The dental dam is a square piece of thin latex used to prevent the transmission of STDs when oral sex is performed on a woman. Dental Dams are available here.The dental dam is stretched across a woman’s vagina to prevent exchange of bodily fluids. The dental dam itself is not lubricated, but a water-based lubricant on the vagina side of the dental dam may be useful to keep the dental dam in place and to increase sensation.
|protection against STD's including HIV||allergic reaction to latex or lubricant (a polyurethane type is also available for people allergic to latex)|
|low health risk||may interrupt foreplay|
|easily accessible||dulls sensation (KY jelly placed on the inside of the tip improves feeling)|
|latex used with spermicide blocks and may kill sperm and STD's||allergic reaction to spermicidal|
|can protect against infection, herpes and genital warts||irritation from condoms|
|effective when used with other contraceptives||oil-based lubricants such as Vaseline can make holes in latex condoms|