How Old Do You Have to Be to Buy Condoms?
It is hard enough getting up the nerve to buy your first pack of condoms without having to worry about breaking the law. Many young people write in to the site asking if there is a legal age limit on the sale of condoms and other prophylactics.
I want to make this perfectly clear — there is no age restriction on condom sales. You can buy them no matter your age. In fact if a salesperson were to deny you the purchase of condoms he or she could get in a lot of trouble. It is illegal to restrict the sale of condoms to any individual, regardless of age.
Many people assume that condoms are age restricted probably because most other items related to “vice” are only sold to people of a certain age. If you want a pack of cigarettes you have to be at least 18 (here in America) and if you want a nice cold glass of beer you better be able to prove that you’re 21 years old. Condoms are different — because the use of condoms is considered a health and safety issue, there is no age restriction and there are no special procedures for buying them.
How to steel your nerves, and where to buy condoms
If you’re ready to have sex for the first time and you just need to pick up a few condoms so you can practice safe sex, you may find yourself very nervous to walk into the local pharmacy and make the purchase. For starters, buying condoms sort of “outs you” and the fact that you’ll be having sex. You may also be worried that someone you know (or someone your parents know) will see you buying them and embarrass you or get you in dutch with your folks. Finally, there are so many varieties of condoms that you may feel you don’t know what to buy.
To get over your fears about buying condoms you just need to put this condom-purchasing plan into perspective. You’ve already determined that you’re ready for sex, and if you really want to be careful and take a lot of stress out sex then you’ll need to buy condoms. If someone you know or someone you’re embarrassed about sees you buying them — relax. They’ll know that you’re practicing safe sex and may actually be excited to see someone your age being careful.
As for the final worry — condom variety and which brand and style to choose — that choice is up to you and your partner. You’ll need to think about everything from the material the condom is made from (latex, synthetics, sheepskin, etc) to the size of the condom (regular or Magnum). The brand really doesn’t matter, though I’ve found Lifestyles brand condoms to be the least likely to break. Talk with your partner and see what special needs he or she has. Then walk confidently up to the counter and prepare to slap down quite a bit of money. Hey, I said buying condoms was easy, I didn’t say it was cheap.
Where can you buy condoms? If you don’t want to buy condoms at the local pharmacy, you can also buy condoms online at multiple sites, including Amazon.
Congratulations — you’ve just purchased your first pack or packs of condoms. You are making the right decision by using protection. Now that your first purchase is out of the way, that wasn’t so bad was it?
This is one of a series of articles answering questions about how old do you have to be to do certain things. Other posts in this series include:
- How Old Do You Have to Be to Babysit?
- How Old Do You Have to Be to Get Married?
- How Old Do You Have to Be to Rent a Hotel Room?
- How Old Do You Have to Be to Get a Job?
- How Old Do You Have to Be to Be a Bartender?
- How Old Do You Have to Be to Rent a Car?
- How Old Do You Have to Be to Have a Facebook Account?