Quick Guide To Choosing A Condom! / by Dr. Natalia P Zhikhareva


“Use a condom,” we are told - from High School sex education class to the discussion with parents.   Everyone told us to use condoms; very few taught how to choose condoms! 

Not all condoms are created equal.  The generic notion ‘one-size-fits-all’ no longer exists.  Today, condoms come in a mind-boggling variety due to the recent advances in condom technology.  If you aren’t making the connection between condoms and pleasure, you're knowledge on condoms is long overdue!

Condom quality and fit are as essential as any other apparel!  Choosing the right condom is like choosing a running shoe.  You can pick one quickly and it’ll get you to the finish line just fine.  But take the time to consider the right size, fit, support, traction, and design – and you’ll enjoy the race a whole lot more.

If you don't know the difference between ribbed, ultra-thin, and her pleasure – read up and find the right rubber for you!


Condoms come in a variety of sizes for a reason.  Don’t let illusion of ‘one-size-fits-all’ get in your way of great sex.  A 2010 study from The Kinsey Institute for Research found that ill-fitted condoms double risk of losing an erection, increase difficulty in reaching orgasm, add a chance of condom breaking or slipping – lowering the contraceptive effectiveness. 

Sampling variety of sizes is the best way to find the right fit.  If the condom slips off or feels too loose – you probably benefit from a smaller size.  If you have a history of broken condoms – consider going up in size.  In any case, trying is the key!


If used correctly, these are proven to provide protection against pregnancy and STDs.  Considered one of the most effective and durable condoms.  Here is the catch – about 5 to 7 percent of people are allergic to latex.  If you are one of them, opt for latex free to avoid itching and burning sensation.  Example: Trojan Non-Lubricated.


Looking for that ‘skin to skin’ feeling?  The thinner shelter means more pleasure closer to a condom-free feel.  If you’re concern is protection – don’t! – all rubbers go through the same rigorous testing.  Thinner doesn't mean less protection but does mean – more pleasure!  Example: Okamoto .004


OH yeah!  Condoms can intensify pleasure!  Ribbed and studded condoms add titillating texture – specifically designed to increase an orgasm.  Remember, not everyone will find the texture pleasurable – so – be considerate.  Warming and cooling condoms add a ‘tingle’ sensation.  While the flavored condoms are great for blow-jobs.  Example: Trustex Flavored Condoms and Rough Rider Studded.


These are made of – you guessed – lambskin instead of latex or plastic.  Highly popular due to ultra-enhanced sensitivity, durability, and latex-free.  Drawbacks; the smell might get used to and while they do prevent pregnancy, lambskin don’t protect against STDs.  Example: Trojan’s Naturalamb Luxury.


Want to stop those swimmers?  Spermicide condoms help prevent pregnancy by stopping swimmers in their tracks.  Note; the chemical can cause irritation if used more than once a day.  While it can help prevent pregnancy, it doesn’t protect against HIV or STDs.  Example: Trojan Enz Spermicidal Lubricated Premium Latex.


Latex-free aka polyisoprene condoms provide great alternative for people and their partners with latex sensitivities.  These also have no latex odor or taste!  Example: Lifestyles Skyn

Still can’t decide?  Try a variety pack.  It’s a perfect way to try something new!  Example: ONE Mixed Pleasures.


Kinsey Today.  New Research Highlights form the Institute.  When Couples Talk About Sexual Matters.  Winter 2010.  http://www.kinseyinstitute.org/newsletter/win2010/researchwin2010.html

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