Q. What is a dental dam?
A. A dental dam, like a condom, is a barrier method. It is a thin, square piece of rubber which is placed over the labia or anus during oral-vaginal or oral-anal intercourse.
Dental dams are most often made of thin latex rubber; however, for those allergic to latex, they are also available in silicone. Although specially-made rubber dental dams are sold in stores, plastic saran wrap from your kitchen can serve as an effective dental dam as well. A dental dam can help reduce the risk of STD transmission – including herpes, genital warts (HPV), and HIV.
The image presented to the right is simply for educational purposes and to represent a "typical" style of this type of contraception. PAMF does not endorse any particular brand or method of contraception.
Below are links PAMF accessed when researching this topic. PAMF does not sponsor or endorse any of these sites, nor does PAMF guarantee the accuracy of the information contained on them.
Birth Control, Planned Parenthood.
Birth Control Methods, The National Women's Health Information Center.
STD Wizard: It takes 5 minutes to find out if you need to be tested for an STI such as hepatitis, HIV, or Chlamydia.