There are many different types of condom to choose from including regular, larger, trim, stimulating and fun.
These are made from latex or polyurethane. They are an average length and width to suit most men and are straight sided with a round or teated end. Adult penis sizes do vary, but not by much. However, you may feel more comfortable with a larger or smaller condom.
These are condoms designed to fit a larger penis. They vary in shape and some are flared to improve comfort and to make them easier to put on.
Often known as trim condoms, small condoms are designed for a thinner or shorter penis.
Most ejaculation delayer condoms contain benzocaine. Benzocaine is a low strength local anaesthetic, similar to that used in throat lozenges. It is put in the condom lubricant or teat and works by temporarily numbing the nerve endings of the penis.
Heightened stimulation condoms
Some contain a special lubricant that creates a warm or tingling sensation for both partners. Others contain extra lubricant to increase sensation. All brands now have at least one style of condom that is textured – ribbed, dotted, and/or studded – which aims to increase sensation during sex.
Coloured, flavoured, glow-in-the-dark and novelty condoms are all aimed to make sex more fun. Check the packaging to make sure that they can be used to protect against pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.
These condoms are slightly thicker and sometimes have additional lubricant. They are usually made of latex. Strong condoms are not less likely to break.
These condoms are thinner than a regular condom, providing greater sensitivity for both partners.
In some condoms, the latex is free from animal products so they are suitable for vegans. See www.vegansociety.com for recommended brands.