Saturday, April 16, 2011

"What Is The Best Condom?" The Qestion Should Be: "What is The Best Condom For You And Your Partner?"

We get asked this question all the time "What's the best condom?" and we always have the same response... You should be asking "What is the best condom for me and my partner?" since we are all made up differently both physically and mentally. Ribs, studs, textures and enhancement gels may hit the oh so important sweet spots with one couple and completely fall flat with another. The long and the short of it so to speak is that if you don't like the feeling of condoms, then you just may not have tried enough out to find the one that is best for you and our partner.

We put together below some important questions to help you decide which features are most important to you and your partner to help you through the maze of choices available (and there are a lot these days!) If you either don't have time to read below or just want to try them all out, then we recommend you try our Ultimate Condom Sampler 100 Pack with over 50 different types of condoms including thin, sensitive, lubricated, ribbed, studded, stimulating/enhancing, desensitizing, non-latex and shaped condoms. There's one in there to fit every mood!

Snug, loose fitting or Shaped?
When we are talking about snug or large we are generally speaking about the width of the condom and we need to talk about safety first when we address this feature since we want to be sure it's not so snug that you risk breakage and not too loose where you risk it slipping off. That being said, many men prefer the feeling of a more tightly forming condom while others get pleasure from the movement inside the condom when it's looser fitting. A good example of this is the shaped condom which maintains the safety by tightly fitting at the base, then provides the extra room at the top to increase the friction inside the condom. It's sort of like an artificial skin which can provide a similar feeling to an uncircumcised penis for those of you who are. If you or your partner is of significant size, remember that most condoms will fit almost any girth. If you've ever seen a video on YouTube of someone blowing up a condom on their head you will know what I'm talking about.

Ribbed or Studded?
Ribs and studs can provide a little extra friction, but don't be too intimidated by these since most a just a little thicker than a human hair when compressed down. It's more marketing hype than anything else with names like "Intense Ribbed" or "Rough Rider" it's easy to get a little nervous about how they will feel, but the lubrication which nearly all have will provide a smooth feel with a touch more friction for added sensation. The ribs vs. studs is more of a personal preference and we encourage you to try both.

Stimulation or Desensitizing?
Warming Condoms use lubrication with elements found in every day food such as chilli peppers called capsaicin to mimic the natural heating up during sexual excitement and Desensitizing Condoms typically use benzocaine which can be found in over the counter products as a topical numbing agent. Warming condoms can get you in the mood faster while desensitizing condoms can help you last longer.

Latex or Not?
Some people just don't like the feel of latex while others may have an allergic reaction to it. In the past, there were not many options available especially if you wanted STI protection since Natural Lamb was the primary choice which has a natural membrane that viruses can pass through. New condom technology and manufacturing processes are available to help people with latex allergies which are FDA approved to prevent both STD's and pregnancy. These new condoms are made of polyurethane and polyisoprene for those with a latex allergy.

If you have more questions, try our Condom Helper and keep trying until you find the best condom for you!

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