If you’ve ever gone condom shopping, you might have been surprised to find out just how many options there are. In most stores, there is a proper aisle dedicated to them. And it’s filled with all of these different types of condoms that you probably never considered. And there are even more niche (read: totally random) condoms you can find online.
Thing go far beyond traditional condoms and female condoms which makes running in to buy condoms so you can go and practice safe sex with bae take a lot longer than a quick dash to the store. Suddenly, you find yourself wondering, “What type of material should I get?” “Do I need a textured one?” “And what about those flavored ones?”
To save you the 15 minutes of contemplation in the store, I’ve listed the common types of condoms and what type of situation they’re best for so you really can run to the shop and get back to your SO in a flash.
Latex CondomsLatex condoms are probably the most common option and what we think of when we think of condoms. They're effective at preventing the spread of STDs and stopping pregnancy. Plus, there are a lot of different options in the category. i.e. lubricated, sensitive, ribbed. If you have a well-endowed guy, latex condoms are a good option becausey the stretch. Just be aware of the lube you're using with them. Silicone and water-based products are okay, but oils can ruin the latex. Lifestyles Latex Condoms Lubricated Condoms, $6.02, Amazon
Non-Latex CondomsDo you or bae have a latex allergy? That doesn't mean you can get away with not using condoms. There are lots of other condom options out there. Polyurethane or polysioprene materials are common ones you will find. Helpfully, most of the condoms are labeled *non-latex* on the box in big, fat letters. LifeStyles SKYN Lubricated Non-Latex Condoms, $5.88, Amazon
Spermicide CondomsAs you have probably guessed from the name, spermicide condoms are in fact coated with a special lube that helps to kill sperm. You might like the idea of the double protection, but you should be careful if you're sensitive down there because the chemicals can cause issues. Trojan ENZ Spermicidal Condoms, $5.98, Amazon
Ultra-Thin CondomsThere are different thicknesses to condoms. When you look at the numbers, there really doesn't seem like there is much difference, but some guys do notice a difference when they're wearing them. Reports also show that a thinner condom can be just as effective at preventing pregnancy as a thicker one. Trojan Ultra-Thin Latex Condoms, $11.58, Amazon
Hot and Cold CondomsWe've talked about the different hot and cold lubes you can get, but you can also get condom versions, too. They help enhance the pleasure during sex, but some people might not be into the different temperature changes. You'll also want to be careful if you're sensitive down there because the chemicals that cause the sensation could irritate your vag. Trojan Pleasures Fire and Ice Dual Action Lubricant Latex Condoms, $7.47, Amazon
Female CondomsI mentioned these in the beginning. Female condoms are good because they put you in control of the situation. The downside is that they're less effective and more expensive than traditional condoms. Some people also aren't fans of them because of their large size and less-than-pretty look, and the fact that they can be noisy during sex. FC2 Female Condoms, $35, Amazon
Lambskin CondomI don't want to freak you out, but lambskin isn't some brand name. The condoms are actually made of lambskin. Therefore, they probably won't appeal to animal lovers, vegans, and veggies. You'll also want to be careful with them because they are slightly less effective at preventing pregnancy and they do not protect against STDs. Trojan NaturaLamb Condoms, $30.98, Condom Depot
Patterned And Colored CondomsWhy have a plain condom when you can have a colored one? Or better yet, have one decorated with smiley faces, flowers, Superman, or whatever. These condoms actually do exist. Just be aware of the material they're made out of and that you're buying them from a reputable source. Protection is still more important than a kooky design. Obviously. Fantasy Random Colors, $5.99, Condom Depot
Ribbed CondomsThere are a few different names for this one including stimulating, studded, textured, and dotted condoms. They all mean that the condom has some sort of embossing on it to up the intensity during penetration. It's a good idea in theory, but some people actually do not like the feel. You can try testing out a few different brands and styles to see if there is one you like. Trojan Stimulations Ultra Ribbed Lubricated Condoms, $14.47, Amazon
Flavored CondomsFlavored condoms are obviously geared towards oral sex, because what is the point of having a flavored condom and putting it up your vag? You'd be surprised the flavors you can get. Strawberry, banana, and chocolate are common, but there are even chili and bacon ones. FYI: Don't expect them to taste as good as the real foods. They often have an artificial aftertaste when you lick and suck them. After all, they are condoms. ONE Flavor Waves Condoms, $3.99, Condom Depot
Do you find all of the different types of condoms confusing? Let us know in the comments!
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