101 Advice on Condoms & Safer Sex

Bodyjoys’ beginner’s guide to condoms

It pays to play safe! Condoms are the ultimate sex essential to keep you and your partner healthy and safe from unwanted surprises after enjoying sex together.

To those who don’t like them – condoms don’t have to obstruct or interrupt your sexual pleasure. Condoms can be fun and may even add to your pleasure.

We created this guide with the aim of everybody having the best and safest possible experience with condoms. One can easily be bamboozled by the variety available, but we can help you figure out which one works best for you.

What is a condom?

Condoms are sheath-shaped barrier devices designed to block semen and other bodily fluids from entering your partner’s body during penetration. If used correctly, they can also prevent pregnancy and protect against sexually transmitted infections (STDs/STIs) during vaginal, anal and oral sex.

In this guide, we focus on the male condom, or external condom, which is worn on the penis and is the most common type of condom. Female condoms, or internal condoms, which are worn inside the vagina, are also available.

Nowadays, condoms are mostly made from very thin latex rubber, or from polyisoprene or polyurethane in the case of latex-free condoms. The original condoms, thought to have been made at least several centuries ago, were made of animal intestines and special linens, with rubber becoming more popular in the mid-18th century. Latex condoms have been around since the 1920s.

Condoms come in a variety of different materials and styles:

  • Latex condoms
  • Non-latex condoms for those with latex allergies, or natural-feel-aficionados
  • Performance-enhancing ribbed and dotted condoms
  • Flavoured condoms for oral play
  • Tingling and warming condoms for heightened sensation
  • Delay condoms to help you last longer before ejaculating

What are the benefits (and pleasures) of using a condom?

Besides the practical factors, condoms can be good fun and add extra stimulation to your play, hence there are plenty of good reasons to use them:

  • Reliable and effective method of contraception, if used properly and consistently
  • Effective in protecting both partners from sexually transmitted infections
  • Easy to use, easy to access
  • Some penis-owners reportedly last longer when using condoms
  • Putting on a condom can be fun, especially if your partner does it for you
  • Many use condoms during anal sex for hygiene reasons
  • Low cost method of contraception
  • Enhanced sensation and fun with ribbed, dotted, flavoured, tingling, or warming condoms

How to put on a condom

Simple stuff, but do make sure the condom fits and you put it on correctly. If there is air in the tip, or it isn’t on all the way, it can slip off during sex, and we’re sure that’s not the kind of bedroom surprise you had in mind:

  • Be careful when taking the condom out of the packet and make sure you don’t damage it with jewellery, fingernails or your teeth
  • Put the condom over the tip of your penis and use your thumb and forefinger to squeeze the air out of the closed end of the condom to make space for the sperm
  • Then roll the condom down to the base of the erect penis – done!

Which condom size is right for me?

Just like penises, condoms come in different shapes and sizes, so make sure you choose a condom that fits well – not just for safety, but to maximise sensation as well. Note that condom size is all about girth, the length doesn’t matter (for once!).

Typically, you can choose from a range of small, regular, large and even extra-large condoms, but some also come with much more exact measurements – bespoke condoms if you like! Just check the packaging of different brands before making your pick.

How safe are condoms?

All condoms are thoroughly tested by the manufacturer, so once they arrive in your hands they have been quality checked. However, in order to use them safely and effectively, you should consider a few things.

Condoms are very robust and stretch well but they may split or tear if not used with care. After ejaculation, hold the condom firmly at the base of the penis, and remove it before the penis goes soft. When removing the condom, take care not to spill any semen.

All condoms are single-use only and you must use a new condom each time you have sex. Keep condoms safely stored and always check the use-by date on the packaging as the latex can degrade past that date. If you want to stock up, check out our bulk and assorted condoms range.

Condoms have basically no side effects unless you have a latex allergy. In this case, choose latex-free condoms as an alternative, and you won’t have any problems.

Please also note that layering two condoms on top of each other is not safer! Due to the resulting rubber on rubber friction, it actually has the opposite effect.

Which lube should I use with condoms?

Condoms already come lubricated to make them easier to put on and use. However, you may like to add a small dot of extra lube inside the condom to enhance sensation. We would advise you to use plenty of additional lube externally for anal sex to reduce the risk of the condom splitting.

You can use pretty much any lube with all common condoms but avoid oil-based products. Oil-based products (i.e. oil-based lube, moisturisers, lotions, massage oil, Vaseline), can degrade condoms made of latex or polyisoprene. You can use them safely with polyurethane condoms, however, always check the label.

When in doubt about the material of the condom, simply use water-based lube and you will be fine, or check our collection of condom-friendly lubes.

Introduction to the most popular types of condoms – overview

Most popular condoms – Regular Condoms

Regular condoms are designed to offer a snug fit on standard-sized penises. Our product range covers the world’s best known and most reliable condom brands such as Durex, EXS, Skins, and many more.

Attributes and benefits of regular condoms:

  • A balance of comfort, durability and reliability to give you peace of mind without skimping on sensation during sex
  • They feel very natural on your skin and, as always, some extra glide will do the magic in enhancing your sexual pleasure even further

Browse our full range of regular condoms.

If you simply want to buy a trusted product, consider the Skins Condoms Natural 12 Pack (see picture).

Most popular condoms – Extra Thin Condoms

Enjoy extra close and intimate sex with your partner with extra thin condoms that feel more like skin-to-skin contact.

Attributes and benefits of extra thin condoms:

  • With a more natural and pleasurable feel, you hardly sense that you are wearing a condom
  • Enhanced pleasure without compromising on protection
  • Extra thin condoms are produced to the same high-quality requirements as regular condoms and offer the same level of safety

Shop our whole range of exciting extra thin condoms.

Not sure which to choose? We recommend the EXS Air Thin Condoms 12 Pack (see picture)?

Most popular condoms – Ribbed & Dotted Pleasure Condoms

Ribbed and dotted condoms are specially designed to enhance pleasure and sensation between the sheets. Who thought a few small touches could make such a difference to the condom experience?

Attributes and benefits of ribbed and dotted condoms:

  • Textured condoms heighten you and your partner’s lust levels and provide extra stimulation during intercourse
  • Some textured condoms in our range are lubricated with a stimulating gel to increase arousal with warming or tingling sensations

Check out our full range of sensual ribbed and pleasure condoms to add some extra excitement to your play.

Looking for textured condoms from a trusted brand? Check out the EXS Comfy Fit Ribbed And Dotted Condoms 12 Pack (see picture).

Most popular condoms – Durex Condoms

Durex has been making condoms for many decades and is one of the most trusted brands for better sex essentials worldwide.

Attributes and benefits of Durex condoms:

  • Durex condoms are incredibly reliable and safe, being electronically tested for holes and dermatologically tested for comfort
  • Durex offers a vast range with something for everybody: intense, invisible, pleasure me, extra safe, mutual climax, thin feel, XL power and many more

Shop the full range of reliable Durex condoms.

Want to opt for the Durex classic all-rounder? The go for the Durex Pleasure Me Condoms Ribbed And Dotted 12 Pack (see picture).

Most popular condoms – Flavoured Condoms

Flavoured condoms are a fantastic way to enjoy tasty foreplay and add a sensual extra to oral sex. From strawberry to minty, these condoms offer something for every palate.

Attributes and benefits of flavoured condoms:

  • Using flavoured condoms can increase you and your partner’s arousal and further enhance intimacy
  • Keep you and your partner safe during oral play and intercourse
  • Many users pair flavoured condoms with flavoured lubes – check them out too!

Take a look at our assortment of flavoured condoms.

If you have more of a fruity palate, why not try the Skins Condoms Flavoured 12 Pack (see picture)?

Most popular condoms – Extra-Large Condoms

Penises come in all shapes and sizes, and larger than average penises need an XL jacket to accommodate the extra length and girth and ensure a snug fit.

Attributes and benefits of extra-large condoms:

  • Extra-large condoms give you the comfort and fit required for pleasurable intercourse
  • XL condoms are made to the same high specifications as normal condoms
  • To enhance both you and your partner’s comfort and sensual pleasure, we recommend keeping things wet and slippery with one of our high-quality lubes

Shop our range of extra-large condoms.

Need help deciding? You can’t go wrong with the EXS Magnum Large Condoms 12 Pack (see picture).

Most popular condoms – Extra Safe Condoms

Extra safe condoms are slightly thicker and come with more lubrication than regular condoms for enhanced durability and protection.

Attributes and benefits of extra safe condoms:

  • These condoms give you great peace of mind during lovemaking, leaving you free to enjoy intimacy with your partner to the fullest
  • The increased thickness and extra glide make these condoms particularly well-suited to anal play (new to anal or tempted to try it? Check out our anal sex guide)
  • For the most sensual and safest experience, keep things wet and slippery with high-quality lube

Shop our full range of extra safe condoms, or head straight for the Lelo Hex Original Condoms 3 Pack (see picture).

Most popular condoms – Small Condoms

Our range of condoms covers all configurations to cover all penis sizes. If regular condoms don’t give you the comfort or snug fit desired, these condoms may be the solution you’re looking for.

Attributes and benefits of small condoms:

  • The snugness of a smaller condom gives you peace of mind and improves both safety and sensation, ensuring an enhanced lovemaking experience with your partner

Browse our full range of small condoms.

Can we help you choose? If you ask us, we recommend the Mister Size 47mm Your Size Pure Feel Condoms 10 Pack (see picture).

Most popular condoms – Latex-Free Condoms

Latex-free condoms are perfect for people with latex allergies but also anyone who wants a more natural and sensual feel than what standard latex condoms provide.

Attributes and benefits of non-latex condoms:

  • A fantastic safe-sex alternative for those with a known or suspected latex allergy
  • Designed with smooth, extra thin materials that feel like natural skin-on-skin sex, heightening intimate satisfaction and providing better sensation than latex condoms

Shop our full range of latex-free condoms; for a classic from Skyn, opt for the Original Latex-Free Condoms that offer the most natural feel (see picture).

And if you want to learn more, check out our latex-free condoms guide.

Most popular condoms – Delay Condoms

Delay condoms often contain a mild anaesthetic, which gently numbs the glans to reduce penis sensitivity, which in turn can help delay ejaculation.

Attributes and benefits of delay condoms:

  • Delay condoms may allow you to enjoy longer lasting sex session with your partner
  • These condoms are a safe and suitable alternative to delay sprays

Browse our whole range of delay condoms.