Back then, we tried Durex’s Avanti condom range. It was horrible – but still better than the other brand available at my local Family Planning Clinic which made Ruf’s pride and joy look as if it was encased in a cellophane wrapper like some kind of gift-wrapped confectionery. All it needed was a coloured ribbon. The Durex Avanti was a little more stylish but seemed to be made of some type of vinyl which meant that it stretched with movement and so didn’t fit well. It was a bit like shagging a plastic bag and often reminded me of one of the cling-film covered cold sausages that I occasionally put in my kids’ lunchboxes for school.
As I wrote in my piece about Real Feel Condoms, Ruf has always hated using prophylactic protection as he finds it very difficult to climax when he cannot ‘feel’ properly and my problems with latex have meant that I am similarly unenthusiastic.
However, when the lovely people at Durex asked if I would like to try their new non-latex Avanti Ultima condoms, I remembered the above review and agreed to give them the once over.
To start with, I really love the classy purple packaging, although I was a bit concerned when Ruf ripped open the packet with his teeth and, even though these new condoms are advertised for their strength, I wouldn’t advise such a method for anyone who is particularly concerned about contraception or health safety as it could well damage the contents. But, being as we were playing pirates, it seemed to fit with the mood. (More on that on Thursday!
This new model of the Avanti condom is classically shaped with the standard teat end but it is made of a revolutionary new material – synthetic polyisopropene – which is totally different from the old polyurethane version. Transparent, incredibly soft and much thinner than latex condoms, Ruf was smiling from the moment that I began rolling its 205mm down the length of his cock, especially as it didn’t go right to the base – they are made extra long to avoid the possibility of slippage.
As I understand it, this new model has a nominal width of 56mm, which fitted him really snugly all the way down the shaft and, at 0.05mm, the material was so thin that I could see and feel all Albert’s little clefts and prominences as clearly as if he were naked.
It was easy to put on and there was no ‘smell’, which I remember so strongly from previous latex condom experiences.
When, for the third time in 12 hours, Ruf rolled me onto my back, climbed on and pushed his way inside me, it was almost effortless as each condom contains a non-spermicidal lubricant – which gets it another big tick when it comes to allergy sufferers but should be borne in mind in the unlikely event of an accident. But, better still on the sex and Menopause front, the soft casing around the head of his penis caused less friction upon entry and the delicate area just inside my opening, which has caused so much discomfort over the last few weeks, was unaffected.
I put my feet on his calves, whilst using my core strength to lift myself into a yogic bridge to facilitate his angle and the effects were breath-taking. He wrapped one arm around my hips to pull me in even closer and began thrusting deep inside me. From the accompanying groans, it was obvious that he could feel every twitch and clench of my internal muscles with just as much clarity as if he had been bare-back and, in a denouement that allowed him to fulfil his goal of remaining in situ for his climax, there is no doubt that Avanti Ultima were an extraordinarily successful discovery for us, from both a male and female point of view.
Following on from the review of the Durex Real Feel, I have to say that this new material could really get rid of the ‘but I can’t feel anything’ excuse from many men’s repertoire and make safe sex with condoms a thoroughly acceptable option – especially as it gets rid of a major contributor to the ‘wet patch’.
But for those women who struggle with sex and Menopause due to the erosion of the vaginal walls through decreased oestrogen, using this type of avanti condom could prove to be a godsend.