Beginner’s Guide to Condoms
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 diseases (STIs).
In this day and age, with so many different colours, textures and varieties of condoms available, there is no excuse for not protecting yourself and your lover, and even enhancing your play!
There are condoms for everyone: flavoured, extra safe, delay varieties and non-latex for anyone with an allergy to the standard latex, even ones that glow in the dark. Read on for the Lovehoney lowdown.
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Why do people use them?
Choosing the right condom can make a world of difference to you and your partner’s pleasure and sexual health. Learn more about condoms here.
- Protect against unwanted pregnancy.
- Protect against sexually transmitted diseases.
- For extra peace of mind.
- Enhance play with textures and/or flavours.
- Revolutionise and optimise sexual happiness.
Different types of condoms
Designed to offer the best fit for standard-sized gentlemen, regular condoms come in a variety of trusted brands. In general, regular condoms measure 190mm in length and 54-66mm in width, to comfortably protect.
The average thickness is around 70 microns, which provides protection without compromising on sensation. Our regular ‘raincoats' are snug enough for complete safety and sensation but without causing any uncomfortable constriction.
Delay condoms are a great way to prolong pleasure. 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 the connotations of ‘getting fruity’ to a whole new level, you can transform your lover into an extra-tasty treat with flavoured condoms from trusted brands to enhance the delicious fun and good sexual health pracitces of oral sex.
Covered with flavoured lubes, flavoured 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.
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.
Often 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).
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.
Perfect to be inserted hours before intercourse, female condoms allow you to carry on your evening adventures without interruption, and are a great alternative for those who don't enjoy the sensation of male condoms.