Condoms: choosing the one for you

Many people have a favourite type of condom. For some, a feeling of safety is paramount. Others want something thinner to help feel closer, while others love the feeling of a ribbed or dotted condom for heightened sensation. We may all have our favourite, but it’s also fun to experiment and try something new, while also feeling safe in the knowledge that condoms are helping to provide protection from the risk of pregnancy or sexually-transmitted infections.

Different condoms can completely transform your sexual experience, whether it’s creating intense sex and new sensations, allowing you to feel comfortable and free, or providing new experiences to help bring you closer together as a couple. And for you, maybe it will be all of the above!

Remember, what works for you may not work between you and your partner. Condoms come in different shapes, thicknesses, widths, materials, textures, and with different lubes. To guide you, here are six sexual moods that might inspire you – with the right condoms to fit the situation.


For a feeling of deep connection and real intense contact, a thinner condom can make all the difference. Durex® produces four thin condoms: RealFeel™, Love™, Sensi-Thin® and Avanti Bare® Latex. These help you feel every movement, every twitch, and every sensation.


As well as making oral sex safer, flavoured condoms also make it more fun! The Durex® Tropical® condoms are flavoured with banana, strawberry and orange for adding some taste to oral.


Ribbed condoms can add an intensity for both parties as the dots and ribs stimulate areas in new and exciting ways. The different texture provided by these condoms can feel as exciting as a sex toy. These dots and ribs can come in a number of different patterns; Durex® produces the dotted Intense Sensation, and the PleasureMax® which combines dotted and ribbed textures for dual pleasure.


Most condoms come lubricated, which is essential in helping to prevent rips and breaks in the condom but also helps the two of you move together. If you’re feeling like you want to share a new experience, these lubricants can also provide added sensations. The Durex® Performax® Mutual Climax is coated inside and out with a special heat-activated lubricant to help prolong sexual performance and bring you closer as a couple.