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Is a very good question to ask when it comes to finding what is best for your pleasure and safety. Going magnum latex free condoms, you run the risk of it being too big and falling off at the wrong time, but if you choose a snugger fit it might break. So, not only does size matter, when it comes to fit, it also matters when considering safety, because the less you have to worry about, the more focused you can be on having great sex.
With variety available, choosing the right one can be a challenge. “For her pleasure”, “warming”, “ribbed”, ‘textured”, “magnum”, or “barely there”, all great slogan or selling features, but does nothing but muddy the waters when it comes to choosing which condoms are best for you.
When it comes to size, it really does matter, especially when it comes to safety. There have been studies that show that when a condom is too small, that men are twice as likely to remove it than men who have properly fitted condoms. Resulting a huge problem since going without a condoms increasing the risk for not only pregnancy but also sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). But wearing a too-snug or too-loose condoms risking a break or slip also raises these same risks.
When it comes to pleasure, men in the same study were almost twice as likely to say they lost an erection or found it difficult to climax with an ill-fitting condom on and they were also almost twice as likely to report that it was hard for their lady friend to orgasm too.
So it’s not an ego thing when a man buys magnum rubbers. Some men have thicker erections, and in these cases, the need for a larger size condom is very real. Otherwise, the painful and restrictive feeling of having their penis in a chokehold from a condom that’s too tight can be distracting, making it hard to keep an erection.
If a guy can’t feel much sensation at all, it may be that a condom is too loose. If this is the case or if average-sized rubbers feel too roomy condoms should be comfy overall but snug around the shaft to prevent slippage, Melissa White, CEO of online condom retailer LuckyBloke.com, recommends buying boxes labeled “snug” or “slim” fit. Smaller condoms are not always sold at conventional retailers, though, so if your local pharmacy doesn’t carry them, hit the Internet.
Almost 30% of women said they are unable to orgasm during intercourse. That’s probably the reason why many companies are selling condoms for “best condoms for her pleasure”. Ribbed, studded, and dotted condoms that have strategically placed bumps and ridges enhanced the sensation women feel during intercourse. Many women have reported that condoms made with women in mind, gives them a better experience and an overall feeling of being full.
Free-range, organic... condoms? They’re a thing now! As they well should be: We’re careful with our food, so why not our rubbers? Several brands, such as L. Condoms, Sir Richard’s, and Glyde, make condoms with chemical-, glycerin-, and paraben-free lubricants because these additives may have negative effects on sexual health.
Perhaps the best part about these condoms is that you can have your (vegan) cake and eat it too: All of the brands meet the FDA’s regulatory guidelines. In fact, they each use silicone-based lubes since the FDA has not yet approved condoms made with organic lubricants (it would degrade the latex). So you can feel safe during your, ahem, recreational activities, all the while doing good for your body and being kind to the (other) animals!
With extra room at the head, these love gloves guarantee there’s a place for semen to go, lowering the chance of a busted condom or slippage at climax. In addition to the special tip, comfort fit (a.k.a. “pleasure shaped”) condoms have a fitted base and an oversized head that gives a guy leverage to move around once he’s inside his partner, which can intensify sensation for him since the tip of his penis isn’t being constricted. Comfort fit condoms can be especially pleasurable for men who are uncircumcised, White adds. To get the full benefit, Britton suggests squeezing a drop of lube down into the tip before rolling it on, which will provide a squishy feeling that simulates being inside of a vagina with nothing on.
Spermicidal lubricant is the mother of all catch 22s: While it kills sperm on contact, offering added pregnancy prevention, the active ingredient (nonoxynol-9) can irritate a woman’s vulvar tissue and vaginal lining, ruining sex for her and causing micro tears that boost her risk of contracting HIV or other STIs, Britton says. And if you read the fine print on a box of these, it’ll say never to use a spermicidal condom more than once a day (there goes marathon sex sessions). Just about the only instance these are completely safe to use is if you’re in a monogamous relationship, neither partner has an STI, and you’re looking purely for contraception.
About a third of men report coming too soon at least once in their lives, so of course there are condoms that aim to help guys last longer. But these aren’t without some caveats: First, the inside of climax control condoms are coated with a mild numbing ingredient (typically benzocaine or lidocaine) that can ironically (or some might say cruelly) cause some men to go limp by preventing sensation. Second, if the numbing agent gets on the woman’s vulva - which can easily happen if a guy gets it on his fingers when donning the condom and then puts his fingers inside of her later - she may end up feeling numb.
While White says these may be a good pick for a guy who typically ejaculates prematurely or before his partner, most men don’t need added control since a regular condom already constricts blood flow to the penis, which delays ejaculation.
The American Latex Allergy Association reports that about 3 million people in the U.S. (less than 1 percent of the population) are allergic to latex. So yes, latex allergies are rare—but they’re also serious business. Reactions can range from a mild rash to total whole-body allergic reaction, which can be life-threatening.
If you notice redness, a rash, itchiness, and/or irritation either on your genitals or anywhere else on your body after contact with a latex condom, you may be allergic, says Lauren Streicher, M.D., author of Sex Rx: Hormones, Health, and Your Best Sex Ever. She recommends getting busy with a non-latex condom such as one made with polyisoprene and polyurethane (which perform just as well as latex and hold up to all types of intercourse) to see if your symptoms abate. If they do, you likely are latex allergic, but if you’re still irritated, it may be the spermicide or lubricant on the condom that’s the culprit, Streicher says. Lambskin may be also an option if you’re in a monogamous relationship and need to avoid latex; these allow for greater sensation but they offer zero protection against STIs, which means it’s just like going bare, safety-wise.
So, the what are best type of condoms comes down to what you and your partner like, and some sexy trial and error is really the only way to find out.