams. Also, the concept of wearing underwear isn’t really new either. It’s not like FDA officials say something like “what’s that underwear thing you’re talking about” or “so it’s supposed to go over your head?” When a new product is similar to existing products that are already on the market, a company may choose to prove equivalence, to provide evidence that this product is relatively equivalent to products already approved. In the case of Lorals for Protection, this involved showing that the underwear had physical characteristics such as thickness, elasticity and resistance comparable to condoms and dental dams, as reported by Pam Belluck for the New York Times.
This product is a reminder that oral sex without a protective barrier is not safe sex. Remember that STI-causing pathogens can hang out in or on a variety of bodily caresses, including the genitals, anus, lips, mouth, and throat. And someone can have such infections without showing any symptoms. So just because someone claims to rock climb every day on their Tinder profile and “looks completely clean” doesn’t mean you can’t get chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, l papillomavirus (HPV), trichomoniasis, hepatitis, or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) during oral sex with that person. The only way to know if a person is not infected with one of these pathogens is to either perform actual tests or find out exactly what that person has been doing each day since their first sexual encounter. And since you’re not Facebook, you still have to share lab test results to offer assurance that neither of you are infected. Otherwise, performing oral sex without some type of protective barrier can be like offering an Uber to these various pathogens.
Using a type of barrier protection approved or cleared by the FDA can significantly reduce your risk of getting or transmitting an STI. The same goes for oral tests, so to speak, and making sure that both of you (or all of you, whichever you like) have very recent negative tests for the full range of possible STI pathogens. Getting fully vaccinated against HPV and Hepatitis A and B can provide additional protection. Also, be wary of anything that looks like an unexplained skin lesion or formation. You might want to reschedule the oral and have a nice dinner at a nice restaurant if you find anything suspicious. It’s a good idea to inspect each other’s mouths and private parts before engaging in oral sex. While “inspect” might not be the sexiest word, you can still play Outkast’s “SpottieOttieDopaliscious” while doing it to set the mood. Oh, and avoid doing anything that could cause cuts around or inside your mouth, like flossing, brushing your teeth, getting your tongue pierced, or chewing bedbugs before oral sex. Such cuts, even when not visible, could be the breach that STI pathogens seek to enter.
These new Lorals for Protection underwear offer a potentially sexier alternative to dental dams. Dental dams don’t exactly scream “hot dam” unless you like the look of thinly sliced meat on the face. And while male condoms can act as a protective barrier during oral sex, they have a stiff body part requirement because fellatio isn’t the only type of oral sex out there. The reality is that various types of oral sex are a common way to get off. So we have to find new ways to make them safer and sexy at the same time.