Condoms: our guide

Condoms can offer extremely good protection from unplanned pregnancies and many sexually transmitted infections so you can focus on enjoying pleasurable sex. However, condoms can also enhance your sex life by helping, delaying or speeding up orgasm and providing extra stimulation with different shapes, sizes, dots, ribs and lubricants.

So, what are condoms?

Condoms are worn on the penis to prevent semen from travelling any further than the inside of the condom, and to help block the potential swapping of many sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). They come in forms such as thin, thick or ribbed (depending on the material) and they are designed to fit a variety of sizes and shapes. Condoms are usually made of latex, but they can also be made of polyisoprene – a non-latex material, usually preferred by people who have allergies to latex.

Protection from pregnancy

Condoms are designed to help avoid unplanned pregnancy by preventing semen from entering the vagina. Condoms are extremely effective: with perfect use[1] the risk of accidental pregnancy is cut to approximately 2%, so you know that there’s little to worry about when you’re getting down to it.

Protection from infection

Using condoms massively reduces your risks of getting (or giving someone) a sexually-transmitted disease. As most STDs are symptomless it's often impossible to tell whether someone has an infection unless you get tested. So, the more you use condoms, the safer you are.

Condom safety

Despite being very thin (Durex’s thickest condom is less than a tenth of a millimeter thick, condoms are very, very strong. Every Durex® condom is electronically tested, and we subject our condoms to regular and rigorous batch tests. We take condoms out of batches, inflate them with air and fill them with water to see if a batch meets our high expectations, as well as the standards set by Health Canada[2]. We go the extra mile so you can just focus on great sex.

Should I use one?

Yes. If you're going to have intercourse or close genital contact, they're a very smart idea. While condoms are designed to help prevent infections and pregnancies, they can also help you to have great sex. Talking about which kind of condoms you want to use can open up the conversation about what else you both like.

A ribbed or warming condom could provide an extra level of sensation. A thin-feel condom could bring you and your partner that much closer together. And a delaying condom can help prolong intercourse. If you want to get started, take a look at the Durex product range to get an idea of what you might like to try.