Have a New Lover? Use a Condom

Sustain condoms thinQuick reminder for those who haven’t taken Sex Ed in a while: Pregnancy prevention is only one reason to take precautions. The rate of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) is growing rapidly among men and women 50 years old and over, thanks to a perfect storm of divorce, drugs for erectile dysfunction, and a population that is increasingly fit and interested in sex well into its dotage.

So when you take a lover, make sure the excitement stays where it is supposed to. Guard carefully against chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhea and HIV. The best way to do this is to use condoms.

Condoms, like the Baby Boomers who should use more of them, have come a long way baby. There are far more options for love gloves then when most of us were in high school, and condoms now come in multiple sizes and thicknesses and with various pleasure-inducing characteristics, including ribs and vibrating rings.

Our favorite condoms* are from a company called Sustain, founded by the father-and-daughter team of Jeffrey and Meika Hollender. Jeffrey also founded green household products company Seventh Generation, and he wrote the book (literally) on living sustainably.

Sustain sells fair trade, all-natural, vegan-friendly condoms that are individually tested and FDA approved. The condoms come in several styles and in tailored sizes, so they are less likely to slip off. And Sustain donates 10% of its profits to support women’s reproductive health care.

Sustain is one of several brands that have started to market natural condoms, but it is the loudest voice urging women to protect themselves from sexually transmitted diseases.

*Full disclosure: I am an advisor to Sustain. So don’t just take my word for it, have a look at what the press is saying about Sustain and its condoms, by clicking here. And regardless of the brand you buy, we at MiddleSexy encourage you to take proper precautions before having sex!


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