What Condom Should I Buy?

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If anything’s the bane of sex, it’s a less-than-average condom. It’s easy to gripe about condoms, how they’re inconvenient or they dull sensitivity, but the reality is they can be much more pleasurable than most people think. A recent study found that there was a direct link between the intensity of sexual pleasure and using the right condom. The Journal of Sexual Medicine analysed over 2000 men and concluded that those who had found a condom that worked for them, noted a dramatic increase of enjoyment in the bedroom.

Condom curious? For sex that’s satisfying and safe, here’s a guide to help you find the condom for you.

Condom Basics

Let’s get started with the basics. Condoms are used to prevent pregnancy and the spread of sexually transmitted infections. There are two main types of condoms: latex and polyurethane. Condoms come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and textures. They can be lubricated or non-lubricated. Some condoms also contain spermicide.

Find Your Size

Condoms are not one size fits all. The idea that all condoms are alike is the biggest condom myth, and a huge reason why so many people don’t like using them.

Not sure what size to buy? Lucky Bloke has developed a simple toilet paper roll strategy for sizing. Put your erect penis into an empty toilet paper roll. If there’s extra space, circumference-wise, look for condoms in the tight-fit category – about 35% of guys fit into this category. If the toilet paper roll fits just right, look for medium or standard size condoms, which 50% of men purchase. If it’s snug, you’re looking at large condoms.

Looking for some suggestions? We’re here to help!

Durex Invisible Extra Thin Condoms (£ 9.99, kinky.co.uk)

Durex invisible extra sensitive condoms are the thinnest ever developed by Durex. They are lightly lubricated, easy to put on and have a slightly wider tip for a better fit. The result? There’s a reason why this condom is consistently popular – it’s comfortable, feels natural and provides heightened sensitivity.

Skins Condoms Ultra Thin (£ 2.99, kinky.co.uk)

Feel even closer to your partner with the strong yet amazingly thin Skins Ultra Thin Condom. With all the characteristics of regular Skin condoms but even thinner wearing, a Skins Ultra Thin brings us as close to the real thing as wearing a second skin.

Non-latex Condoms

For those who are looking for a non-latex alternative; polyurethane is a comparatively new material for condoms. It’s stronger and thicker than latex, but don’t let this put you off. Despite being thicker, these condoms will work in harmony with your bodies’ temperature and heat up accordingly; resulting in a more natural feeling of skin to skin contact. There aren’t many brands which currently use this material, so prices are generally a little higher. These can be used with all types of lubricant.

Durex Latex Free (£ 12.99, kinky.co.uk)

Made with ultra smooth and long-lasting lubricant, these condoms guarantee longer, more intimate sex for both of you. If you’re looking for a natural feeling condom that will enhance the experience, look no further.

Textured Condoms

If you’re looking for something a little different; textured condoms are fun and can add a new sensation to your sex life. There are many variations from ribbed to studded, dotted or a combination of all three. These can be used to pleasure you and her and work as a kind of sex toy, stimulating you both in ways you can’t imagine.

Mates Skyn Intense Feel Condoms (9 7.99, kinky.co.uk)

For enhanced pleasure, look no further. The condom is made with premium latex for clarity and strength. With wave design texture and intensely raised dots. The dots are placed on the most sensitive areas to maximise stimulation and pleasure.

Durex Extended Pleasure 14 Pack (£ 12.99, kinky.co.uk)

This is a bit of a wild card, because you will either love it or hate it. It’s a thin, extra lubed condom for intense pleasure. The inside is coated with a lubrication that contains Benzocaine (Yep. The stuff that’s used in cough drops), which reduces skin sensitivity. “Why?” I hear you ask? Well, the idea behind it is that it will control your climax so that you won’t peak before your partner; resulting in long-lasting sex that will stimulate you both. The downside however is a reduction in sensation.

When it comes to choosing the right condom, it’s usually a process of trial and error. Many companies offer multi-packs, like Skins Condoms Assorted Pack (£2.99, kinky.co.uk), which allow you to try a few different types without having to splash too much cash. Talking to your partner before and after will enable you to find a condom that works for you both – it could lead to a better sex and open a whole new world of sexual pleasure.

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