What are the advantages of female condoms? Help protect women and men against sexually transmissible infections (STIs) Regular condom use reduces the risk of STIs. They can be used with any kind of lubricant, including oil-based lubricants. The polyurethane condom allows for heat transmission, which may make sex more enjoyable. They can be inserted prior to sexual activity. The size and shape allow for protection of more area around the vagina. The penis does not have to be withdrawn immediately after intercourse.