Whether you’re married, in a long-term relationship or living up the single life, studies have shown that more and more men are ditching the condom when it comes sexual intercourse. The reasoning? Man reportedly feel confined by condoms, and believe that it decreases pleasure in the sack. And while there are other alternative prophylaxis options for women, like the pill or an IUD, for men, the best and most responsible option to prevent unwanted pregnancies and the spread of STDs is a condom (until you decide you never want children and “the snip” comes into play).

You have to use protection, which everyone agrees is going to lower the enjoyment of sex for both you and your partner, so what can you possibly do about it? The answer comes in the form of condoms specially designed to improve the experience.

The first step in the condom-using process is to ensure you’re choosing a condom which fits you correctly, as this makes a big difference. Not all condoms are created the same size, shape or thickness, just as no two men have perfectly identical members. Next, choose a condom made to increase the enjoyment of your female sexual partner. Condoms for her pleasure might include special ribs and dots to improve stimulation, flavors to get rid of the unpleasant latex taste or additional lubricants to ensure everything goes smoothly.

Below, we’ve put together seven condoms that go above and beyond your average rubber and allow you and your partner to enjoy sex at its maximum potential again.

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1. Trojan Condom Her Pleasure Sensations Lubricated

BEST OVERALL

These Trojan Condom Her Pleasure Sensations Lubricated condoms deliver the best of both worlds. For her, they sport a number of ribs and contours to maximize pleasure and enjoyment, while for him, the included lubricant helps to provide comfort and sensitivity. Together these features allow you both to enjoy the experience. Each condom is produced from premium quality latex and has also been electronically tested to ensure reliability.

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2. P.S. Condoms

BEST SUBSCRIPTION BOX

Crystal clear, 100% vegan and shock treated for durability (no, really), these condoms from P.S. Goodtimes are a new entry into the safe sex game. Available as a one-time purchase for $19 for the pack of 12, or $16.15 when you sign up for the subscription, your order will arrive in a discreet box delivered right to your door. No more awkwardly swinging by the gas station for a last minute pickup, thanks to these guys. And as a special treat, click the link below to get an additional SPY only discount of 15% off your order (which is good for up to 5 orders, you dog, you). Simply navigate to the “Shop” link, select your order and you’ll find our SPY discount (Code: SPY.COM15) is already applied and waiting.

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3. GLYDE Premium Organic Flavored Condoms

BEST FOR ORAL SEX

This pack of GLYDE Premium Organic Condoms includes a range of flavors, like strawberry, blueberry vanilla and wildberry to give your night of passion a little extra zing. The mild flavors make oral experiences far more enjoyable than the average, latex-flavored rubbers. These condoms are also made from sustainable, natural rubber latex, which is both vegan-friendly and approved by PETA. They are also paraben-free. Plus, the ultra-thin design means no one misses out.

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4. Durex Condom Performax Intense Condoms

BEST RIBBED

These Durex Condom Performax Intense Natural Latex Condoms are made with women in mind. They contain a desensitizing lubricant which helps men prolong the experience by lasting longer. In addition to the lubricant, the condoms themselves feature a mixture of ribs and dots on the outside to help provide stimulation and enjoyment to the female. Each condom has been electronically tested for reliability and also features an inoffensive scent to help maintain a romantic mood.

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5. Lifestyles SKYN Selection Condoms

BEST NON-LATEX

If latex isn’t your friend, it’s definitely worth trying these Lifestyles SKYN Selection Condoms. They are the best-selling, non-latex option on Amazon, and each box includes a mix of the popular original, extra studded and extra lubricated versions of the condoms. All SKYN condoms are electronically tested and made from SKYNFEEL, a non-latex material which is both soft and strong to deliver a safe yet comfortable experience during sex.

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6. K-Y Me & You Intense Ultra Thin Latex Condoms

BEST THIN

The K-Y Me & You Intense Ultra Thin Latex Condoms use a water-based lubricant to deliver greater smoothness and comfort during intimate moments. The thin-walled condoms sport a more natural fit, making them easier to wear for men, while the dotted and ribbed exterior adds to the experience for her. Plus, the condoms are electronically tested and come in a specially designed package with a discreet appearance, making them a more convenient choice if you’re looking for a condom option to keep in your wallet for those just-in-case times.

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7. Playboy Condoms Studded Pleasure Condoms

BEST LUBRICATED

With their premium silicone lubricant coating, these Playboy Studded Pleasure Premium Lubricated Condoms help to ensure a fun time for both him and her. In addition to the added lubricant, the condom’s design features a range of studs placed in just the right places to maximize pleasure for both participants. Each pack contains 36 condoms which are individually wrapped and sport the world famous Playboy logo for an appealing design.

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The Highest Rated Sex Lubricants on Amazon

Until there’s no such thing as unplanned pregnancy and venereal disease, condoms are going to be part of the life of any clear-thinking man. Sadly, there’s always going to be an issue with convenience, sensitivity, and comfort that goes along with it.

That’s why some experts have gotten together and ranked the best condoms out there. That way you don’t have to waste the money on something you hate. Here are their suggestions.

  • Best All-Around Condom: Trojan Ultra-Ribbed Ecstasy – “Long-lasting lube and women love the ribs”
  • Best Condom For Your Pleasure: Trojan Charged Orgasmic Pleasure – “Heightened sensation and comfort”
  • Best Condom For Her Pleasure: Trojan Her Pleasure Ecstasy – “Women say it feels great”
  • Most Natural-Feeling: Durex Extra Sensitive – “Super thin…feels very close to sex without a condom”
  • Most Comfortable: Lifestyles Skyn – “Softer and stretchier than latex…slick without really being lubed”
  • Most Unique: Trojan Twisted Pleasure – “A corkscrew-like sensation feels like a completely different experience of sex”
  • Best For Longer-Lasting Sex: Durex Performax – “Contains Benzocaine, which reduces skin sensitivity”
  • Best Condom For Monogamous Couples: NaturalLamb Trojan –“Latex-free condom…feels like a second-skin”
  • Best For Thrill Seekers: Trojan Magnum Twister – “15% larger than standard condoms with extra latex and twist shape at the end.”

Source: Men’s Health

Since most women orgasm from clitoral stimulation, not penetration alone, every extra bit of friction can only help you in that regard. While ribbed condoms might seem like a gimmick, the texture and added friction on the surface can actually provide some clutch clitoral stimulation to bring you to orgasm. Of course, there’s only so much info you can glean from reading condom boxes hastily in your local drugstore, so we’ve done the research for you. Here are the 11 best ribbed and textured condoms on the market right now.

1. Kimono MicroThin Ribbed + Sensi Dots

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Kimono is one of the harder brands to find, but they’re considered a cult fave. They claim to be America’s thinnest textured latex condom, which adds sensitivity for both you and your partner. These condoms have stacked rows of raised dots, ribs, and another pattern of dots extending along the length of the condom.

Shop Now MicroThin Ribbed & Dots Condom, KIMONO (available on Adam & Eve), $15 for a box of 12

2. Adam & Eve Ribbed Condoms

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These best-selling condoms (more than 35,000 sold) have a long-lasting silicone lubricant and ultra-strong latex for peace of mind and heightened sensitivity. Plus, for the price, it’s pretty hard not to at least try them out once (or 13 times).

Shop Now Ribbed Condoms, ADAM & EVE, $6 for a pack of 13

3. Playboy Pleasure Studded Condoms

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These studded condoms are some of the highest rated on Amazon when it comes to textured condoms. A pack of 36 will cost you $16, which isn’t bad, and they’ve also got a silicone lube to ensure maximum pleasure. Out of nine reviews, all nine people gave it five stars and had nothing but good things to say about them—including that they feel better than other brands and tend to have less of a latex-y condom smell.

4. Rough Rider Studded Condoms

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Cartoonish packaging aside, these condoms have some of the best reviews on Amazon for any condom, not just textured condoms. These are on the thin side, too, if that’s something you’re looking for.

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Shop Now Studded Condoms, ROUGH RIDER (available on Amazon), $8 for a box of 24

5. Trojan Ultra Ribbed Lubricated Condoms

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For a more traditional ribbed condom, try these. The Trojan Ultra Ribbed condoms boast a very impressive 4.5-star rating over 552 reviews. This thicker-style condom features deep ribbing for maximum stimulation.

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Shop Now Ultra Ribbed Lubricated Condoms, TROJAN (available on Amazon), $12 for a box of 36

6. ONE 576 Sensations

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No, there aren’t 576 condoms in this pack, unfortunately, but there are 576 individual studs on each condom to provide total stimulation everywhere. These studs are smaller and the latex is thinner, so if you’re looking for something with lots of contact points (not necessarily bigger ones), this is a good bet.

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Shop Now 576 Sensations, ONE (available on Amazon) $13 for a box of 12

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7. Trojan Ecstasy Pack

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If you’re looking for variety, try the Ecstasy pack. This box of 26 features several of Trojan’s best-selling ribbed condoms, including Double Ecstasy (lubricated inside for him and special intense lube on the outside for you), Pure Ecstasy (lube inside and out), Ultra Ribbed Ecstasy (deeper ribs outside), and Fire & Ice Ecstasy (lubricant that warms and tingles for both partners). Trojan Ecstasy condoms feature ribbing on the base and a larger, bulbous end at the head for more comfort.

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Shop Now Ecstasy Pack, TROJAN (available on Amazon), $14 for a box of 26

8. Durex Intense Sensations Condoms

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These condoms boast “extra-large dots,” and reviewers back this up. These have a four-star rating over 78 reviews. Multiple reviewers mentioned the dots are so large that both partners could feel them during sex, which could be a good or bad thing depending on your preference.

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Shop Now Intense Sensations Condoms, DUREX (available on Amazon), $8 for a box of 12

9. Durex Performax Intense Condoms

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If you want both ribbing and dots, look no further. These Durex condoms feature ribbing on the base as well as studs for a variety of sensations. They also come with a special lubricant designed to delay ejaculation, so you can rest easy knowing you’ll have time to get yours too.

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Shop Now Performax Intense Condoms, DUREX (available on Amazon), $9 for a box of 24

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10. SKYN Extra Studded Condoms

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These non-latex condoms are made with polyisoprene, making them great for people with latex allergies or sensitivities. These condoms are on the thinner side and feature dots for stimulation. Several reviewers gave these five-star ratings and mentioned that their female partners particularly liked them compared to other condoms.

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Shop Now Extra Studded Condoms, SKYN (available on Amazon), $22 for a box of 10

11. Lelo Hex Condoms

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These condoms aren’t marketed as being textured for the benefit of stimulation, although a friend of mine who has tried them says the texture is subtle but noticeable during sex. Instead, the unique hexagonal design is inspired by the geometry of the shape in nature—as one of the strongest shapes in nature, the hex allows the condom to stretch and flex for both parties’ comfort and pleasure.

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Shop Now HEX Condoms, LELO, $35 for a pack of 36

Carina Hsieh Sex & Relationships Editor Carina Hsieh lives in NYC with her French Bulldog Bao Bao — follow her on Instagram and Twitter • Candace Bushnell once called her the Samantha Jones of Tinder • She enjoys hanging out in the candle aisle of TJ Maxx and getting lost in Amazon spirals.

Condoms get a bit of a bad rap. For the most part, the humble rubber is seen as a dull necessity, in the same league as seat belts and home insurance. At best, they’re inconvenient. At worst, they’re a total mood-killer.

Badly-fitting condoms double your risk of losing your erection

However, the modern man clearly knows better than to leave his ticker unwrapped. In the UK, new cases of sexually-transmitted diseases like chlamydia, gonorrhea and genital warts were down by 4 per cent in 2016, according to the most recent data, while pregnancy rates dipped to their lowest since 2005. Our portion of Tinder’s 10 million active daily users clearly have their heads screwed on.

But safe doesn’t have to mean boring. In fact, with a bit of know-how, your rubber wingman could actually level up your sex life (and boost your health). Here’s what you should look for when choosing your fighter.

What to look for in a Condom

You’re told how to use condoms, but rarely how to choose them. It goes without saying that protection is paramount: always go for function over form. Much like buying the right training shoe, take size, shape and texture into consideration when making your selection.

Want reasonably priced and reliable? Go for latex. Need extra protection? Look for spermicidal. If comfort’s key, seek out lubricated, or if you’re concerned about dulled sensations, see ultra-thin. Unless you’re in a monogamous relationship, steer clear of lambskin – this should go without saying, but avoid the novelty contingent entirely. You won’t find your glow-in-the-dark member funny at the sexual health clinic two weeks from now.

No matter what you go for, the best condom is ultimately the one you use.

Condom size chart

You wouldn’t order a T-shirt online without choosing a size that’s likely to fit you. Why should buying condoms be any different? At best, going too large or too small will make for a sub-par experience beneath the sheets – in fact, a 2010 study by The Kinsey Institute for Research on Sex, Gender, and Reproduction in Indiana found that badly-fitting condoms double your risk of losing your erection, and cause both you and your partner to have trouble reaching the big O. At worst, the condom could split, break, or come off completely.

(Related: How does your penis measure up?)

Believe it or not, the most important measurement for finding your fit is girth, not length. Don’t bother wrapping a tape measure around your ticker, all you need is a toilet paper roll. Slide it around your erect penis – if there’s extra room, go for ‘small’. Too tight? Go for a larger condom. And if it’s a comfortable fit, ‘medium’ or ‘regular’ is the best option. Now you’ve got sizing and style sorted, determine the best condom for you with our top picks.

(Related: All the facts you need to know about penis size)

Best all-around condom: Pasante Ribbed and Dotted

If you’re looking for a go-to condom, you’ve found it. Ribbed at the tip, with raised dots along the length, this condom increases sensation for both you and your partner – but not to the point of distraction. They’re also the most wallet-friendly at £5.99 for a pack of 12. Buy yours here.

(Related: 3 ways to guarantee all-night sex)

Best condom for your pleasure: Trojan Bareskin Studded

Priced at £12.50 for a pack of 10, Trojan Bareskin Studded combines the best of both worlds. Not only is it super thin – so you’ll get more sensation – this condom is covered in elevated studs to stimulate you (and her) further.

Buy it here.

Best condom for her pleasure: Durex Pleasure Me

Durex Pleasure Me condoms have been designed with specifically-positioned ribs and dots to increase clitoral stimulation (and give your ego a boost in the process). They’re £9.99 for a pack of 12 – get yours here.

(Related: 4 sex positions that will help her climax faster)

Most natural-feeling condom: Mates Skyn Original

Made from a scientifically formulated non-latex material, the Skyn range promises to offer “the strength of latex” with “the sensitivity of an ultra-thin condom”. Buy yours here, priced at £10.99 for 10.

Most comfortable condom: Lelo Hex

Marketed as “the first major condom innovation in years”, Lelo Hex (£16.90 for a pack of 12) is smooth on the outside, with a graphene-inspired structure of 350 interconnected hexagons within. This boosts sensation, allows the transfer of body heat between you and your partner, and holds the condom in place like a pro. Buy them here.

(Related: A new twist on 3 old sex positions)

Most unique condom: Durex Intense Stimulating Condoms

The combination of this condom’s supremely ribbed and dotted texture and warming, cooling, tingling ‘Desirex gel’ formula make it one for the bucket list. The downside? Priced at £14.99 for a pack of 12, they’re not the most wallet-friendly choice on the list, but it’s well worth shelling out. Get them here.

The best condom for longer-lasting sex: Durex Extended Pleasure

Finishing too fast? Durex Extended Pleasure is the world’s first condom to have a coating of numbing lubricant containing 5% Benzocaine in the tip. The result? It’ll keep you going far longer without detracting from the overall experience. They’re £9.99 for a pack of 12 – get them here.

(Related: This is how long sex lasts for most couples)

Best condom for monogamous couples: Trojan Naturalamb

If you can get past the fact they’re made from lamb’s intestines – and you’re willing to shell out £34.99 on a pack of 10 – Trojan Natural Lamb condoms are well worth a punt. Since they’re made from a “natural membrane”, the tiny micro-pores prevent your swimmers from getting through, but be warned: they won’t block STIs. Buy them here.

Best condom for thrill-seekers: Trojan Ultra Ribbed Ecstasy

This condom features deep ribs at both the base and the tip, and offers a little extra room “for a more natural experience”. It’s also coated inside and out with a super-smooth lubricant. £12.99 for a pack of 10 – buy them here.

(Related: 3 steps to kinkier sex)

Best all-natural condom: Sustain Condoms

Sex is, after all, the most natural thing in the world. Why not go green? This all-natural, ultra-thin, certified vegan, FairTrade, Non-GMO Jonny is free of nitrosamines, a carcinogen commonly found in condoms. Priced at £4 for a pack of three, get yours here.

4 Things To Know If You Can’t Orgasm

Most men can climax fairly quickly and easily if they put their mind to it. However, for some women, achieving an orgasm can sometimes be a much more intricate and lengthy process. If you are someone who struggles to orgasm with your partner, then fear not. There are various bits of information you should know that could help you to move forward and start a new chapter in your sex life:

It’s all about the attitude

As with many things in life, success comes from positive thinking, which then in turn leads to positive results. The same is true when it comes to having an orgasm – if you think that you are someone who will never be able to have one, then you will most likely struggle, but if you believe that you are totally able to master the art of orgasm and are prepared to put in the groundwork, then mind-blowing sex is definitely in your future. It’s also really important to stay relaxed and to try not to overthink the situation. Stay in the moment and try to clear your mind of any other thoughts other than your partner and the sensations you are feeling. Putting on some soft music and low lighting will help to ward off distractions, as well as inducing you into a more relaxed state of mind.

Different positions could help

Sexual positions are a very personal preference and many women have their own favourites when it comes to helping them to achieve orgasm. Popular positions include those which allow the woman to be in control of the speed and movement, such as The Cowgirl, The Reverse Cowgirl and The Lapdance – these all involve the women taking the ‘top’ position so that she is most dominant and can lead the action. Other positions allow for a deeper penetration, which could help with G-spot stimulation inside the vagina. These include Doggy Style and variations of Missionary, where the woman’s legs are suspended on the man’s shoulders for a steeper angle. Back to front positions, such as Spooning and Doggy Style also mean that the man can use his free hands to stimulate the woman’s clitoris, which often results in her reaching orgasm sooner.

Foreplay is great

Foreplay can play a massive role when it comes to climaxing. After all, reaching orgasm is a steady climb, and usually requires lots of build up before it happens. Experiment with different things and don’t be afraid to talk to your partner about what feels good and what doesn’t. Many women love oral sex and find that the soft strokes of their clitoris with their partner’s tongue helps to heighten the sensations they feel before moving into intercourse. Sex toys can also be useful, both in foreplay and during sex, and it’s not just vibrators that you have to choose; cock rings, vibrating pillows, tingling lubes and intimate massagers are just a few of the accessories you can try out to see which feels the best.

Practice makes perfect

If you have recently met a new partner and are struggling to climax with them remember that it often takes time for you both to get into a good rhythm together as nerves, embarrassment and anxiety can all get in the way. Masturbating can be a good way to find out what you like and what brings you close to orgasm so that you can tell your partner – or why not masturbate in front of him so that he can get a first-hand view of what really turns you on! Remember that communication is very often the key to a great sex life, so be open with each other and don’t be afraid to say if something isn’t working for you – being honest will pay off in the long run when you discover your orgasm potential.

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thinking back now, i can’t believe in thinking this now, but i had protected sex on the day i was ovulating. my boyfriend had told me that his sperm looks like it had leaked through the bottom of the condom. is this possible and if so how likely is it that i’m pregnant???

Yes, sperm can sometimes leak out of the opening of a condom if, for example, your boyfriend leaves the condom on after his erection goes away. If his penis goes soft with the semen still inside the condom, the condom will be loose, and precum and semen can get out, putting you at risk for pregnancy and STDs. That’s why you should always take a condom off right after sex (holding the condom on the base of the penis while pulling out), and put a new one on for every new erection or new sex act.

The only other way sperm (from semen or precum) can leak through a condom is if there’s a hole or tear in it. Things that can make a condom break:

  • The condom gets caught on something sharp like your nails or teeth. (Sidenote: That’s why we say to never open condom wrappers with your teeth!)

  • Not having enough lubrication. That can cause friction that could make the condom break.

  • Using oil-based lube (like coconut oil), which can break down the material the condom is made of.

If you’re worried some semen got near your vagina, and you don’t want to get pregnant, you can use emergency contraception up to 5 days after sex. If it’s been longer than 5 days, wait for your next period, and if it doesn’t come then you can take a pregnancy test.

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‘Only one woman has ever made me cum from oral sex. It took 45 mins and it only happened because she handcuffed me to a chair, blindfolded me and said she wasn’t stopping until I came.’

Matt,* who’s 35, suffers from delayed ejaculation, which means it can take him a long time to achieve orgasm – if he’s able to achieve it at all.

Delayed ejaculation is the third most common male sexual disorder – after erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation.

But while lasting all night might sound about as problematic as, ‘my wallet can’t fit all these fifties,’ for men like Matt, it’s a genuine source of stress.

‘I get in my own head and worry about how long it’s taking, instead of enjoying it,’ he tells Metro.co.uk.

Matt achieves orgasm on around a quarter of the occasions he has sex. While he accepts this on the basis that, ‘you can have good sex without cumming,’ his partners aren’t always so relaxed about it.

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He explains: they get frustrated, and question whether I fancy them or if they’re doing something wrong. I can go for over an hour, and sometimes they ask, “are you ever going to bloody cum?” That can reinforce the feeling that I’m failing.’

Currently single, Matt’s longest relationship was at the age of 20. It lasted a year, but they didn’t actually have sex. He explains: ‘I’d lost my virginity at 18, but she was a very nervous virgin, and it didn’t get there.’

Matt hopes that a long term relationship would make it easier for him to achieve orgasm as, ‘you grow to know each other sexually – it’s better sex when you know what each other likes.’

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The stumbling block for Matt is getting a relationship off the ground. Having been single for five years, his delayed ejaculation makes him wary of sex with someone new, ‘even more so if they know my friends – I’d be embarrassed if they found out.’

Sometimes, when Matt’s talked about the issue up front, women have taken it as a challenge to make him cum. This is what happened in the case of The 45 Minute Blowjob, and another time it led to sex that saw him reach orgasm in record time.

He says: ‘when I explained I take ages, and that it was fine if she wanted to stop, she said she wouldn’t stop until I came – then she got on top and grinded until I did.’

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Matt fast-tracked to orgasm in a swift 15 minutes, but unfortunately, this didn’t boost his confidence in his ability to cum more easily.

‘It’s not like it happened naturally, it was like, “WE ARE GOING TO MAKE IT HAPPEN!” which made me feel kind of uncomfortable. She was grinding so hard, the condom broke.’

Having Googled delayed ejaculation, Matt believes condoms, alcohol, his diet and being circumcised all contribute to his issues with achieving orgasm. ‘It’s known that circumcised penises are less sensitive, and from what I’ve read, fatty foods can dull the senses,’ he explains. ‘I think feeling happier naked would relax me more as well.’

While being a stayer is usually seen as a badge of honour, for Matt, it’s nothing but a headache. ‘I sometimes worry it could have an impact on my ability to start to a family and it’s even made me question my sexuality,’ he says. ‘It’s not as much of an issue when I wank – maybe I’m just too used to my hand.’

There are various possible causes of delayed ejaculation, and some research suggests that masturbation may be one of them. Ian, who’s 50, thinks this is definitely the root of his problem.

‘I can end up f***ing for ages without cumming, but when I’m by myself it takes ten minutes,’ Ian tells us. ‘I think masturbating is why I take a while, as I was much more used to that than having sex.’

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Ian masturbated two or three times a day from the age of 15. He first had sex at 21, but says, ‘the lack of sex in my 20s and 30s got me more used to masturbating.’

Ian says that when he was younger, sex could often last several hours, but it wasn’t continuous: ‘Sometimes we’d need a breather – I play cricket, so I’m used to a tea break!’

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Although Ian’s physical experience is similar to Matt’s, Ian doesn’t see delayed ejaculation as an issue. He says: ‘taking a long time hasn’t had any great negative impact on me. I’d prefer to come a bit quicker, but it’s just the way I am.’

‘This can never be as much of a problem as premature ejaculation – then the show’s over before the orchestra has finished the overture – that’s not fun for anyone.’

Overall, the reaction that Ian’s had from partners has been positive. He never mentions delayed ejaculation beforehand, explaining, ‘I think I’m safe in saying that men don’t say anything to women that might remotely put them off sex’.

When he has taken a while, ‘it’s never been a big issue’.

‘Sometimes they’ve got sore, but in the main, I’d like to think they were ecstatic,’ says Ian. ‘They have commented when I haven’t cum, but only to ask if there was anything else they could do.’

Ian has a list of fallback tricks for just this occasion. ‘I suggest oral, or letting me watch them masturbate,’ he tells us. ‘I’m inclined now to finish with my own hand, on them, if they like that – it brings things to a conclusion.’

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While there are times Ian can’t achieve orgasm at all, he doesn’t seem too bothered: ‘It depends on the woman, but generally I’d be mildly frustrated – no more than that.’

Dr. Jane Dickson is a consultant in sexual and reproductive healthcare. We asked her about possible causes of delayed ejaculation.

‘Delayed ejaculation is when a man experiences a significant delay in ejaculating, or may not be able to ejaculate at all,’ Jane explains. ‘For younger men the cause is often psychological e.g relationship problems, stress, depression, guilt or anxiety. Unfortunately, anxiety about the problem often makes things worse.

‘There can also be physical problems, more common in older men e.g. diabetes, and muscular sclerosis. Blood pressure and depression medicines can also contribute.’

To avoid delayed ejaculation causing problems in relationships, Dr. Dickson offers the following advice: ‘it’s important to rule out any treatable causes so seek the advice of your GP or local sexual health clinic if you have any concerns.

‘Generally the quality of the sperm is not affected, so if there are problems, it can be collected for IVF treatment – and sex therapy is often extremely helpful.’

*Names have been changed.

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You probably don’t give much thought to condoms when it comes to your pleasure. After all, you use them to protect yourself from STIs and an unintended pregnancy, and their effectiveness is priority number one.

While condoms usually do their job when they’re used correctly, they can do more than just offer protection. In fact, some of the best condoms on the market can actually enhance a woman’s experience. “There are many different types of condoms out there for pleasure,” says sex therapist Debra Laino.

Textures are a big bonus when you’re using a condom—some brands offer ridges or studs, which can create different sensations in your vagina. “That’s very pleasurable for many women,” Laino says.

Of course, everyone is different and the type of condom that one woman obsesses over over just might not do it for you, and that’s okay. “Some people like the feeling of ribbed and other textured versions and others report that they don’t experience any difference in pleasure,” says Jessica O’Reilly, Ph.D., host of the @SexWithDrJess Podcast.

Ultimately, the fit, texture, flavor, and brand is a matter of personal taste, which is why it’s a good idea to experiment to see what works best for you and your partner, O’Reilly says.

Given that there are a bunch of condoms out there that promise to enhance your pleasure (and his), it’s tough to know where to start. That’s why we polled sex experts to determine the best condoms for women. Try one—or a few—until you find a favorite.

TROJAN BARESKIN

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These condoms are 40 percent thinner than your average rubber, allowing you to get closer while still being protected. This “feels more natural, which many women like,” Laino says.

Buy it: $7.50 for 10, jet.com

GLYDE SLIMFIT

Glyde

Glyde bills itself as the smallest condom approved by the FDA, and it allows for a snug fit which feels great for both of you. The condoms are also vegan and non-toxic, and doesn’t have a strong, rubbery odor like a lot of other condoms, Laino says. “Even their flavoring is organic,” O’Reilly says.

Buy it: $15 for 12, jet.com

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TROJAN NATURALAMB

Trojan

Lambskin condoms are much thinner than rubber condoms, and they tend to have a more natural feel. “These give women a deeper sense of intimacy as they do not feel like latex,” Laino says. Just keep this in mind: Lambskin condoms are more porous than latex versions and they don’t protect against STIs. So use this with your steady, monogamous partner—not for a one-night stand.

Buy it: $9 for three, jet.com

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CROWN SKINLESS SKIN

Crown

These condoms are ultra-thin to give it a natural feel, enhancing your pleasure and his. They also don’t have a strong latex smell like some other brands, O’Reilly says.

Buy it: $25 for 24, walgreens.com

ONE PLEASURE PLUS

One Condoms

This condom has a “pleasure pouch” near the head, which can enhance your experience. “Some women feel more sensitivity against their G-spot because of the extra pouch,” O’Reilly says. The rubbers also have internal ribbing, which is a bonus for your guy.

Buy it: $6 for three, jet.com

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SUSTAIN ULTRA THIN

Sustain

Sustain condoms tend to have a tighter fit, creating more of a natural feel for you, Laino says. They’re also fair trade and non-toxic, making them a good choice if you want protection with an eco-friendly side.

Buy it: $9.50 for 10, jet.com

2019 World’s Best Condoms Awards

Since 1996, Condom Depot has revolutionized the way consumers buy condoms online, ensuring they find the best condom brand for their needs. Over the course of two decades, we’ve sold millions of condoms worldwide and received invaluable feedback from our customers on the best condoms to use, and the not so great ones.

Every year, our goal is to discover what our customers are looking for and make the best possible recommendations. Whether it’s the best condoms for feeling, best condoms for her, or simply the best condom brands in general, we carefully consider thousands of customer messages and product reviews to determine just one thing: what are the best condoms.

Without further ado, Condom Depot is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 World’s Best Condoms Awards (in no particular order).

2019 World’s Best Condom Award Winners:

  • Crown Skinless Skin
  • Beyond Seven
  • Beyond Seven Mega Big Boy
  • Durex Extra Sensitive
  • Caution Wear Iron Grip
  • Kimono Special
  • Lifestyles SKYN
  • Lifestyles Ultra Thin
  • ONE Pleasure Plus
  • ONE Vanish HyperThin

After months of research by the Condom Depot staff, and with the much appreciated help of our Official Condom Testing Group, we’ve determined the best condoms to buy in 2019. Some brands, such as Crown Skinless Skin, have consistently won year-over-year. While other brands, such as ONE Vanish HyperThin, are new to the winners circle. The newest addition we’re really excited about: Beyond Seven Mega Big Boy. True it’s namesake, its quickly become the most popular brand to try if you’re looking for the best large condom.

Whether you buy just one of the featured best condom winners, or all of them in an exclusive 2019 World’s Best Condom Sampler Jar, we sincerely hope you enjoy this year’s highly-rated line-up. We look forward to reviewing all of the customer feedback we’ll receive in the upcoming year. If you have questions, comments or are interested in participating in next year’s Official Condom Testing group, please email [email protected]

Remember, always Play Safe!
The Condom Depot Staff

Crown Skinless Skin Condoms

Winner for the 17th year in a row! Are Crown Skinless Skin the best condoms ever? You betcha!!

Year after year, our customers consistently rate Crown Skinless Skin condoms the head of the class. In terms of sensitivity, reliability and comfort the Crown Skinless Skin condom is unmatched. Most famous for their use in adult movies, Skinless Skin are pink tinted and famous for being ridiculously thin, yet super strong. Manufactured in Japan by Okamoto, who also manufactures fellow World’s Best Winner Beyond Seven. Customer’s love them because the super-thin design that gives a sense of “bareback” feeling, helping you feel closer to your lover. Bottom Line: It feels like you have nothing on.

  • Characteristics: Thinnest Latex Condom, makes it feel like you are not wearing a condom. They are slightly above average in size for more comfort.
  • Female Review: “So thin I feel closer to my lover, and no nasty latex smell makes sex better.”
  • Male Review: “Bareback feeling seems like your not using a condom. What can be better than that?!”
  • Average Tester Rating: Her: A+, Him: A+
  • Condom Stats
    Measurements: 8″ Length x 1.94″ Width (203.2 mm x 49.29 mm)
    Thickness: SUPER SENSITIVE A+++ <- The MOST Sensitive
    Lubrication: Yes. Does NOT Contain Harmful Nonoxynol-9 Spermicide.

Shop Now for Crown Skinless Skin “

Beyond Seven Sheerlon Condoms

12th Time Winner

Made from the state-of-the-art, super-thin Sheerlon material, Beyond Seven Sheerlon Condoms, provide more strength and durability, without the thickness of traditional latex condoms. The texture of Sheerlon latex is silkier and feels more natural, bare skin contact. Both partners can see and feel the difference of Beyond Seven Sheerlon Condoms.

  • Characteristics: Made of a super thin latex called “Sheerlon”. Can be made thinner and stronger than other condoms.
  • Female Review: “So thin I could feel the heat!”
  • Male Review: “The Japanese really make a great condom. Super thin and super strong. Wish they were wider in the head.”
  • Average Tester Rating: Her: A-, Him: A-
  • Condom Stats:
    Measurements: 7.87″ Length x 1.87″ Width (199.89 mm x 47.63 mm),
    Thickness: SUPER SENSITIVE A+
    Lubrication: Yes. Does NOT Contain Harmful Nonoxynol-9 Spermicide.

Shop Now for Beyond Seven Condoms “

Beyond Seven Mega Big Boy Condoms

1st Time Winner!

Truly the best large condom, this is the first of its kind to make the Best Condom Awards! The Beyond Seven Mega Big Boy large condom is loaded with extra head room, measuring 2.75″ (flattened) at the widest point of the head, and 1.96″ (flattened) at the base. And for length, the Mega Big Boy condom clocks in at 8.00″ long. Plus, it’s perfectly lubricated with a silky silicone-based lubricant.

  • Characteristics: Large condom with super-thin sheerlon technology and extra head room.
  • Female Review: “I really enjoyed the feeling of the condom material and lubrication of this brand.”
  • Male Review: “By far the best large condom I’ve ever tried.”
  • Average Tester Rating: Her: A+, Him: A+
  • Condom Stats:
    Measurements: 8″ Length x 2.12″ Width
    Thickness: SUPER SENSITIVE A++++
    Lubrication: Yes. Does NOT Contain Harmful Nonoxynol-9 Spermicide.

Shop Now for Beyond Seven Mega Big Boy “

Durex Extra Sensitive Condoms

12th Time Winner – Rated Best Condom by Consumer Reports

The Durex Extra Sensitive condom is the thinnest latex condom in the Durex product line. It is super sensitive, comes with a good amount of lubricant, and a slightly wider head. All of these characteristics make this condom a great choice for those who love the Durex brand. This condom was also rated the most dependable condom by Consumer Reports in 2005.

  • Characteristics: Durex’s thinnest and most sensitive latex condom. Feel closer to your lover.
  • Female Review: “It was hard to tell he was wearing a condom, 2 Thumbs and 2 Toes Up!”
  • Male Review: “Amazing! We all hate having to use a condom, but these goodies don’t take away any of the pleasure. In fact, they change the sensation a bit.. they feel just as good, but in a different way.”
  • Average Tester Rating: Her: A, Him: A+
  • Condom Stats:
    Measurements: 7.75″ Length x 1.94″ Width (196.85 mm x 49.29 mm)
    Thickness: SUPER SENSITIVE A+
    Lubrication: Yes. Does NOT Contain Harmful Nonoxynol-9 Spermicide.

Shop Now for Durex Extra Sensitive Condoms “

Caution Wear Iron Grip Condoms

4th Time Winner

This 4th time winner has been highly praised by our customers. It gets the ‘Iron Grip’ name for having a smaller width, making it the best snugger fitting condom. A customer from Boston raves, “Finally! A Condom that fits and wont slip! The snuggest fit I have found with the exception of some custom fit condom I used to be able to find online.”

  • Characteristics: Snugger, tighter fitting condom
  • Female Review: “I never have to worry about a condom slipping off thanks to Iron Grip.”
  • Male Review: “Finally, a smaller sized condom that fits me better than the condoms I could get at stores.”
  • Average Tester Rating: Her: B, Him: B+
  • Condom Stats:
    Measurements: 7.75″ Length x 1.75″ Width (196.85 mm x 44.45 mm)
    Thickness: SENSITIVE B
    Lubrication: Yes. Does NOT Contain Harmful Nonoxynol-9 Spermicide.

Shop Now for Caution Wear Iron Grip “

Kimono Special Condoms

2nd Time Winner

Kudos to the Japanese brand, Okamoto! These condoms feature hundreds of tiny raised bumps along the shaft design to rock her world. VERY SIMILAR TO THE INTENSE SENSATION, EXCEPT THIS IS A SNUG FIT CONDOM. Made from an advanced Latex called Sherlon, they are much thinner than standard latex condoms without sacrificing strength. The thinner latex also helps her feel the heat and friction that is mostly lost from thicker latex condoms. This condom is an instant classic.

Shop Now for Kimono Special Condoms “

Lifestyles SKYN Non-Latex Condoms

2nd Time Winner – The only non-latex condoms to make the list.

With so few choices on the market in latex free condoms, it’s a relief to finally find a sensitive, non-latex condom that lives up to the hype about condoms that are made with Polyisopreen. These condoms are not only Thin, but unlike the “Old School” Polyurethane Condoms (That made weird noises and offered little to no stretch), these also offer some room and without feeling like a plastic bag. They also offer a true feeling of heat transfer that make them even more unique!

  • Characteristics: As the name implies. Non-Latex and they do feel like a second skyn.
  • Female Review: “I can feel him through his sheath!”
  • Male Review: “Feels grrreat! Thinner for more natural feel.”
  • Average Tester Rating: Her: A-, Him: A
  • Condom Stats:
    Measurements: 8″ Length x 2″ Width (203 mm x 51 mm)
    Thickness: SENSITIVE A+
    Lubrication: Yes. Does NOT Contain Harmful Nonoxynol-9 Spermicide.

Shop Now for Lifestyles SKYN Condoms “

Lifestyles Ultra Thin Condoms

2nd Time Winner – Super thin, bareback sensation while maintaining its structural integrity.

Lifestyles has listened to what consumers are wanting. Every year it seems that our data gathering is pointing to one thing… People have less a problem with wearing a condom when it doesn’t feel like they are wearing a condom. Lifestyles Ultra Thin Condoms are exactly what the Folks asked for and they deliver. Both men and women scored it very highly on sensitivity and it’s slightly larger than the Crown and Beyond Seven products which was also a positive scoring characteristic.

Shop Now for Lifestyles Ultra Thin Condoms “

ONE Pleasure Plus Condoms

2nd Time Winner

ONE Pleasure Plus Condoms offer serious protection while remaining thin enough to feel your partner. Our Gay testers admired how the ribbed bag add to prostate pleasure! Our Female testers like how these can help stimulate the ever elusive G-Spot! For an enjoyable experience, while remaining safe, go for the ONE Pleasure Plus

  • Characteristics: Light bulb shaped design adds pleasure to him and her.
  • Female Review: “He likes these a great deal and that makes me enjoy them more.”
  • Male Review: “The head of my penis has room to breath. The extra bagginess adds to its pleasure.”
  • Average Tester Rating: Her: A-, Him: A
  • Condom Stats:
    Measurements: 7.25″ Length x 2″ Width At The Base(199.89 mm x 50.8 mm)
    Thickness: SENSITIVE B+
    Lubrication: Yes. Does NOT Contain Harmful Nonoxynol-9 Spermicide.

Shop Now for ONE Pleasure Plus Condoms “

ONE Vanish HyperThin Condoms

1st Time Winner

Get closer than ever with the advanced technology of ONE Vanish Condoms. These ultra-smooth latex condoms give you the bareskin feel without sacrificing safety and protection. ONE uses the latest advancements in latex technology to give you a condom that is 35% thinner than normal condoms, but just as strong.

Shop Now for ONE Vanish HyperThin Condoms “

2019 World’s Best Condom Sampler Jar

Are you ready to sample all of the award-winning 2019 World’s Best Condoms? The exclusive 2019 World’s Best Condom Sampler Jar is the way to go! Featuring 3 each of the winners of the 2019 World’s Best Condoms, plus 2 of the popular Vibrating Johnny rings and samples of premium lubricant.

Shop Now for the 2019 World’s Best Condom Sampler Jar “

When it comes to choosing the best condom for you, there are a few things to keep in mind: the fit, texture, thickness and what type of lube you can use with it. A snug-fitting condom feels better and is more effective at protecting you and your partner from STIs and (if applicable to your relationship) unplanned pregnancy. However, a condom that’s too tight might actually tear or break during sex.

On the other end of the spectrum, condoms that are too loose won’t be as effective in protecting you… Not to mention they’ll feel crap on and will get annoying pretty damn fast.

So the best condoms don’t just help you practice safer sex, they can make your time between the sheets more pleasurable (we’re talking textured and lubricated condoms here). You’ll probably need to experiment before you find the perfect rubber for the both of you, but hopefully that won’t be too much of a chore…

Disclaimer: no condom is 100% effective, and rates vary between brands, so always do your research before buying.

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Finding the best condom for both of you

While there’s nothing stopping you from using any one condom in all number of situations, selecting the best condom for the job in hand (so to speak) is important. In other words, consider your needs and desires, your partner’s, and what you’re likely to be getting up to together behind closed doors.

If the condom is there as a simple contraceptive, a thin and ultra-sensitive condom might benefit the individual with a penis more. To make sex and erotic play more of a turn-on for the both of you, experiment with a textured condom or one lubricated to produce a warm or minty-cold tingly feeling.

Anal sex demands a slightly thicker condom and increased lubricant – and do be careful to select something flavour-free to avoid irritating those slightly more sensitive areas.

Sexual health practitioners advise using a condom for oral sex too, especially if you’re hooking up with a new partner, and flavoured condoms will serve you best here. They also recommend using condoms if you’re planning on sharing sex toys, such as dildos or vibrators.

Some people suffer from a latex allergy, and luckily there are latex-free condoms to opt for instead. And if you’ve been put off certain brands in the past for ethical reasons, there are a growing number of vegan condoms that don’t use casein. These types of more eco-friendly johnnies generally having a lower chemical load too.

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The best condoms to buy now

(Image credit: Skyn)

1. Skyn Intense Feel Condoms

The best condom for feeling (it’s close to skin-on-skin)

Reasons to buy

+ Non-latex material + Smooth lubricant + Wave pattern with dots + Straight fit

Latex condoms are not universal. Some people have a severe allergy to the stretchy stuff, so Skyn’s super-thin polyisoprene construction – which retains the same level of protection against STIs and pregnancy without the latex – may be the only choice for those who can’t use anything else.

Allergy or not, though, that material feels significantly softer and, yes, more skin-like than standard latex, which means these might appeal to those who just don’t like the feel of regular condoms.

There’s a stack of varieties on offer for our best condom top pick, including a Large variant and an Extra Lubricated version. We’d suggest trying the Intense Feel (pictured) to take advantage of that advanced material.

(Image credit: Hanx)

2. Hanx Vegan Condom

A good all-rounder condom that feels good for her too

+Vegan latex +No extra additives +Non-pungent scent

Most latex condoms include casein, a cow’s milk derivative that helps soften the latex to make it more comfortable against the skin. Hanx switches this out for thistle extract, making this contoured condom certified as vegan.

There’s no spermicide or parabens in use here, so the chemical load is much lower, and a clean scent covers up the off-putting smell of latex. As for the feel, they’re thin and comfortable, and feel good for the both of you. A good all-rounder if you want a more eco-friendly condom… and one that looks pretty stylish in the wrapper too.

(Image credit: TheyFit/MyOne)

3. TheyFit / MyOne

The best condom for getting a custom fit

+ Custom-sized in length and width + Online fitting process + Discrete wrapping+ Very comfortable

It’s estimated that only 12% of people with a penis are using condoms that actually fit properly. TheyFit offers up 66 individual sizes depending on length and width, and will guide you through the fitting process (which doesn’t necessarily have to be done solo…) to ensure you find the right size, whether it’s bigger, smaller, or somewhere in between.

With the company acquired in 2017 by Karex, the TheyFit branding is now transitioning to that of similar US brand MyONE Perfect Fit – it’s the same product. Do note, though, that these use a silicon lubricant, which can be an irritant for some people.

(Image credit: Okamoto)

4. Okamoto Zero Zero Three Smooth

Want a smaller size condom? Here you go

+Super-thin latex+Heat transferring properties+Unusual powder lubricant+Lesser girth

Reasons to avoid

-Empty List

A narrower base ring, measured at around 52mm, means these Japanese imports might feel a little tight on some, but for the penis with slightly less girth they’ll be a good fit.

That ‘Zero Zero Three’ refers to the super-thin 0.03mm latex, engineered both for softness and for enhanced heat transfer between partners. It’s perfect if you’re looking for a little sensitivity, although while that latex is plenty strong we’d advise not getting too rough with it.

Unusually, these uncontoured condoms use a powder lubricant, which is something you’ll rarely find elsewhere. It’s great for a smooth feel without the sticky and often pungent lubes many other condoms favour. A worthy addition to our best condoms guide.

(Image credit: Durex)

5. Durex Mutual Climax

The best condom for evening things up

+ Benzocaine lube + Extravagant texturing + A whole lot of fun + Easy to apply

It is a fact that we can’t always stay in sync with our partners, and there’s no magic bullet for that. Working together to find that balance is a fun but sometimes frustrating experience.

If you’re looking to line things up a little better, these easy-on condoms pack a double dose of help: they’re ribbed and dotted to help stimulate the vagina, and they pack Durex’s Performa, a benzocaine-infused lubricant which can help slightly numb the penis to delay climax. The rest is down to you.

(Image credit: Pasante)

6. Pasante Unique Latex Free Condoms

An ultra-thin condom that’s safe to use with oil-based lube

+Wallet-friendly packaging+Generous width+Heat shrink tech+Latex-free

Compare to the rest of the rubbers in our best condoms guide, Pasante’s Unique condoms are just that: not only are they packaged differently, folded and slid in their threes into a sturdy flat credit-card sized container perfect for keeping stashed in a wallet or purse, but they’re quite unlike any other condom.

Made from a non-latex resin-based synthetic material, which means they can be used with oil-based lubricants, the Unique condoms use body heat to cling to the penis and ensure a comfortable fit. That’s handy, because they have a flared base, and at 60mm wide they’re a little more generous than some.

Crucially, these are amongst the thinnest condoms around, so if you’re looking for ultra-sensitivity they’re a strong choice. Don’t get them too hot while they’re still in the wrapper, though, as we’ve heard reports of them, er, shrinking themselves a tad early.

(Image credit: LELO )

7. Lelo Hex Condom

The best condom for the well-endowed

+ Thin, next-gen construction + Water-based lube + Deals with breaks well + Larger option

Inspired by the super-strong structure of graphene, Swedish brand LELO has produced the water-lubricated Hex as a unique combination of strength and thinness – and if there is a break anywhere in the condom, the hexagonal web will contain it to a single panel.

Slimmer than most in more than one respect (some report that the standard Hex runs a little tighter than most brands), there’s a second option for those with slightly more girth: the Hex Respect XL is 10% larger but still just as thin.

(Image credit: Passante)

8. Pasante Extra Condom

The one to help you enjoy safer anal sex

+ 1mm thick walls + Extra-lubed + Well sized + Hard to break

When you need a little additional protection and strength, a thicker condom is the best condom for you. Pasante’s Extras are average-sized, so you shouldn’t have any problem getting them to fit, but they’re also a full 1mm thick, meaning they’re suitable for extra-vigorous activity and great for worry-free anal sex.

Don’t think you’ll lose too much sensation; there’s extra non-spermicidal silicone lubricant on board for maximum feel – if you need to add more, just make sure it’s water-based to avoid degrading the latex.

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