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to still be giggling over my GP calling condoms....

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YanknHeadsOffCocks Wed 21-Oct-09 16:29:09

...'The Sheath'?

It was over six weeks ago, and I was visited at home by the GP after the birth of DS. He enquired about birth control (being the fifth HCP to do so), and I told him we would be using condoms. 'Ah,' he said, 'the sheath'. DH and I couldn't even look at each other, and collapsed into giggles as soon as the GP left.

Every time I think about it, I still smirk/giggle a bit. AIBU?

GrimmaTheNome Wed 21-Oct-09 16:32:19

So long as your DH didn't look daggers drawn grin

It does sound like something to encase a fearsome weapon, doesn't it? grin

blametheparents Wed 21-Oct-09 16:32:34


At least he did not call it a french letter!

mumof2222222222222222boys Wed 21-Oct-09 16:32:36

I take it you didn't reveal your MN nickname? That would have sent him over the edge!!!!

salbysea Wed 21-Oct-09 16:35:15


Lol at french letters! brings me back to my catholic education
(nun getting it wrong and saying "french literature was found on the tennis court" grin )

VictoriousSponge Wed 21-Oct-09 16:35:34

uts very black adder

YanknHeadsOffCocks Wed 21-Oct-09 16:36:30

Well, Mr Cock does wield a fearsome weapon grin

(I have to say that in case he's lurking on here somewhere)

Pinkjenny Wed 21-Oct-09 16:36:38

It totally reminds me of that Judy Blume book, 'Forever'. They definitely called them sheaths in that.

SpawnChorus Wed 21-Oct-09 16:37:00

You'd have to have had a senseofhumourectomy not to snigger at sheath. Or french letter.

NorbertDentressangle Wed 21-Oct-09 16:39:33

The sheath?!

FGS, if he was any more old-fashioned he'd be referring to it as a pig's bladder.

Littlepurpleprincess Wed 21-Oct-09 16:39:58

LOL. I fell pregnant when I was 17 and the GP asked how (politely), his words were "so the sheath let you down then?".

I was 17, he might as well have asked me japanese.....

hocuspontas Wed 21-Oct-09 16:39:59

Haha. Years ago the FPCs/GPs always called them sheaths. I remember stifling a giggle when I heard them described as 'condoms'. grin

<shows age>

VictoriousSponge Wed 21-Oct-09 16:40:10

markign place thread

muggglewump Wed 21-Oct-09 16:40:34

Yes, I though of Forever too!

Ralph wore a sheathgrin

BarakObamasTransitVan Wed 21-Oct-09 16:50:06

Ewwww - Ralph!

bring back johnnies, I say grin

ThingumyandBob Wed 21-Oct-09 17:25:39

Eeeeeeeeeeew….now I don’t mean to be really gross, but isn’t your doctor technically incorrect? I thought that the ‘sheath’ pre dated the condom in that it was, er, the reusable version?

The sort of thing our grandparents would have been used (well…or not)?

But yer…I would have laughed there and then I think.

salbysea Wed 21-Oct-09 19:31:57

yeah! sounds more like something made outta pig skin that a victorian hooker would use!

worley Wed 21-Oct-09 19:43:47

judy blumes forever grin i remember reading it secretly in my bedroom as was embarrassed by the story and didnt want my parents to know i was reading it!(i was 14 i think?)little did i know my mum was reading it during the day when i was at school, she waited till i finished it before discussing it with me!!blush

Casserole Wed 21-Oct-09 20:05:29

I'm just amazed your GP visited you at home!

But yes, I would have burst out laughing too

LadyGlencoraPalliser Wed 21-Oct-09 20:08:33

I seem to recall Samuel Pepys tied his on with blue ribbons.
But after the mooncup, shouldn't reusable condoms be the next big thing?

YanknHeadsOffCocks Wed 21-Oct-09 20:12:19

Casserole, yes we are quite lucky with the home visit! Apparently ours in the only practice in the area that does this.

You'd think it was a much older GP, but I reckon he can't be older than late 40s. Very sweet man, just hopelessly old fashioned I think.

ABetaDad Wed 21-Oct-09 20:28:51

DW calls them 'blobs' which is apparently the common colloquial name in Newcastle but it made me fall about laughing when I heard her say it the first time. grin

wideratthehips Wed 21-Oct-09 20:43:04


i'm sure thats what Alan Partridge called it!

i think i would have got the giggles grin

GoppingOtter Wed 21-Oct-09 20:50:24

we always call them sheaths in our house - fab!

Thingiebob Wed 21-Oct-09 21:03:06

DH refers to the leather case for his Blackberry as The Sheath and it never fails to make us snigger.

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