Like almost everything to do with sex, finding the best condom is all about finding out what works best for you, and for your partner. If you’re the one wearing a condom, the best condom is probably going to be the one that fits you the best. If you’re on the receiving end, it’s the one that doesn’t interfere with your pleasure (or interferes the least). Here are some tips on finding the best condom for you and your partner.
The thinnest condom may not be best fitting condom.
Many people think that the best condom is the one that is thinnest, and therefore least noticeable. For years this was the approach of condom manufacturers, who tried to make condoms as thin as possible (yet still strong enough for the task at hand). But recently manufacturers have taken a different approach, creating condoms that are noticeable, but that provide extra pleasure through extra stimulation.
Sometimes it’s the width, not the length.
When most guys think about penis size, they focus on the length. But with condoms it can be the width that makes a big difference in comfort. Men that have wider than average penises often complain particularly about the ring at the base of a condom. If you know you’re a bit wide but aren’t longer, there are some brands that are wider but not longer. There are also brands that are only wider at the head.
Other times, it’s the length of the condom.
Most average condoms are almost seven and a half inches long, significantly longer than the average penis. But some men need a longer condom for a good fit. Most “large” style condoms are both a bit longer and a bit wider. Keep in mind though that using a condom that’s longer than you need can also be an issue. If there is still a lot of condom rolled up in the ring, it can feel snugger, and be more noticeable.
Experiment with different condom companies, not just different condom styles.
Each company uses a slightly different kind of latex, and each company’s condoms fit a little differently. Different brands within one company may be different in size and texture, but if it’s the kind of latex, or the overall fit that you don’t like, you’ll be better off trying a different company altogether.
Reacting to the condom you’re using
If a condom is irritating it may be a skin reaction. You may have a latex allergy, or a reaction to the kind of lubricant on the condom (if you’re using a pre-lubricated condom). If you’re concerned you might be allergic to latex condoms, you can experiment with non-latex condoms. If it’s not the latex, you might want to try a non-lubricated condom, and just add your own personal lubricant for increased sensitivity and to reduce breakage.
Test drive the extras.
Most condom brands will have styles that are ribbed, dotted, have spiral texture, flavors, and other extras. For the most part these extras aren’t that spectacularly different than the standard condom, but even the slightest variation might make for a better fit, making it worthwhile to experiment with some.
Avoid condoms with desensitizing ingredients.
Some companies make condoms with desensitizing cream in the lubricant. These condoms are designed to make you “last longer”. They numb the penis, reducing sensation. They will make the condom less noticeable, but they also make your penis less noticeable to you. I recommend avoiding any condom that actually reduces sexual sensation.