Condoms come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colours and flavours. All of these differences are designed to suit different personal preferences and needs, as well as to enhance pleasure.
It’s up to you which condoms you choose to use. The most important thing is that your condom should be a good fit and feel comfortable and secure, giving you peace of mind and freeing you to fully enjoy your sexual experiences.
Each condom we sell has a full description to help you choose. And if you still can’t decide, please contact us.
Like men, penises come in different shapes — and so do condoms. Most have straight sides, with a reservoir (or teat) at the end to collect the semen.
But some men are a little bigger at the head, so some condoms are ‘flared’ to accommodate this (Try Mates Natural).
And some condoms are slightly indented below the head, to hug the contours of the penis more closely. (Try Pasante Trim)
Different manufacturers make their condoms slightly differently. There is no standard length for condoms, but those made from natural latex will usually stretch to fit lengthways. However, extra-long condoms are available too. (Try Pasante King Size).
There is a standard width for condoms, which fits most men (Try Mates Natural or Pasante Naturelle). But when research was conducted into how well condoms fitted, 35% of men reported that standard condoms didn’t fit them well, with some saying they were ‘too tight’, and some saying they were ‘too loose’.
All condoms have to meet certain safety standards. All condoms marked with the British or European safety standard mark are safe to use for oral, vaginal or anal sex — no matter how thick or thin they are, they should not break if used correctly (see ‘how to use a condom correctly’)
But, as with most things, there are personal preferences around condom thickness too. Some people want the very thinnest of barriers (try Durex Elite or Mates Ultra Thin), and others the extra peace of mind they feel when wearing a thicker condom (tryMates Protector). Durex Extra Safe, however, offers extra reassurance not through added thickness, but through extra lubrication.
There are many, many different ways in which manufacturers have tried to enhance sexual pleasure through condom design. Often, they do this by texturing the condom surface with ribs or raised bumps or by altering the shape of the head of the condom with added whorls and protrusions.
Then there are flavours, and colours… the choice is very wide. However, some novelty condoms do not carry safety standard assurance marks and are not safe to use as contraceptives.
☼ Remember, ALL the condoms sold by Freedoms Shop carry both British and European safety standard marks, and are suitable for any type of sex.
usually made from either:
- Latex: a kind of natural rubber. Most condoms sold are made of latex.
- Non-Latex: a type of plastic. These are good for those who are allergic to latex. Try Durex Avanti Ultima, Mates Skyn or Pasante Unique.