What is a condom?

A form of contraception, the condom is an important part of sex. Learn what it is, how to put one on, and the best condom for you in this guide.

In this day and age there’s no excuse for not protecting yourself and your lover. And with so many different colors, textures, and varieties available, using condoms can even enhance your play!

There are condoms for everyone: flavored, extra safe, delay varieties, non-latex for anyone with an allergy to the standard latex, and even ones that glow in the dark. Read on for our condom guide.

What is a Condom?

In general, condoms are latex sleeves that fit over the penis to provide protection against unwanted pregnancy, and to help stop the transmission of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

What are Condoms Used For?

Choosing the best condom can make a world of difference to both you and your partner’s pleasure and sexual health. You can use a condom for a load of different reasons, including:

  • To protect against unwanted pregnancy.
  • To protect against sexually transmitted diseases.
  • For extra peace of mind.
  • To enhance play with textures and/or flavors.
  • To revolutionize and optimize sexual happiness.

Different Types of Condoms

If you’re wondering what condom to use, take a look at the variety below and acquaint yourself with what each type is used for.

Regular condoms

Designed to offer the best fit for standard-sized gentlemen, regular condoms come in a variety of trusted brands. Their standard size, thickness, and ability to protect makes them the best condom for beginners. In general, the size of regular condoms measures 190mm in length and 54-66mm in width, to comfortably protect.

The average thickness of most condoms is around 70 microns, which provides protection without compromising on sensation. Our regular rubbers are snug enough for complete safety and sensation without causing any uncomfortable constriction.

Delay condoms

Delay condoms are the best condoms to last longer. Using a tiny amount of the light anesthetic benzocaine, they reduce sensitivity throughout the whole of the penis, effectively working to delay ejaculation.

They have exactly the same features as regular condoms, with reservoir and teat ends and an easy-on shape, but they’re often slightly thicker. This helps to reduce over-stimulation even further, keeping the pleasure going for longer.

Extra safe condoms

Ensure peace-of-mind during sex with extra safe condoms. Offering an increase in thickness and more lubrication, extra safe condoms are often used for anal sex, and provide even more safety without compromising on pleasure.

Oral sex condoms

Taking ‘getting fruity’ to a whole new level, you can transform your lover into an extra-tasty treat with flavored condoms. As well as being fun, using condoms during oral sex can help protect you from many orally-contracted STDs.

Covered with flavored lubes, flavored condoms come in a wide variety of tastes and scents, from fruity and sweet to fresh and minty.

Size appropriate condoms

Size definitely does matter, but only insofar as getting the best fitting condoms is concerned. If you’re bigger than average and find that regular-sized condoms don’t provide the comfort and fit you need, extra-large condoms are the perfect option for you.

Men come in all different shapes and sizes, and so do condoms. If you find that regular-sized condoms feel loose or uncomfortable during sex, discover the perfect fit with small condoms.

Offering a close snugness for great security, safety, and pleasure during lovemaking, small condoms can make a big difference.

Latex-free condoms

Non-latex condoms are a fantastic option for those with latex allergies. Made to the same high-quality standard as regular condoms, these clever creations use innovative materials including polyisoprene, polyurethane, and natural membrane to provide a more natural feeling.

Some people choose latex-free condoms because they prefer the sensation. Check out our guide explaining How to Use a Condom to guarantee maximum protection when the moment comes (ahem).

Textured condoms

Offering different textures to stimulate both partners during sex, textured condoms feature sensual dots, ribs, and beads to bring an extra exciting dimension to your pleasure.

With a large selection available from a wide range of trusted brands, make it your mission to discover why these condoms are perfect for both safe sex and great sex!

Extra sensitive condoms

Experience a closer feeling without compromising on safety with extra thin condoms. Designed to enhance your pleasure with a skin-on-skin feeling, the minimal thickness allows for greater intimacy between both partners during sex

Each sensitive condom is made to the same high specifications as regular condoms, offering both quality and security.

Female condoms

Perfect to be inserted hours before intercourse, a female condom is the best condom for women and allows you to carry on your evening adventures without interruption. They’re also a great alternative for those who don't enjoy the sensation of male condoms.

Condom FAQs

Q: Do condoms expire?

A: Yes. Each condom should have an expiry date on the packet. After the expiry date, condoms become a lot less effective, so be sure to check the packaging.

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