Dams - A basic guide

Do you know what a dam is, what the benefits are and where to pick them up from? Find all of this out, and much more about dams, with our basic guide!

What are they and how do they work?

A dam is a latex sheet that covers the vagina/vulva or anal area (bum hole) for oral sex. It acts as a barrier when licking a vagina or rimming (licking someone’s bum hole), just like a flavoured condom does for blow jobs.

Place it over where you're going to lick, hold it in place with your fingers, and lick through the dam.

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They protect against STIs

One benefit of dams is that they protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). STIs can be passed on through oral sex, but you can also get other infections from rimming.

You can get flavoured ones

Another benefit of dams is that they’re flavoured and fragranced. If you’re not a big fan of the taste/smell of vagina or bum, they can making giving oral sex more fun! Some of the flavours we hand out are: strawberry, mint, vanilla, grape and banana flavours.

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They’re free!

You can pick up dams for free from the Sexual Health Prevention Team. We have drop-ins at local colleges, Staffordshire University, nightclubs and community groups. You can recognise us by our blue tops which say ‘Sexual Health Team’ - just pop over and ask for a dam!

You can use lube to make it even better

Some people find applying a bit of water-based lube to the vaginal/anal area, before using the dam, increases pleasure. Make sure it’s water-based lube, as oil-based lube will make the dam more likely to break. You can pick up water-based lube from our team (and we have different flavours too!).

They’re a one-time use thing

Like condoms, you shouldn’t use dams more than once. Using them more than once increases the chance of any infections spreading, damage to the dam and it isn’t very hygienic.

Use a new one if you’re switching from the vagina to the bum (or vice versa)

The vagina and bum contain different bacteria. These bacteria spreading can leave you with an infection, so using the same one for both areas is a no-no.

Dispose of it in a bin

Once you’ve used a dam, wrap it in some tissue and chuck it in a bin - don’t flush it down the toilet!

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