We could scare you into always wearing a condom with frightening STD stats, such as the fact that there are more than 50,000 new HIV infections every year in the United States. Or that most people with genital herpes—about one in every six people aged 14 to 49 years in the U.S. alone—don’t even know they have it, or that 1 in 15 sexually active females don’t know they have chlamydia. Are you familiar with incurable gonorrhea? Yeah, that shit is scary.
But, we won’t belabor the point. You’re smart enough to know this. Then why do you still bitch and moan when it comes time to wrap your willie?
We’ve heard your main problems with condoms—it doesn’t feel the same, there’s not enough friction, putting on a condom is a boner killer, it hurts my performance, blah blah blah. Well relax, we’ve got some fun ways to cover your stump before you hump.
The Problem: I can’t feel anything!
The Solution: Seek out a better extra-thin condom than what you’ve probably already tried, and consider a polyurethane prophylactic because they transmit body heat, which makes sex, well, hotter.
“One great thin option is Okamoto condoms,” says Matthew Mandell, owner of Condomania, which stocks over 150 different types of condoms. “You can barely feel it’s there and it’s still strong. They are .004, the thinnest the FDA allows.”
Or try the Aoni condom—which, as of 2013, holds the record of the “Thinnest Latex Condom” in the Guinness Book of World Records. You won’t find these at Walmart.
The Problem: There’s not enough friction!
The Solution: Look beyond the “ribbed for her pleasure” options and find a “ribbed for your pleasure” condom, which has ribs, bumps, or studs on the inside as well as the outside.
“A pleasure-shaped condom with an over-shaped head can also really add more friction,” says Mandell. ONE’s Pleasure Plus has superfine internal ribs. Lifestyles FUN BUMPS condoms feature a twist and raised studs. Trojan Twisted have a cool twist at the tip. And Durex Performa Intense feature ribs and bumps with a desensitizing lubricant to help you actually last longer.
Hear that? Makes. You. Last. Longer.
(Here are more ideas on how to delay an over-eager orgasm and Have Sex for an Hour.)
The Problem: I hate scrambling for a condom in the heat of passion!
The Solution: Then don’t. “Having to get out of bed to get a condom is the worst,” says sexologist Jill McDevitt, Ph.D in Human Sexuality. Keep condoms nearby for easy access, and that doesn’t just mean the bedroom. Stash them in every room in your house, including kitchen cabinets and living room end tables. (Worried about nosy roommates or visits from your mom? Just disguise them as tea bags.) Don’t give yourself an excuse to say, “Oh, I left them in the other room. But
I’m sure it’ll be fine if I go without it this one time.”
But what if you’re at her place? Storing condoms in your wallet could be dangerous “because of the temperature change,” McDevitt says. “Especially if it gets too hot, it could make the condom more likely to break.” There are a lot of condom cases available that will protect your condoms for as long as it takes, and they’re not as big or bulky (or obvious) as you’d think. Some of them are even kinda cool, like this one from Ramses, which looks like a vintage metal cigarette case.
The Problem: It doesn’t fit me right!
The Solution: Here’s where size matters—the size of your condom, that is. “Once you find the perfect fit of a condom, you will be more likely to want to use it each time,” says sexologist Emily Morse, Ph.D. and host of the Sex with Emily podcast. “Condoms have evolved so much, and it’s not one-size-fits-all anymore.”
There are many more options than just Magnums for the big boys, such as Snakeskin Brands’ Anacondom condoms, which have an inner circumference of 56mm. For smaller guys, seek out “snug fit” options.
Not sure if your penis is a Tall, Grande, or Venti? Don’t Goldilocks it, or you could have a mishap. CondomDepot offers instructions on how to properly measure your penis to get the perfect fit.
The Problem: It kills the mood!
The Solution: Variety is the spice of life, and having a wide array of cool condoms is the way to go. “You need to get more creative with your condom selections,” suggest McDevitt. “Shop with your girlfriend to choose some fun ones, like glow-in-the-dark or flavored.”
Don’t forget to be a little selfish when shopping for condoms. The mind you need to change about condoms isn’t necessarily hers, but yours. So look for things that will make the experience more fun for you. “Lube on the inside of the condom makes it a million times better for the guy,” says McDevitt. “Your woman can give you a bit of a hand job with the condom on you before rolling it down your penis.”
What the hell are you waiting for? Get condom shopping!
(Men’s Health Sex Professor Debby Herbenick reviews some of the top condom brands to help you decide Which Condom Is Best for You.)
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