When it comes to some late-night (or early morning!) fun, you always need to make sure that you are safe.
Condoms offer one of the most effective forms of protection as they not only prevent unwanted pregnancies, but they also guard against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
It is easy to think of condoms as a one-trick pony, but there are actually a number of different types of condom out there for you to choose from.
Here, we explain more about the different kinds of condoms available and how to choose the right one for you and your partner:
1. Thin condoms
There was a time where condoms were not considered a popular option, simply due to the way they felt.
Many men and women found them too thick and unnatural, which detracted from the experience.
These days, condoms have been developed to be much thinner, in order to give them a more natural sensation.
These thin feel condoms are just as effective as other types, as long as they are used properly.
The Hanx range includes ultra-thin condoms, which use 100% natural latex and help to create that real feeling, so that you can hardly tell it is there at all.
2. Latex free condoms
The most common type of condom is made from latex. However, a number of people may find that they are allergic to this material or have sensitivities to it.
Therefore, there are now a wide range of latex-free condoms on the market made from materials such as plastic or lambskin.
The most common types of latex free protection are polyurethane condoms which are often thin, and like other latex condoms, they are 98% effective.1
Plastic condoms offer the same protection as latex but without the negative reactions, whilst lambskin condoms only prevent pregnancy.
This is due to the fact that they are made from lamb intestines, which have tiny openings and so do not protect against STDs.
3. Lubricated condoms
Many condoms now include a form of lubrication to make sex more comfortable and to help avoid the condom tearing.
This thin coating of lube around the condom means you may not need to use any additional forms of lubrication.
But if you do, stick to water-based types rather than oil-based, as these will not damage the condom itself.
4. Spermicide condoms
Spermicide is a chemical which kills sperm and some condoms are coated in it.2
Whilst it sounds like this might double your protection against pregnancy, there are actually only very small amounts used, so the effect is minimal. And they do not protect against STIs.
5. Vegan condoms
The latex used in the manufacture of condoms comes from the rubber tree, but the milk-protein ingredients used to soften it are not vegan.
There are now vegan condoms which contain only plant-based and sustainable ingredients and are available from both specialised brands and some of the biggest names.
This means that you can now buy condoms which allow you to remain ethical, even in your most heated moments.
6. Condoms for women
Condoms are typically thought of as being solely for the man. However, there are also a range of female condoms available, which are worn inside the vagina.
When used correctly, a female condom is around 95% effective.3
It is worth remembering that male and female condoms should never be used at the same time as there is a risk of them sticking together and tearing, making them both ineffective.
Textured, coloured, flavoured and glow-in-the-dark condoms
This is far from an exhaustive list of condoms, as there really is something to suit everyone if you look hard enough.
Whether it is textured, coloured, flavoured or even glow-in-the-dark, there are so many ways to have fun in a safe way.
There are also vast ranges of sizes available to help match your measurements and ensure they are effective by not being too loose – so do not buy a large condom unless you really need it!
Sexual health is an important subject, and it is vital to ensure that you understand it thoroughly.
Our article ‘Sexual health: what you need to know’ helps to understand the risks associated with sex and how to reduce them.
Remember, sex should always be fun, but it must be safe too.
Last updated: 21 December 2020