FAQ

  1. How can I be sure that condoms from Terpan Laboratories are reliable?
  2. Can I use any type of intimate gel with your condoms?
  3. What do I do if a condom splits?
  4. Is the female condom as reliable as the male condom?
  5. Can the female condom be used together with a male condom? or 2 male condoms together?
  6. Can the female condom be reused?
  7. Are Terpan gels edible?
  8. Where can I find Terpan products?
  9. Is it absolutely necessary to use an additional lube gel?
  10. What is a DIG DAM-DOM and why is it used for ?
  11. St John's wort and cosmetics ?
  12. I am red and it itches: do I close an allergy ?

1 - How can I be sure that condoms from Terpan Laboratories are reliable?

Every condom sold by Terpan Laboratories bears the CE mark of conformity with the European Directive on medical devices. This means they regularly undergo stringent tests with very tight acceptance thresholds, such as air burst, water burst and pinhole tests, and others, which are carried out on every batch. Some of the condoms we sell, like Aspélia®, also have the French NF mark, an assurance of excellent quality (checks are applied 3 time more frequently). Condoms with both the CE and NF marks are tested more frequently and guarantee higher quality for all users.

2 - Can I use any type of intimate gel with your condoms?

No: natural rubber latex condoms, such as the ones sold by Terpan Laboratories, are only compatible with a water- or silicone-based intimate gel. Oil- or fat-based lubricants (butter, margarine, baby oil, etc) cause micro holes in the latex, significantly increasing the risk of the condom splitting and of spreading sexually transmitted infections (STI). Therefore, you are strongly advised not to use these types of lubricant on latex condoms.

3 - What do I do if a condom splits?

There is a chance that a condom will split if it is not lubricated enough. If it does, you are advised to ask your chemist for the morning-after pill as soon as possible (less than 72 hours after intercourse) to avoid the risk of unwanted pregnancy. You should also continue to use barrier contraception (condoms) during intercourse for the next 7 days after the condom has split. If there is a danger of catching the Aids virus or any other sexually transmitted infection (hepatitis B or C, Chlamydia, genital herpes, etc), you can contact the SIDA INFO SERVICES helpline on 0800 840800 or a hospital emergency department for information about preventive treatment. You can also see your GP or visit a family planning centre to check whether you have been infected and/or they will prescribe an effective additional contraceptive that you can use together with a condom.

If you find a split condom or if one splits in use, it is also important that you tell the retailer who sold it to you or the manufacturer shown on the packaging. Remember to include the batch number and expiry date of the condom as well as a brief description of what happened.

4 - Is the female condom as reliable as the male condom?

Yes, tests have proved that Fémidom®, the female condom, is just as effective at birth control and preventing the spread of STIs as the male condom. The female condom is a barrier method that provides double protection for the user and her partner. It is made from nitrile rubber, has been approved by the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the World Health Organisation (WHO), and been proven to match the male condom in terms of safety, effectiveness and performance.

5 - Can the female condom be used together with a male condom? or 2 male condoms together?

No, there is absolutely no need and you are advised against using these two types of contraception at the same time. Doing so does not give you any better protection; in fact, there is a much greater risk of the condom tearing due to friction. When used properly, one condom cuts the risk of spreading or catching an STI by 80 to 90% (source: WHO). There is also no need to use two male condoms one on top of the other, nor is it recommended: there is a greater risk of tearing, it is less comfortable and there is simply no benefit.

6 - Can the female condom be reused?

No, reusing any type of condom, male or female, is absolutely not recommended. Condoms are designed for single use only  . Reusing a condom greatly increases the risk of it splitting and the partners spreading or catching STI. Condoms should be tied into a knot after use and thrown in the bin.

7 - Are Terpan gels edible?

Terpan Laboratories sells some intimate lube gels that are non-edible, but which are safe if swallowed. We also create a wide variety of gels made to customer specifications that are flavoured, coloured, edible, or with a fantasy feel (cooling, warming, heightened arousal, etc).

8 - Where can I find Terpan products?

Terpan's Aspélia® condoms are available in packs of 12 from Casino supermarkets in France. Other condoms are sold through all other distribution channels (including by Internet). Fémidom® female condoms can also be bought in packs of 3 over the Internet and from certain chemists. 
We also make a wide selection of varieties for other, well-known brand name customers. Take a look!

9 - Is it absolutely necessary to use an additional lube gel?

Condoms are already lubricated, but using a lubricating gel is strongly recommended: not only does it give extra lubrication, it will also add to the pleasure and the thrills. Nowadays, there is a wide choice of gels available that produce a variety of delicious and exciting effects, including warming, cooling, heightened sensitivity, delaying action, flavoured, etc, while also providing extra lubrication and so reducing friction that can cause the condom to split.

10 - What is a DIG DAM-DOM and why is it used for ?

DIG DAM-DOM is a thin polyurethane sheet, non-lubricated, 65 µm thick, 25cm long and 15cm wide. It is positioned on the genitals during oral-anal contact or oral-vaginal sex. Very sweet, it lets all the feelings and may even be lubricated with any type of lubricant (for example aromatic). It is recommended for any sex report at risk of infectious disease transmission. The oral dam is disposable and should be discarded after every sex report.

11 - St John's wort and cosmetics ?

St. John's Wort contains molecules (including hypericin) which are widely used in oral herbal medicine because of its activity against mild or moderate depression. Dermal, this plant is known for its antiseptic property and promotes healing of wounds and burns.

It is for these reasons that the  Hydramyl ® cream contains a small percentage of dry extract of St. John's wort. This is a beneficial asset for this cream particularly for drug users who have damaged skin or burned lips .

Warning, while there are many benefits to dermal wort, there are some drawbacks to wort when taken orally : actually, it has been reported in several scientific studies that molecules present in extracts of St. John's wort could interfere with enzymes in the liver and intestine, disturbing at the same time the degradation of drugs ingested. Thus, it is recognized that St. John's wort consumed orally can for example decrease the concentration of antiretroviral Nevirapine (Viramune ®) or Indinavir (Crixivan ®) in the blood. These antiretrovirals are taken particularly by HIV-positive people who can eat from time to time St. John's wort capsule for its antidepressant activity.

The small percentage of St John's wort in Hydramyl® cream cannot be considered dangerous for people with HIV, in part because it is used by application to the skin and secondly because the dose in the cream can not be compared to ingested doses of St. John's wort for antidepressant action. There is therefore no need to worry about the safety of this cream.

In addition, the cream Polydermyl ® also contains St. John's Wort oil, to promote healing.

12 - I am red and it itches: do I close an allergy ?

Intimate allergies are rare but unfortunately exist. They can be to latex, lubricants, perfumes contained in the intimate wipes or worse, to the sexual secretions. They cause most of the time redness, itching, intense but brief, which appear a few minutes after intercourse. The best thing to do if you see that happen to you is to consult a doctor as soon as possible who will prescribe further examination and possibly soothing remedies.

Depending on your allergy, alternatives are possible. For example, latex allergy, prefer non-latex condoms that are now commonplace, and do not forget that female condoms are fully nitrile!