- Many guys complain that condoms reduce pleasure and sensitivity, but there are plenty of options to enhance pleasure.
- No matter what condom you buy, how it fits is the most important factor
Guys often complain that condoms don't let them feel anything during sex. But if you're convinced that wearing a condom sucks, it may be time to invest in a different type of condom, says sex therapist Ian Kerner, PhD, author of She Comes First: The Thinking Man's Guide to Pleasuring a Woman .
According to Kerner, there are three factors every guy should consider when buying condoms: finding a rubber that fits well, thickness, and texture.
A snug condom is as important in maximizing pleasure as it is in protecting against sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy. Too-tight or loose condoms can tear, slide off, or cause guys to lose their erections, according to a 2015 study published in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections .
Kerner advises guys to experiment by trying on different condom sizes. For a precise fit, measure the thickest part of your penis when erect. The most important measurement is girth, not length .
And choosing ultra-thin or ribbed condoms not only protect against STIs and unwanted pregnancy, but they'll increase stimulation and make you feel like theres less material separating you from your partner.
Skip the guesswork out of buying the perfect condom by browsing these top 10 picks:
Best condoms for oral sex
Looking for a condom that doesn't taste downright gross? SKYN doesn't contain Nonoxynol-9 , a spermicide that tastes pretty unpleasant. Inspired by fruity cocktails, this pack includes Pina Colada and Daiquiri flavored rubbers.
Best selling condom
Trojan's Ultra Thin condom is listed as Amazon's number one selling rubber. One reviwer describes them as, " Snug, very thin, didnt break, great value! "
Best customized fitting condom
Finding a condom that fits is important for effectiveness and pleasure. For a customized fit, try MyOne, which come in 60 different sizes.
Best condom to last longer
Prolong your pleasure with these Durex rubbers that include climax control lubricant. As one Amazon reviewer says, "I was pleasantly surprised with these, the lubricant is a little glob inside the balloon tip of the condom. Once it heats up it melts and spreads over the head. You still have good sensation, and the numbing lube prolongs this enough for Her to get going. my new choice of condom."
Best condoms for her pleasure
These ribbed condoms promise to heighten her pleasure while being comfortable for you.
Best condom for his pleasure
This condom includes lube that contains L-arginine, which aims to heighten sensation.
Best condoms for latex allergies
Made with the company's SKYNFEEL material, these promise to be soft, comfortable and barely noticeable. According to one Amazon reviewer, these condoms are a "life changer."
Best condoms for bigger penises
If standard condoms don't fit, try these XL rubbers which measure 8.8 x 4.24 in circumference. They're perfect for guys who are thicker and longer than average.
Best condoms for smaller penises
These slim fit condoms are a good pick for men who are a little thinner than average or prefer a snug fit.
Best variety pack condoms
Looking to keep your partner guessing? This variety pack includes a variety of texture and ribbed condoms for extra pleasure.