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Boys Own: A British brand
Boys Own is the leading condoms brand in the UK, owned and manufactured by LTC Healthcare. LTC Healthcare is the largest independent manufacturer and supplier of condoms and intimate lubricants in the UK and one of the most prominent European market players.
The company manufactures and wholesales a range of condoms and lubricants under Boys Own, Girls Own, and EXS brands, and it is also a leading supplier to the NHS. Aside from its own condom and lube brands, LTC Healthcare is also one of the primary providers of private label condoms for high street stores and individuals who wish to produce condoms under their own brand name.
With over 25 years of experience in the industry, LTC Healthcare is widely recognised as one of the most ethically aware condom and lubricant manufacturers in the UK. Its products are fully vegan friendly, meaning that they contain no animal-derived ingredients and are not tested on animals.
Boys Own brand has been around for over 20 years and is one of the most trusted suppliers for the gay community.
What is the difference between Boys Own and EXS products?
The main difference between Boys Own and EXS products is that the Boys Own brand is specifically manufactured for gay men. Although the Boys Own products may seem similar to some products in the EXS range, the truth is that the Boys Own condoms and intimate lubricants are specifically developed for anal sex.
These product’s structure and the formula are slightly different than the structure and formula used for the EXS condoms and lubes, given that EXS products mainly address heterosexual consumers.
Boys Own product range
LTC Healthcare manufactures a range of natural rubber latex condoms and water-based intimate lubricants under the Boys Own brand.
Boys Own Regular condoms
Dubbed “the leading gay condom brand in the UK,” Boys Own Regular is one of the few condoms independently tested and approved for gay men’s use in the UK and across Europe. Apparently similar to EXS Regular, these condoms are thicker and more resistant so that you can use them for anal intercourse in all peace of mind.
Offering the highest level of protection and reliability, these condoms are lightly lubricated with a silicone-based product and compatible with all Boys Own and most water-based or silicone-based intimate lubes.
Boys Own condoms are only available in regular size but have a comfortable fit and suit most men. Specifically, these condoms have a:
- Width: 56mm
- Length: 196mm
- Thickness 0.073mm (in comparison, EXS Regular condoms are 0.063mm thick)
The condoms have an anatomical shape with flared head, a design that enhances comfort. Indeed, the head is 65mm wide and doesn’t constrict, allowing you to feel your partner almost skin-on-skin.
Like all condoms manufactured by LTC Healthcare, Boys Own condoms are 100% electronically tested for safety and come in packaging marked with the European CE Mark and the BSI Kitemark.
Boys Own Clear lube
Boys Own Clear lube is an intimate water-based lubricant specifically formulated for men having sex with other men. Thicker and longer-lasting than the EXS Clear lube, this product is ideal for anal sex and is compatible with all condoms.
Designed with painless pleasure in mind, this lubricant is highly moisturising and soothing at the same time. The lube is enriched with aloe vera extract and is paraben-free, more than suitable to use for people with sensitive skin.
Although designed for use with condoms during anal intercourse, this lube is also compatible with all types of sex toys. Despite its thickness, this lube has a smooth, silky texture that doesn’t feel greasy on the skin. Another thing that makes it different from all other lubes is the Carageenan extract, a natural additive that is beneficial against HPV.
Like all LTC Healthcare lubes, the product complies with all safety regulations and is marked with the CE and BSI marks.
Boys Own Silk lube
Similar to the Clear lube but thicker, Boys Own Silk lube is an excellent choice for rougher anal intercourse. The formula is specifically designed for gay men, and the product is enriched with aloe vera and Carageenan extract, soothing the area whilst also protecting against HPV.
Its paraben-free formulation makes it safe for frequent use. The product can be reapplied as often as desired to reduce dryness and intensify pleasure.
As you’d expect from a water-based lube, the product doesn’t feel greasy on the skin and is easy to clean when you’re over. Boys Own Silk lube is compatible with all condoms and sex toys from the manufacturer or other brands.
Do I have to wear a condom for anal sex?
Like unprotected vaginal intercourse, unprotected anal sex increases the risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, HPV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, syphilis, herpes, chlamydia, and gonorrhoea, to name just a few.
According to specialists, anal sex is the highest-risk sexual behaviour for HIV transmission in comparison with vaginal or oral sex.
This happens because the rectal lining – aka, the tissue inside the anus and rectal canal – is thinner than the vaginal lining. The anus also cannot produce the lubrication needed to reduce friction and minimise tissue damage during intercourse.
As a result, the skin is more likely to tear during anal sex, creating an optimal environment for bacteria and viruses to thrive. Direct contact between the lacerated skin, blood, other rectal secretions, and semen creates greater opportunities for the STIs to spread.
The risk of infection is higher for the recipient rather than the inserting partner, and to minimise the risk, you should always use a condom when practicing anal sex. This rule also applies to heterosexual couples who want to engage in anal sex.
Having anal sex without a condom is only safe if you’re practising it exclusively with one partner and you have both been tested and resulted negative for all sexually transmitted infections.
How well do condoms protect gay men from HIV?
According to laboratory testing, condoms used exactly how instructed are over 99% effective against HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.
Are condoms more likely to break during anal sex?
Condom mechanical failure (breakage or tearing) is more likely to happen during anal sex due to the poor natural lubrication of the rectal area. To prevent condom breakage:
- Never use an expired condom. Expired condoms are often easier to break due to material deterioration and because the lubricant they are coated with may dry out.
- Never use a condom that has been stored improperly. If you’ve kept it in your wallet or pocket for days or weeks, or if you have stored it in a warm place, buy a new packet of condoms. Always store your condoms in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.
- Put your condom on the right side. The condom rim should always be on the outside when placing the condom on your penis. Bin and use a new condom if you have put it on the wrong side.
- Pay attention to the type of lubricant you use. Natural latex condoms are usually incompatible with oil-based lubes. Boys Own condoms are compatible with water-based and silicone-based lubricants, but it is recommended to use them with the brand’s own lube.
- Size your condoms right. A too tight condom can break whilst a too loose one could slip off during intercourse.
- Never reuse a condom. Throw every used condom in the bin and use a new condom each time you have sex.
- Never wear more than one condom at a time. Two condoms aren’t more resistant. On the contrary, they are more likely to break.
What type of condoms are best for anal sex?
Thicker, elastic, and extra-lubricated condoms are your best choice for anal sex. These condoms are resistant and resilient enough to withstand greater friction and provide adequate protection. Boys Own condoms are thick, very elastic, and coated with sufficient lube to make anal sex super safe and enjoyable.
How to use a condom for anal sex?
Wear the condom in the same way as you would for any other type of sex. As long as you use a condom thick and elastic enough and apply sufficient lubricant, you shouldn’t worry about condom breakage.
Should I use lube for anal sex?
Yes. You should always use lubricant for anal sex. Because the anus lacks the cells that create natural lubrication, you must apply extra moisture for painless anal intercourse. Some couples may be tempted to lubricate with saliva.
However, in a study published in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections, scientists revealed that using saliva as a lubricant increases the risk of gonorrhoea in men who have sex with men. Thus, using lubricant developed specifically for anal sex may be the safest option.
TSI risk aside, the rectum’s lining is also thinner than that of the vagina or the mouth. Insufficient lubrication increases the risk of tears in the anus and rectum, conditions that can lead to a number of other infections, including anal abscesses and deep skin infections caused by intestinal bacteria.
To minimize these risks, you should:
- Use an appropriate water-based lubricant to minimise friction and reduce the risk of tears
- Use pre-lubricated condoms each time you have anal sex
- Coat your fingers with lubricant and apply it as deep as possible inside the anus (before penetration)
- Move slowly until the entire area is lubricated properly
- Avoid using spermicides during anal sex, as they may increase the risk of anal irritation
Using commercial lubricants during anal sex has also been proved to minimise the risk of irritating existing haemorrhoids.
How much lubricant should I use for anal sex?
The only rule is that there is no rule regarding how much lubricant you should use for anal sex. You can apply as much or as little as you want. However, to prevent tears, irritation, and condom breakage, it is recommended to use more rather than less lube. With its hypoallergenic, soothing formula, Boys Own lube is designed to provide long-lasting lubrication and can be reapplied as often as you want.
Both Boys Own lubes are compatible with all latex and non-latex condoms from the brand or manufactured by other brands.
What type of lube is best for anal sex?
Water-based lubricants are the most recommended for anal sex, although you may prefer to use a silicone-based lube.
However, whilst silicone-based products last longer, they could irritate the skin in this sensitive area and may be incompatible with some condoms. For this reason, Boys Own only manufactures water-based lubricants designed specifically for men who have sex with other men.
Can anyone use Boys Own products?
Yes. Boys Own products may be manufactured for gay men, but they are an excellent choice for all couples who want to have anal sex. Due to the water-based formula of its lubricants, Boys Own lubes are also compatible to use with silicone sex toys and are suitable for guys and girls who want to experiment with their sexuality to the fullest.
Can my partner get pregnant if we only have anal sex?
Technically no. Since the anus and rectum aren’t linked to the vagina and uterus, anal sex can’t get you pregnant. However, things are never black and white. If semen finds its way into the vagina after anal sex, you may get pregnant.
This could happen if you ejaculate near the vulva or if you switch from anal sex to vaginal sex after you have ejaculated if you don’t wear a condom. Sex toys may also transport the semen from the anus to the vagina.
Although these probabilities are remote, it is essential to use a condom whilst having anal sex and to change it with a new condom before vaginal sex if you want full protection against pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.
Where can I buy Boys Own condoms and lubes?
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