Category Archives: Non Latex

LIFESTYLES Condom Size Chart

The dimensions in this chart are from our own store bought measurements, as well as from Lucky Bloke and Undercover Condoms.  To read more about Lifestyles company (also known as “Mates” in Europe, check out their profile summary.

If you don’t feel like scrolling through lists, try our new search tool, the Condom Calculator.

Measurement Tip:

The average condom length is 7.5″/190.5mm.  Girth is important (see our guide for measuring penis).  The average condom base width is between 50.8mm – 53mm (width is measured by the condom lying flat; it is not the circumference). To understand if your girth fits condom width simply divide your penis circumference by 2.25 (How did we get this number?  Read here).

Preferences will vary, but our general rule is if you measure less than 4.8 inches (approx 121mm) in girth, go with a snugger fit.  Fit you are wider than 5.15 inches (130mm), select XL or KYGN.  Trojans and Durex XL sizes tend to be slightly larger than Lifestyles.

(Sizes may vary by a few millimeters. Links to external sites may be affiliate links and could earn us a small commission)

Snug Fit/ LATEX

Lifestyles Snugger Fit

Slightly smaller width and length than regular sizes
Unique shape hugs better around shaft
Specially lubricated for natural feeling
Snugger fit is the smallest condom available on the market, along with Caution Wear Iron Grip condoms.
Base width: 1.9”/ 48mm
Length: 6.7”/170mm

Lifestyles 3SUM

Extra ribbed, ultra studded, uniquely shaped!
Wide shaft, contoured at head for his pleasure
Lubricated for maximum pleasure and glide
Base width: 1.9”/ 50mm
Length: 6.7”/170mm

Regular/NON-LATEX (Polyisoprene)

SKYN Original

Strong as latex but with softer more flexible material, making them extremely comfortable for skin-to-skin feel.
Ideal for people with latex allergy or sensitivity
Base width: 2.08”/53mm
Length: 7.5”/190mm

SKYN Extra Lubricated

Same advantages of non-latex with long-lasting UltraSilkyTM Lubrication for smooth skin-to-skin experience.
Reservoir tip for extra safety and comfort
Base width: 2.1”/53mm
Length: 7.5”/190mm

Regular/Sensitivity/LATEX

Lifestyles THYN

Lifestyles’ thinnest condom with most popular contoured shape that widens up the shaft for comfort.
21% thinner than standard Lifestyles latex condom.
Natural, clear color
Low latex scent
Base width: 2.1”/53mm
Length: 7.8”/198mm

Lifestyles Ultra Sensitive

The original thin condom, thinner than their Ultra Thin condom!
Top rated by Undercover Condoms, Condom Depot, Live Strong and 2009 Consumer Report ShopSmart Magazine.
Base width: 2.0”/52mm
Length: 7.5”/190mm

Lifestyles Ultra Thin

Micro-thin technology with unique easy to roll on shape. Check out our personal review on this one.
Base width: 2.1″/53mm
Length: 7.6″/193mm

Ultra Sensitive with Spermicide

Lubricated with spermicide to decrease risk of pregnancy
Spermicide is not for more-than-once-a-day vaginal or rectal use
Base width: 2.1”/53mm
Length: 7.5”/190mm

STYLES Sensitive Collection

Contains THYN- SKYN- and Ultra Sensitive

 Lifestyles Ultra Lube PLUS

Lubricated inside and out with UltraGlide Lubricant TM
Base width: 2.1”/53mm
Length: 7.5”/190mm

Lifestyles Pleasure Shape Condom

Exclusive large tip for more head room
Stimulates most sensitive areas for both partners
Base width: 2.08”/52mm
Length: 7.5”/190mm

LifeStyles Turbo

Made with dual action ExciteGel lubricant
Warming and tingling inside and outside for both partners
Base width: 2.1″/ 53mm
Length: 7.5″/ 190mm

Regular/Textured/LATEX

WYLDLifestyles THRYLL

Ultra studded condom with over 100 raised rubber studs
Long-lasting UltraGlide Lubricant TM extends pleasure
Classis straight shape
Base width: 2.08”/53mm
Length: 7.6”/190mm

Lifestyles WYLD

Outer ribbed texture made from premium latex
Larger head shape
Long-lasting UltraGlide lubricant TM
Base width: 2.08”/53mm
Length: 7.5”/190mm

Lifestyles Pleasure Ribbed Condom

Ribbed for ultimate stimulation
Specially lubricated
Low latex scent
Base width: 2.1”/53mm
Length: 7.5”/190mm

Lifestyles Fun Bumps

Recently made it on the top ten condom list on Queerty Mag
Intense blue flavor and light mint flavor
Base width: 2.2″/56mm
Length: 7.8″/200mm

LARGE/ non-latex (polyisoprene)

SKYN Large

First ever large-sized polyisoprene condom!
Strong as latex but with softer more flexible material, making them extremely comfortable for skin-to-skin feel.
Ideal for people with latex allergy or sensitivity
Base width: 2.2”/56mm
Length: 7.8”/200mm

LARGE /Latex

Lifestyles KYNG

Wider and longer than regular Lifestyles condoms
Base width: 2.2”/56mm
Length: 7.8”/200mm
Head width: 2.2″

LifeStyles KYNG Blue Box

Large condom with a tapered fit for secure fit.
Base width: 2.2″/ 56mm
Length: 7.8″/ 200mm

STYLES Premium Large Collection

Features an assortment of KYNG Gold –  KYNG Smooth – and KYNG Ribbed.
Base width: 2.2”/56mm
Length: 7.8”/200mm

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The Legal Stuff: Age of consent and medical advice

The size charts are made for you to consult and hopefully find the brand that suits within your size range and needs.  If you cannot find the answer to your question, just ask.  But please be aware that we do not condone sexual activity of under-age males and females in state or country.  Also, we are not medical professionals.  We offer opinions from personal experience and research.  Professional advice should always be sought.

Sexual health resources we recommend for young people include Scarleteen and Bish Training. For all ages Planned Parenthood and Sexperience channel are highly recommended.

 

Non-Latex Condom & Dam Size Chart

banana measure tapeThe world of non-latex condoms is a mysterious one. There aren’t many options. In another post we confirm that there is no such thing as flavored non-latex barriers. Also, most manufacturers do not make “special” sizes for non-latex. By special, I mean anything smaller or larger than 2.1″/53mm base wide and 7.5″/190mm long. Some brands offer sizing information on their packaging, such as Lifestyles’ SKYN and Glyde. But most remain vague.

Each of our size guides offers non-latex options (see our main condom chart or try our condom size calculator for a quicker search). We have consolidated that information into this post to make dimensions easier to find.  This chart is organized by “Regular” and “Large”. There is no “small” or “snug” size non-latex.  Scroll to the bottom for female condoms (sometimes called “internal condoms”) and sex dams.

Read more about the differences between polyisoprene and polyurethane.

(Some external links may be affiliate links that earn us a small commission but this information is not sponsored by any company.  All opinions and advice are our own).

Non-Latex Regular

Trojan Supra BareSkin
Made of polyurethane. Trojan’s only non-latex male condom.
Classic straignt shape
Base width: 2.1″/53mm
Length: 7.9″ /200mm

LifeStyles Original SKYN and LifeStyles Skyn Extra Lubricated
Polyisoprene. Praised as the first to make the market- the rest followed.
Base width: 2.1″/53mm
Length: 7.5″/190mm

Non-Latex Large

LifeStyles’ SKYN Large

This is the first ever LARGE polyisoprene condom.
It’s wider than most large condoms but not quite as long.  Ideal for thicker than average men.
Base width: 2.2″/56mm
Length: 7.8″/200mm

Female Condoms

FC2 Female Condom
Latex free, made of nitrile synthetic rubber. Here is FC2 official site.
As of now, there is still a one-size-fits-all approach to female condoms.
Opening width: 3.0″ / 76mm
Length: 7.2″/ 185mm

Non-latex Sex Dams

Hot Dams!
Made of polyurethane. These are the only non-latex we could find.  Do you know of other options (besides saran plastic wrap!).
No flavor added.  Standard size.
6″ X 8″/152mm X 203mm

Dams and condoms are extra special when lubricant is involved.  Don’t forget to use this essential item.

Confused about what condom width fits your penis girth? Simply divide you penis girth by 2.25 (penis girth/2.25 = condom width). Read how we got this formula.

If you think we’ve missed a condom (or dam) or have questions please comment below. Follow us on Twitter – Facebook – G+ for updates.

Flavored Non-Latex Condoms

Do they exist? We’ve been asked this question a few times. It’s hard to believe that the condom market would overlook this specific and important need. Unfortunately, after deep digging we did not uncover a non-latex flavored condom or dam. So what’s the orally-minded to do? 

lips lubes**If you are surprised to hear that people do use protective barriers for oral sex than you need to read our post on why and how to protect yourself. Other trusted resources include Scarleteen and The Body. (Some external links are affiliates).

Skip to the end for more about flavored non-latex sex dams. No flavored non-latex male condoms were found. We searched over 20 condom retail sites, flipped through hundreds of flavored options paraben-free, sugar-free, vegan, organic fruit extracts but it seems non-latex also equals non-flavor.  And ditch your resolve to find a dry, non-lubricated, non-latex barrier because those don’t exist either! (see plastic wrap below).

In general, the popular assumption must be that polyisoprene and polyurethane condoms aren’t manufactured with that latexy aftertaste and smell. So what’s the point of flavoring them?  Personally, I have never smelled or tasted anything from standard lubricated polyisoprene condoms (so far I’ve only tried original Lifestyles Skyn). Others have stated that polyurethane also has no-to-little scent and taste. But everyone is different. If you do not like the scent and taste of non-latex we have two important suggestions for you.

Left with these non-latex limitation, here are two options (comment below if you have more ideas).

1) Add your own flavored lube.

Flavored lubricants come in all sorts of variety. Rain offers 8 flavored single packs. From Undercovercondoms.com

Flavored lubricants come in all sorts of variety. Rain offers 8 flavored single packs. From Undercovercondoms.com

Think of non-latex as a clean plate that you can fill up with your personal buffet of hundreds of flavors and sensations. Literally hundreds. Flavored lubes are designed for oral sex.  Yes, they are safe to ingest (you only need a drop or two). Plus, lube does more than just mask condom tastes nice. It greatly heightens sensation, body heat transfer and can be lots of fun. Experiment! However, you may be allergic to an ingredient such as glycerin or silicon, so check the content. Also, make sure your lube is compatible with polyisoprene or polyurethane barriers.

Here are some recommended flavored lubes from some of our Condom Monologuers. The Sexpert’s personal favorite is K-Y’s Your’s & Mine Kissables, strawberry & chocolate flavor. She also recommends any flavor of the Masque flavored gel strips that you put on your tongue before going down. Other condom monologuers love watermelon, sour apple and very berry. Writer Ams Sweiger also praises flavorless lubes- Ideally water-based, like Astoglide, because silicon can leave a funky aftertaste.

2) Plastic Wrap

(But not the microwaveable kind! That has holes which STIs and viruses can pass through). Plastic wrap comes lube-free but is compatible with all types of lubricant (oil, silicon and water-based), and it’s the least expensive of prophylactics. You can also easily cut it to the exact size and shape needed. This is a good solution for latex sensitive people who like lubricants and want safer cunnilingus (vulva oral sex; “eating out”) and analigus (anal oral sex; “rimming”). However, plastic wrap is not really recommended for effective protection when giving head (fellatio; “blow job”). Also keep in mind that plastic wrap tears more easily than other non-latex options, so be a bit more tender.

The one flavored non-latex is…

Well, vulvas and buttholes- it’s the Hot Dam! Banana is it’s flavor. However, it looks as though the manufacturer has stopped producing this version as we can’t confirm any retail site with them currently in stock! In other words, Hot Dams are available, but not necessarily with flavor.

Help us update this post

Have you come across any non-latex flavored barriers?  Do you have a favorite lubricant?  Post a comment or ask question below.

SKYN Original Polyisoprene Condom Review

 

SKYN Originals have been around a while now and seeing as I am involved in a condom blog I thought it was about time I actually tried the non-latex offering.  In fact, this is the first condom ever made from polyisoprene.

I knew before I tried SKYN that they had advertised as the first and that this material was not latex rubber. However, I did have to ask the question What the f**k is polyisoprene? As it turns out, it is pretty much just rubber. It has very similar chemical structure, however, it’s synthetic and derives from petroleum rather than tress. It’s close enough that it’s sometimes referred to as ‘synthetic natural rubber’.

Although very similar in structure to latex it’s a good alternative for those who have a latex allergy or if the smell and taste of latex repels you. However, it’s not so good if you are trying to ween off petroleum dependency.

SKYN is part of the Lifestyle’s range in the USA and it can be found licensed for sale pretty much across the world including other brands such as Mates in the UK.

Trying a new condom can be oddly nerve racking. A bad condom can break the moment which (of course) is much less of a problem than it actually breaking but still not the outcome one wants! Non-latex still hasn’t yet taken the mainstream market yet…perhaps because they are more expensive or because latex allergy is not very prominent. But one does not need allergies to enjoy these johnnies.

Here’s My Review

So unwrapping the SKYN, my partner and I were not totally sure what to expect.

The moment was pretty much anti-climatic. Tearing open the wrapper, like Charlie looking for the golden ticket, we found simply a condom- a humble, transparent, normal looking rubbery lubricated condom. The condom rolled on very well. No drama. No talking points!

From other reviews I’ve come across, I expected it to feel and sound like sandwich bag, but no. The condom felt great! If no one told me, I wouldn’t have been able to ousted it out as a latex imposter. As much as I could tell it felt the same as a perfectly fitting latex condom. If comparisons had to be drawn I would say it felt like regular Lifestyles Ultra Thin or Durex Love.

Size wise it fit me great. The SKYN original is an average sized condom with a base width of 2.08”/53mm and a length: 7.5”/190mm. There is an XL and extra-lubricated version in the range so it may be worth picking up the multipack to get an idea of what works with you the best. In fact, this is the only non-latex XL condom available on the market!

SKYN say that their condom is softer and more flexible than regular latex. While I can’t for sure say that is the case, I can say after a few uses I have experienced no comfort problems, neither has my partner. They roll on easily, fit well and don’t inhibit feeling during sex. Perfectly satisfied.

I would say they are well worth a try!

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Fitting Matters: Solutions for Condom Size Problems

This post suggests solutions for problem-points on condoms which are too tight, too loose, too short, too long. This post was updated 21 March 2014.

For a quicker way to search and compare condoms, try our new Condom Size Calculator!

A study published in June 2012 argues that penis shape and size must be taken more seriously by public health officials and activists who aim to increase consistent and correct condom use.  Researchers Michael Reece and Debra Herbenick of Indiana University found a substantial percentage of men reported condoms being too tight, too loose, too short, too long, breakage, leakage…basically, general condom discomfort that can result in misuse or disuse, which translates into a serious public health issue.

Condom Size Problems and SolutionsThe majority of condom products are fitted for “average” length at 6.4 inches when erect (see the Kinsey report and The Simple Truth about Erect Penis Size).  However, as Reece and Herbenick found, length of the condom is not the greatest discomfort; rather, it is fitting around the head and shaft that scored highest among complaints, with penis base at a close second.  For example, of those men who reported that condoms were too tight, 66% reported tightness around the base, 70.4% around the glans, and 73% around the shaft.

The study concludes that HIV and STI practitioners must get involved with condom manufacturers to ensure that condoms are consistent with men’s experiences of fitting and pleasure.  Indeed, no matter what size, all men should have access to well-fitting condoms.

Jump to:
If “Condoms are too Tight”
If “Condoms are too Loose”
If “Condoms are too Short”
If “Condoms are too Long”.

Quick Tip! The FC2 internal condom is one size fits all. Because it’s made to form to the inner walls of the receptive partner, penis size is irrelevant. This is a great solution for those fitting woes.

Sizing

To know which condom width fits, we recommend dividing penis circumference by 2.25. Here we explain where we got this formula.

Image from @TheyFitCondoms

Image from @TheyFitCondoms

Given the wide range of condoms on the market, prevention providers can play a valuable role in helping men to identify condoms that suit their size specificities, hence increasing the likelihood of consistent condom usage.  For a large proportion of those who reported tightness around the glands (70%), for example, HIV and STI prevention providers may alleviate men’s perceptions that condoms all are too tight by recommending condoms that are designed with a more bulbous head to reduce constriction.  As our chart shows below, Durex condoms and One Condoms tend to offer a greater variety in contoured shapes and head room.

Here we have organized a list of condoms according to the 4 “problem points” identified in Reece and Herbenick’s study.  Under each complaint we provide a list of condoms by brand that may help alleviate discomfort.

Please note: External links may be affiliates that give us a small commission. This is not a company endorsement.  Due to the fact that major North American brands are Durex, Trojan, Lifestyles, Beyond 7 and Caution Wear, our first aim is to gather these dimensions. We continue to update.

CONDOM FIT SOLUTIONS 

If “Condoms are too Tight”…

ONE Condoms

The Legend

Slightly longer than regular condoms. Shaped with a secure fit in the middle and spacious head room.
Base width: 2.25″/ 56mm
Mid width: 2.28″/ 58mm
Head width: 2.4″/ 61mm
Length: 7.9″ / 200mm

Tantric Pleasure

Same length of regular condoms, but wider and large head with unique ribbed design.
Base width: 2.25″ / 56mm
Head width: 2.4″/ 62mm
Length: 7.4″/ 188mm

ONE Pleasure Dome

Regular size width and length with an over-sized, unique head shape.
Base width: 2.1″/ 53mm
Length: 7.1″/ 180mm

RFSU

RFSU Okeido/Grande 

Ultra thin, vegan latex, larger condom.
A wider condom with regular length. Great option for shorter but larger headed guys (this is on the smaller end of Large-head condoms). Tapered flare shape that extends to a wide head.
Base width: 2.13″/ 54mm
Head width: 2.36″ / 60mm
Length: 7.5″ / 190mm

CAUTION WEAR

Caution Wear Grande

This is Caution Wear’s largest condom.  Unlike other large condoms, this one is wider than regular condoms, but maintains the same 7.0″ regular length. Good for wider girth without the extra length. Straight shape.
Base width: 2.25″/56mm
Length: 7.0″/180mm

TROJAN

Trojan Magnum XL

One of the longest and widest most famous condoms on the market.  Made with an extra bulbous head and wider shaft width.
Base width: 2.3″/58mm
Head width: 2.7″/68.58mm!
Length:  8.3″/ 210mm

Trojan Magnum Original

Tapered at the base for a secure fit and extends wider up the head for comfort. Suitable for guys who find standard condoms too short and too tight.
Base width: 2.13″/ 54mm
Head width: 2.5″/63.5mm
Length: 8.12″/206mm

Trojan Magnum Thin

Tapered at the base with spacious head for more comfort. Great choice if you need a larger condom but desire ultra thin latex.
Base width: 2.13″/ 54mm
Length: 8.12″/ 206mm

Trojan Naturalamb

Non-latex, lamb material (does not protect against STIs).
Very wide! Straight shape.
Base width: 2.7″ / 68mm
Length: 7.9″ / 200mm

Trojan Her Pleasure Ecstasy

Uniquely large bulbous head and shaft for more freedom of movement. Ribbed on shaft.
Longer than regular condoms
Base width: 2.13″ / 54mm
Head width: 2.5″ / 64mm
Length: 8.1″ / 205mm

Trojan Stimulation Ecstasy

Similar shape to “Her Pleasure” with even more pleasure ribs along head.
Base width: 2.13″/ 54mm
Head width: 2.5″ / 64mm
Length: 8.1″ / 205mm

Trojan Charged

Tapered securely at the base with huge head space. Longer than most condoms. Tingling ginger lubricant (inside and out). Ribbed along shaft and head.
Base width: 2.0″/ 52mm
Head width:  2.5″/ 64mm
Length: 8.1″/ 205mm

DUREX

Durex XXL

The largest condom made by Durex
Classic straight shape
Base width: 2.3”/58mm
Length: 8.3”/210.8mm

Durex PleasureMAXX

Ribbed and studded for extra stimulation
Slightly wider contoured shape at base than regulars; fitted head without the extra length. More headroom.
Base width: 2.15”/ 54mm
Length: 7.9/200mm

Durex Maximum Love

Regular length; on the wider end of regular sizes and larger headroom.
Base width: 2.15″/ 54mm
Length: 7.5″/ 190mm

LIFESTYLES

SKYN Large

First ever large-size polyisoprene condom.
Strong as latex but softer, more flexible material.
Ideal for people with latex allergy or sensitivity.
Wider base and shaft than the Magnum, but not quite as long.  Slightly longer than average LifeStyle condoms. Straight classic shape. Ideal for thicker than average guys.
Base width: 2.2”/ 56mm
Length: 7.9”/ 200mm

Lifestyles KYNG Gold

A large condom without over-sized headroom. Wider and longer than regular Lifestyles.
Contoured pleasure shape to secure fit around shaft.
Base width: 2.2”/56mm
Length: 8.26” /210mm

Lifestyles KYNG Ribbed

A ribbed version of LifeStyles KYNG
Base width: 2.2″ / 56mm
Length: 8.26″/ 210mm

Lifestyles Pleasure Shape (Pleasure Tipped)

Exclusive over-sized head room, but with the average length.
Stimulates most sensitive areas for both partners
Base width: 2.05”/ 52mm
Head width: a huge 2.9″ / 74mm!
Length: 7.5”/190mm

GLYDE Vegan CONDOMS

GLYDE Maxi

Classic straight shape (no flare). Wider and longer than regular condoms.
Made of vegan latex.
Base width: 2.2″/ 56mm
Length: 8.0″/ 205mm

If “Condoms are too Short”…

GLYDE

GLYDE Maxi

Classic straight shape (no flare or bulbous head). Wider and longer than regular condoms.
Made of vegan latex.
Base width: 2.2″/ 56mm
Length: 8.0″/ 205mm

KIMONO

KIMONO MircoThin Large

Base width: 2.13″/ 54mm
Head width: 2.3″/ 59mm
Length: 7.7″/ 197mm

TROJAN

Trojan ThinTensity Lubricated

25% thinner than Trojan’s standard condom
Close comfort fit around the shaft. Has the same long length as Magnums with snug fit around the shaft and slightly less head room.  Good if one is looking for longer length, but not wider width.
Base width: 2.13″/ 53mm
Length: 8.0″/ 203mm

Trojan SUPRA BareSkin

Is wider and longer than regular condoms. Classic straight shape.
Made of Polyurethane, which is more soft and elastic than latex.
Base width: 2.2”/ 56mm
Length: 7.9”/200mm

Trojan Ultra Thin

Classic straight shape.
Regular size width and slightly longer.
Base width: 2.13″/53mm
Length: 7.9″/ 200mm

Trojan Fire & Ice Dual Lubricated

Very long. Tapered at the base for secure fit, wide bulbous head.
Special tingling and warming lubricant on inside and outside.
Base width: 2.13″/ 54mm
Length: 8.13″/ 205mm

Trojan ENZ non-lubricated

Dry condom. (Great for oral sex).
Classic straight shape. Longer than regular sizes with standard Trojan width.
Base width: 2.1″/53mm
Length: 8.0″/ 200mm

Trojan ENZ Spermicide Lubricant
The classic ENZ long condom also comes with spermicide lubricant (not for oral use).
Base width 2.1″/53mm
Length: 8.0″/ 200mm

Trojan Magnum XL

Is one of the longest and widest condoms on the market.
Base width: 2.1″/53.34mm
Head width: 2.7″/68.58mm
Length:  8.12″/206mm

 Trojan Magnum Original

Tapered at the base for a secure fit and extends wider up the head for comfort. Suitable for guys who find standard condoms too short and too tight.
Base width: 2.1″/53.34mm
Head width: 2.5″/63.5mm
Length: 8.12″/206mm

Trojan Magnum Thin

Thinner than the regular Magnum condoms
Base width: 2.1″/53.34mm
Head width: 2.5″/63.5mm
Length: 8.12″/206mm

DUREX

Durex XXL

The largest condom made by Durex
Classic straight shape
Compared to Trojan Magnum XL, Durex XL is wider at the base and longer, but smaller head than Magnums.
Base width: 2.3”/58mm
Length: 8.3”/210.8mm

Durex Maximum Love

20% thinner than standard latex condoms
Unique easy-on design shape to roll on smooth.
Contoured at the head with a flare shape to the opening.
On the larger side of the regular condom sizes in both width and length.
Base width: 2.1”/54mm
Length: 7.9”/ 200mm

Durex Natural Feeling

Ultra smooth water-based lubricant
About 1.0 to 1.5 inches larger in length and width than regular size condoms
Base width: 2.2”/56mm
Length: 8”/205mm

Durex Sensi Thin

Durex’s thinnest latex condom
Longer than the average condom, with slightly snugger width at the base.  Suitable for guys who are looking for more width without the extra length.
Base width: 2.0”/5.1mm
Length: 7.9”/200mm

LifeStyles

SKYN Large

First ever large-size polyisoprene condom.
Strong as latex but softer, more flexible material- the latest in condom technology.
Ideal for people with latex allergy or sensitivity
Wider base and shaft than the Magnum, but not quite as long.  Slightly longer than average LifeStyle condoms.  Ideal for broader, thicker than average guys.
Base width: 2.2”/55mm
Length: 7.8”/200mm

Lifestyles THYN

Popular contoured shape that flares wide at the head, tapered at the base for secure fit.  Suitable for men between approximately 4.54″ and 4.72″ erect girth (slightly greater length is normal for thin condoms to prevent risk of breakage).
Base width: 2.1” / 53mm
Length: 7.8”/ 200mm

Lifestyles KYGN

Wider and longer than regular Lifestyles condoms.  Not quite as long as Trojan Magnums.  Suitable to those fit in between regular and XL length.
Flare shape for wider end.
Base width: 2.2”/56mm
Length: 8.3”/210mm

If “Condoms are too Long”…

ONE Condoms

ONE Zero

One of the shortest thin condoms out there with regular width.
Classic straight shape.
Width: 2.04″/ 52mm
Length: 7.08″/ 180mm

GLYDE

GLYDE Slim Fit
The smallest vegan latex condom.
Classic straight shape.
Base width: 1.92″/ 49mm
Length: 6.69″/ 170mm

CAUTION WEAR

All Caution Wear “regular” sizes are 7.0″/180mm long, which is shorter than other popular brands.

Caution Wear Classic Plain

Silicon-based lubricant, straight shaped condom
Base width: 2.0”/53mm
Length: 7.0/180mm
Head width: .6”/15mm

Caution Wear Black Ice Ultra Thin

Caution Wears’ thinnest condom (slightly thicker than other brands of thin condoms)
Base width: 2.0”/53mm
Length: 7.0”/180mm

Caution Wear Wild Rose Ribbed

Ribbed straight shaped condom
Base width: 2.0”/53mm
Length: 7.0”/180mm

TROJAN

 Trojan does not manufacture condoms shorter than 7.5”/190mm

DUREX

Durex Enhanced Pleasure

Contoured shape for tapered fit around the base and shaft. Is one of the shortest condoms on the North American market.
Base width: 1.92”/49mm
Length: 6.7”/170mm

LIFESTYLES

Lifestyles 3SUM

Extra ribbed, ultra studded, uniquely shaped.
Uniquely contoured at head for his pleasure (see image here)
Regular condom length but closer fitting shaft and head.
Base width: 1.93”/49mm
Length: 6.69”/ 170mm

Beyond Seven

All Beyond Seven Condoms, except Crown, are less than 7.5 inches long.  They also offer some of the thinnest latex condoms on the market.

Beyond7 Ultra Thin
Classic straight shape condom.  Slightly shorter than standard regular condoms
Base width: 2.0”/51mm
Length: 7.2”/180mm

Beyond 7 Studded

The thinnest condom makers offer studded condoms for those who love extra stimulation.
Studded along the shaft
Base width: 2.0”/51mm
Length: 7.2”/180mm

“Condoms are too Loose”

RFSU

Mamba

Pleasure shaped, ultra thin and vegan latex.
On the larger scale of sung fit condoms.
Base width:  1.97″/ 50mm
Length: 6.89″/ 175mm

ATLAS

Atlas True Fit

A basic smaller condom with tapered shape.
Base width: 1.73″/ 44mm
Head width: 1.93″/ 49mm
Length: 7.08″/ 180mm

CAUTION WEAR

Caution Wear Iron Grip

One of the smallest condoms on the market.
Straight classic shape.
Base width: 1.92”/49mm
Length: 6.7”/ 170mm
Head width: .6”/15mm

TROJAN

Trojan Twisted Pleasure

Special twisted shape and ribs for sensual friction
Regular length of Trojan condoms, but is 0.25” slimmer at the base than regular Trojan condoms for a snug grip round the shaft.
Base width: 1.75″/44mm
Length: 7.8″/198mm

DUREX

Durex Sensi Thin

Durex’s thinnest latex condom
Slightly snugger width and longer length than most regular sizes.  Suitable for long and slender guys.
Base width: 2.0”/5.1mm
Length: 7.9”/200mm

Durex Enhanced Pleasure

Contoured shape for tapered fit around the base and shaft. Is one of the snuggest (and shortest) condoms on the North American market.
Base width: 1.92”/49mm
Length: 6.7”/170mm

LIFESTYLES

Lifestyles Snugger Fit

This is The smallest condom on the North American market.
Unique shape hugs better around shaft and head
Base width: 1.77”/ 45mm
Head width: 1.92″/ 49mm
Length: 7.0”/ 180mm

Lifestyles 3SUM

Extra ribbed, ultra studded, uniquely shaped.
Uniquely contoured at head for his pleasure (see image here)
Regular condom length but closer fitting shaft and head.
Base width: 1.93”/49mm
Length: 6.69”/ 170mm

Beyond Seven

Beyond7 Aloe Enriched

4X more lubricant than standard latex condoms.
Thinner than standard condoms with average length.
Base width: 1.9″/50mm
Length: 7.2″/185mm

All other Beyond7 condoms are approximately 2.0 inches base wide.  Check out their condom size chart for more detailed measurements on all their products.

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Condom Size Chart has been Updated

iStock_000008877505XSmallCondom Monologues is thrilled to announce that our Condom Size Chart is up-to-date!  This is our most popular post so we think it crucial to keep it spick and span.  It includes objective measurements researched by CM’s staff of all the latest condom products from North America’s top three brands: Trojan, Durex and LifeStyles. And we provide links to other works at CM depending on how in-depth you want to know your condom before using.

This is not a company endorsement.  We do not cater support for one condom company over another.  Instead we offer this as a map to help guide through the frustrating aisle of condoms where each product self-proclaims to be the “Thinnest”, “Most Sensitive”, “Ultra Pleasure” out there. We hope this size chart continues to help find suitable condoms and experience new pleasures.

Check out the latest version of Condom Size Chart here!

 

Contraceptive Contraptions: A history of the condom

The earliest known image of STD protection dates back to 1000BC Egypt. (Images sourced from Perera (2004) "Taking Precautions". pg 94.

The earliest known image of STD protection dates back to 1000BC Egypt. (Images sourced from Perera (2004) Taking Precautions: An intimate history of birth control. pg 94.

A site about condoms and condom stories is never complete, and neither is the lavish, outlandish history of the device.  It’s history is full of insights into human character with all its flaws and foibles.

The invention of the latex condom is relatively new in modern history.  However, the principle to protect against sexually transmitted diseases and infections (STIs) dates back to at least 1,000BC (Perera, 2004: 95).  Ancient Egyptians were protecting themselves with linen sheaths from a parasitic disease known as Schistosomiasis.  Anthropologists have also found evidence of female condoms to prevent pregnancy.  The Petri Papyrus of 1850BC lists several female condoms, one of which was crocodile’s dung cut up on auyt-paste and inserted into the vagina.  In fact, animal dung was used as a female contraceptive across many societies.  The Aztec Badianus manuscript of 1552 explains, “and you shall put into the vulva the crushed herb of the calabash or cucurbita root and eagle’s excrement.”  Dung stuffed linen aside, the one devise that could protect against both STDs and pregnancy wasn’t produced until 1855 during the industrial revolution and the advent of vulcanized rubber.

Of course, when safer sex first became a known practice in ancient societies, the scientific frameworks for understanding biology, medicine, sexuality, and public health were vastly different.  Hippocrates, the father of western medicine once stated, “After coitus if the woman ought not to conceive, she makes it a custom for the semen to fall outside when she wishes this” (R.I.Chalmers, 1987)… pause … blink … isn’t this reminiscent of the 2012 Teaparty Candidate Todd Akin’s infamous statement that women’s bodies can prevent pregnancy in cases of “legitimate rape”?

Anyway, I’m not stating that the risks of unwanted pregnancies and transmitting or contracting STIs is significantly less in contemporary life because we may have greater public awareness and better medical technology.  Rather it’s to recognize that health science and perceptions of “risks” and “healthy” sexuality are products of social contexts- its history and location, politics and economics- and therefore have a transformable quality.  That’s what makes the story of the condom throughout human civilization so interesting; because, like a flirtatious cuttlefish, it morphs into so many different types, shapes, and sizes, not to mention the amount of knowledge, myth and stigma that have carried throughout its making.

Contraceptive Censorship

Just to mention a few effects of stigma: In 1873, the U.S. government illegalized the advertisement of any contraception. That same set of laws also allowed for the confiscation of condoms sent through the mail and banned the sale of any condoms in up to thirty states (Collier, 2007).  Due to the belief that venereal disease was the price one paid for sinful choices, health experts from The American Social Hygiene Association objected to American soldiers being issued condoms- so during WWI they weren’t (Perera, 2004).

Skip over 113 years and we face statistics like 35% of all U.S. sex education programs require abstinence be taught as the ONLY option for unmarried people and either prohibit any discussions of contraception or limit discussions to its ineffectiveness.  Stigma still runs amuck sexuality and safer sex practices today.

So what preceded the latex condom?  As the most basic device for safe sex, different versions of the barrier method were utilized in most societies for millennium, and thus it is near impossible to account for all sexual practices, customs, beliefs, and attitudes.  Here we take a glimpse into some western society habits in which the devise was made at the expense of sexual pleasure; almost all made with only hetero-male health and interests in mind; and certainly most practices kept in secrecy from public mind and records.

Medieval to Victorian, Dung to Intestine   

The first western medical record of the condom is found in Gabriello Falloppio’s book on syphilis published in 1564 when the STD was a European epidemic.  He details condoms that he made from linen sheaths dipped in salt and herbs and tied under the foreskin.  Nothing in his records test comfort or sexual satisfaction, but we do know that animal intestines eventually became the superior condom material.

Users tended to hail from higher-income strata as condom were expensive and available only in boutique shops in the cities where seamstresses handmade each baudruches. Louis XVI could afford to have his animal-bowel condoms lined with velvet and silk.  There were some available for those with less income if one was willing to buy second-hand.  As Shyama Perera’s explains in her book Taking Precautions: An intimate history of birth control (2004), there was a “Miss Jenny” in 1820s London who hand-washed used condoms and resold them at a more affordable price.

The Rise of Rubber

By the 1850s, vulcanized rubber was invented and condoms started to roll out of factories.  The process was labor intensive as each rubber condom was dipped in cement and then hand-shaped and smoothed by rubbing and trimming.  It was also a major fire hazard because gasoline and benzene were used to suspend the rubber.  Rubber condoms were reusable and had a shelf life of about 3 months making them more economical, but the “skin” condoms remained the preferred product for better comfort and sensitivity (keep in mind, lubricant wasn’t invented until 1957.  Ouch!).  Also, at this time, there were no standard quality control methods.  According to condom historian, Aine Collier, some American factories sold their defective condoms at a cheaper price rather than discard them.

Another outcome of the Industrial Revolution was the beginning shifts of condoms away from a sign of wealth towards health.  By WWI, the use of condoms was more prominent among European soldiers as the rate of STDs increased.  Armed forces would distribute them for free to its members even in countries where condoms were illegal for the general population (the U.S. military did not catch on to condom sense until WWII).

Introducing Trojan Latex

In 1920, Young Rubber Company, the makers of Trojan, was the first to manufacture a latex condom, which was a great improvement from the rubber condom because they were easier and far less of a fire hazard to produce.  Latex is also thinner, smoother, and stronger with longer lasting shelf life then rubber.  By 1932, Europe’s first latex condom, Durex, was manufactured on conveyor system assembly lines, making them far less labor intensive nor subject to human error.

Marie Stopes’s first health clinic in London did make condoms readily available and was the only outlet from which women could buy them.  However, the clinic encouraged women to use female contraceptive techniques, such as the cervical cap, rather than rely on protection made for men.

Quality Control

Stigma around the use of contraceptives continued and disinformation meant that not everyone trusted condoms.  Of course, the lack of quality control specifications didn’t help.  Perera (2004) documents rumors stating that Catholic factory staff would deliberately poke holes in condoms.  The introduction of electronic testing machines helped eradicate rumors.  By 1957, the manufacturing process advanced to dramatically reduce the amount of defective rubber and latex, and also allow the first lubricated condom on the market.  It wasn’t until the 1960s that most countries in Europe and North America established a certification of national standard specifications for condoms manufacturers to follow.

What were once common problems of slippage and breakage are virtually obsolete with contemporary production.  Today, different studies on latex condom breakage tend to reflect a breakage rate of around .4%, or only 4 breaks in every 1,000 uses.  Which means that if a condom breaks than it is highly likely caused by user-error rather than manufacturer issues.

The Discovery of AIDS and Height of Condom Use

With industrialization, condoms increasingly became relied upon.  Yet it wasn’t until the 1980s and 90s when HIV/AIDS was first declared a pandemic, that condoms became fervently promoted by governments and health organizations.  Within the first year of the UK campaign, condom sales increase by 20%. 1988 was the first time in condom history in which condoms were the most popular birth control choice for British married couples.  In the U.S., condoms ranked third in popularity among married couples, and a strong second among single women following the Pill.

The Femidom

It was during the time of the first HIV/AIDS crisis that the female condom was manufactured on a large scale despite many experts’ false and damaging advice that women were at “low risk” of contracting HIV.  The Femidom, or FC2, is far more advanced than lemon halves used by ancients and cervical caps promoted in the 1920, which do not protect against STDs/STIs.   The FC2 is a device made of polyurethane that is inserted into the vagina with a wide base that sits on the outer parts of the vulva.  Besides allowing females to be in control of condom use, another advantage of the FC2, is that it can be inserted for up to 8 hours before sex- so no intermission needed for application.

Contemporary Condom Conundrum

The twenty-first century condom is produced by a greater range of manufacturers, non-profit organizations, and government programs around the world.  Thanks to modern technological innovation, condoms are far more comfortable, safer, stronger, and smoother then Greek goat’s bladders or oiled silk paper.  Who knows what the next advancement will be.  There are reports of spray-on condoms in the midst.

The promotion and availability of condoms has also dramatically improved.  Nowadays, condoms are typically displayed in public restrooms, supermarkets and pharmacies, or bought in bulk online without age restriction or parental consent required.  And they are affordable enough to not need rinsing and re-using!

Condoms have reached a status of “common sense” for many.  An American-based 2010 study by the Alan Guttmacher Institute found that the condom is the most common protection used at first intercourse (females 68% and males 80%).

However, the same study found that as individuals continue to have sex, their use of condoms decreases as they get older.  The rate of STDs/STIs is extremely high among American youth:  One in two sexually active individuals will get a STD usually before the age of 25.  According to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, two-thirds of all individuals who become infected with STIs in the United States are younger than 25 years old!  The reason for this is because young people simply are not using condoms and other barriers consistently or correctly to protect themselves and their partners.

Want to see a visual account of condom history?  Here is a mini-documentary (7:47min.) by Trojan to commemorate Condom Month (February, of course), and posted by Queerty Online Mag.

…So the condom campaign continues.  History never ends.  For a more on problems with condom use, read here about the case to include more condoms in everyday popular culture.

 

 

Condom Size Chart

This article aims to consolidate sizing info from leading brands.  We hope to lessen the confusion over what’s “snug”, “regular”, and “XL”. Last updated: 8 November 2015

For a more user friendly, comparative condom search try our new Condom Size Calculator .

When it comes to condoms, fitting matters for effective protection and pleasure. Considering the array of choices and the fact that every penis is different, finding the right condom can be daunting (but also fun!).  The best thing to do is experiment and keep an open mind to new brands, contours, textures.

Measurements here are from our self measurements or from our trusted affiliates at Lucky Bloke and Undercover Condoms. The reported width is measured by condoms laying flat, so it is not the circumference. To understand if your penis girth fits condom width simply divide your penis circumference by 2.25.  How did we get this formula? Read this post for research details.

Jump to Trojan Size ChartDurex Size ChartLifeStyles Size Chart.

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We’ve added new size charts for Gylde CondomsKimono CondomsBeyond Seven Condoms, ONE, and Caution Wear (links to charts). And we’ve recently consolidated non-latex sizes too.

We also supply an ill-fitting solutions chart for those who find condoms tend to be too loose, too tight, too short or too long.i'm so excited

Now onto the condom size chart for major U.S. brands

(Sizes may vary by a few milimmeters but this should not affect fitting. Links to external sites may be affiliate links and could earn us a small commission. We are an independent collective.  This is not a company endorsement)

Trojan Condom Sizes

Look!  We have a more in depth version of Trojan Condom Sizes here!

Trojan is the number one US condom brand. Their website is a visual treat. However, sizing is not as comprehensive as Durex. They classify their condoms in Regular, Large and Extra Large. The shortest and most slender condom they offer is 7.9″/200mm long and 2.0″/52mm base width (which is the standard “regular” size for most condoms).  The longest and widest Trojan size is Trojan Magnum XL, (8.3″/210mm long and 2.3″/58mm base width and a whooping 2.5″/64mm head width).

Below is a list of how each product fits under Trojan’s “Regular”, “Large” and “XL” scale. For more details on each Trojan condom, check out our Trojan Condom Size Chart.

Size REGULAR

TROJAN® Ultra Thin Spermicidal Lubricant Condoms

Trojan Ultra Thin Spermicidal Lubricated

Contains Nonoxynol-9 Spermicide
Base Width: 2.1″/53mm
Length: 7.6″/196mm

TROJAN® Extended Pleasure™ Condoms with Climax Control Lubricant

Base width: 2.05″/52mm
Length: 7.9″/200mm

TROJAN® Pleasure Pack Lubricated Condoms

Supplies 4 Her Pleasures, 2 Fire & Ice, 4 Twisted Pleasure, and 2 Intense Ribbed

Size LARGE

MAGNUM Ecstasy

Wide head that is tampered at the bass for comfort.
Base width: 2.2″/56mm
Head width: 2.5″/64mm
Length: 8.13″/205mm

MAGNUM® Fire & Ice

Warming and tingling dual lubricant sensation.
Base width: 2.2″/56mm
Head width: 2.5″/63.5mm
Length: 8.12″/205mm

MAGNUM® Thin

Now Thin for bare skin feeling.
Base width: 2.2″/56mm
Head width: 2.5″/63.5mm
Length: 8.12″/205mm

TROJAN BareSkin or Supra (these are their only non-latex condoms and one of their most popular)

Made of Polyurethane
Base width: 2.1”/53mm
Length: 7.9”/200mm

TROJAN® Ultra Thin Lubricated Condoms

Trojan Ultra Thin Lubricated

Base Width: 2.1″/53mm
Length: 7.9/200mm

TROJAN® Ultra Ribbed Spermicidal Lubricant Condoms

Contains Nonoxynol-9
Base Width: 2.13″/54mm
Length: 8.13″/205mm

TROJAN® Ecstasy Ultra Ribbed Lubricated Condoms

Based width: 2.13″/54mm
Length: 8.13″/205mm

TROJAN® ENZ Non-Lubricated™ Condoms

Base width: 2.13″/54mm
Length: 8.13″/205mm

Trojan-ENZ® Spermicidal Lubricant Condoms

Contains Nonoxynol-9
Base width: 2.13″/54mm
Length: 8.13″/ 205mm

Size XL

MAGNUM® XL Lubricated Condoms

Trojan’s widest condom; 30% wider than regular size
Base width: 2.2″/56mm
Head width: 2.7″/68.58mm
Length:  8.3″/210mm

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Durex Condom Sizes

See our more in depth DUREX SIZE CHART HERE

Durex used to supply visual diagrams of dimensions but sadly they did away with these!  We’ve grouped condoms accordingly.

Size SNUG

According to our research, Durex does not offer condoms less than 2.1″ /52mm wide.

Size REGULAR

Durex Avanti Bare Real Feel (named “Latex-Free” in Europe)
Durex’s only non-latex condom
Base width: 2.1″/ 52mm
Length: 7.2″ / 183mm

Natural Feeling Lubricated
Easy roll on flare shape
Water-based lubricant
Base width: 2.1″/ 52mm
Length: 7.5″/ 190mm

Durex Natural Feeling Dry
Non-lubricated for those who prefer dry condoms
Base width: 2.1/ 52mm
Length: 7.5″/ 190mm

Durex Extra Sensitive

Base width: 2.13/ 54mm
Length: 7.5″/ 190mm

Sensi Thin (“Featherlite Ultra” in Europe):

Base width: 2.1″/53mm
Length: 7.5″/190mm

Size LARGE

 

Enhanced Pleasure

 

Base width: 2.16″ /55mm
Length: 8.0” /205mm

Maximum Love

Unique flare shape for easy roll-on
Base width: 2.1”/54mm
Length: 7.8″/ 198mm

Performax

Base width: 2.13”/54mm
Length:  7.9”/200mm

Pleasuremax

Base width: 2.13”/54mm
Length: 7.9”/200mm

Size XL

Durex XXL
Base width: 2.3”/58mm
Length: 8.3”/210.8mm

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LifeStyles Condom Sizes (“Mates” in Europe)

Check out our updated LIFESTYLES SIZES HERE

Size SNUG

LifeStyles Snugger Fit

Base width: 1.9” / 48mm
Length: 6.7” /170mm

Lifestyles 3SUM

Base width: 1.9”/50mm
Length: 6.7”/170mm

Size REGULAR

SKYN Original /SKYN Extra Lubricated

Made of polyisoprene
Base width: 2.1”/53mm
Length: 7.5”/190mm

THYN

Base width: 2.1″/ 53mm
Length: 7.8″/ 200mm

Lifestyles Ultra Sensitive

Base width: 2.0/ 52mm
Length: 7.5″/ 190mm

Lifestyles Ultra Thin

Base width: 2.1″/ 53mm
Length: 7.5″/ 190mm

WYLD

Base width: 2.1″/ 53mm
Length: 7.5″/ 190mm

Size LARGE

SKYN Large (Polyisoprene)

Base width: 2.2″/ 56mm
Length: 7.9″/ 200mm

Lifestyles Pleasure Shape/Tipped

XL headroom!
Base width: 2.0″/ 52mm
Head width: 2.9″/ 74mm
Length: 7.5″/ 190mm

KYNG Gold

Base width: 2.2”/56mm
Length: 8.2”/210mm

KYNG Ribbed

Base width: 2.2″/ 56mm
Length: 8.2″/ 210mm

More large sizes available at our LifeStyles Size Chart

For more info on Non-Latex Condoms see our post on Non-Latex Condom Options

The Legal Stuff: Age of consent and medical advice

The size charts are made for you to consult and hopefully find the brand that suits within your size range and needs. If you cannot find the answer to your question, just ask. But please be aware that we do not condone sexual activity of under-age males and females in state or country. Also, we are not medical professionals. We offer opinions from personal experience and research. Professional advice should always be sought.

For a younger audience, start here: Scarleteen, and for all ages Planned Parenthood.

Watch Your Mouth! Protecting yourself during oral sex

oral sex protection tipsWe’ve received requests for more info about condoms that are made specifically for oral sex, as well as other safer oral sex methods.  Indeed, the know-how in this area is not as wide known as it should be.  People are less likely to protect themselves during oral sex…even among those cautious sexers who use condoms consistently.  Perhaps this is because some do not consider oral sex to be “real sex” and thus think it’s less risky.  But the fact is that oral sex is sex (some prefer it to genital sex) and many diseases and infections you can catch or transmit through intercourse you can also get through oral sex, regardless of whether you swallow or not.  As one of our readers pointed out, HPV (the most common STI in the USA today) is often transmitted during oral sex (these are some good sources for more info on HPV: HPV AwakeningScarleteen, SEX,etc.).  So in this post we go through safer oral sex practices and how to find the right method for yourself.

To reduce the risk of STIs, you can use latex or non-latex barriers.  For fellatio (oral sex with penis) use a condom.  For cunnilingus and analingus use dental dams, latex or nitrile gloves, or plastic wrap (but remember, not the microwaveable wrap!).

Fellatio and Condoms Options

A condom for safe oral sex can be perfectly satisfying should the right condom be used according to your tastes and needs.  First of all, do not use condoms or lubricants made with spermicide, such as nonoxynol-9 which can numb your tongue.  And do not use any condoms designed to “extend” male performance, such as Trojan’s Extended Pleasure, as these are made with not-so-tasty benzocaine that will leave an unpleasant sensation in your mouth.  Choose condoms that are water-based (most condoms are) or choose a non-lubricated condom.

For those who do not like the taste of latex or have a latex allergy, there are many non-latex options on the market made of polyisoprene or polyurethane (lambskin does not protect against STIs so do not use them for oral sex!).  These non-latex condoms are virtually odorless and tasteless.  However, most non-latex are difficult to buy in stores or pharmacies; but online stocks are varied and plenty.

Flavored condoms or lubricants are also a good option.  You can buy multipacks to determine your favorite flavor and there are usually small sample packs of lube available at sex-shops.  But be sure to use a lubricant that is compatible with the condom material- oil-based lubes cannot be used with latex or polyisoprene.  There are also flavored gel strips, like Masque, which simply dissolves on your tongue like a candy and the flavor lasts for up to 15 minutes.

Dental Dames and Barriers

If you are giving or receiving oral sex from mouth to vulva (outside of vagina) or mouth to anus there are various barrier methods to protect from STIs: Dental dams or making your own barrier from condoms, gloves, or plastic wrap.

A dental dam is a thin rectangle-shaped sheet used for cunnilingus or analingus to protect against sexually transmitted infections during oral sex.  Like condoms, dental dams are typically made with latex, polyurethane or polyisoprene.  There are flavored dams, colored dams, dams that you hold in place, and non-slip no-hold dams. Unfortunately, dental dams are not as readily accessible in pharmacies and retail stores.  This is part of an all too common and dangerous oversight in safe sex inventory.  Often female safe sex products or non-penetrative sex products are placed secondary to condoms and are not as easily accessible.  This is another advantage to shopping online.  Sexual health clinics, such as Planned Parenthood also supply dental dams.

If you and/or your partner are concerned that oral sex will not feel as amazing with a protective barrier, take some advise from Heather Corinna at Scarleteen.com, and put a few drops (not too many!) of lubricant on the genitals of the receiver before putting on the barrier.  This will keep the material from sticking and will increase sensitivity and sensation immensely.

Check out this pamphlet for more information about STIs and diseases that the dental dam protects against.

If you find dental dams too tricky to get a hold of or not the right material/shape for you, you should try making a barrier just for you or your partner using a condom or glove.

These are some excellent sources for step-by-step instructions on how to make a dental dam from condoms or gloves: YouShouldKnow.caSTD.about.com, PAMF.org.

Hopefully this information will help you receive and perform safer oral sex. If you have any further questions or even some extra tips / experiences to share then please leave a comment below.

Non-Latex Condom Options

purple condomOptions for non-latex condoms today are increasing and more people are choosing non-latex condoms regardless of latex allergies.  This is basically because the latest non-latex options are made of material that is softer, thinner, more elastic than latex rubber.  In this post, we explain basic facts about non-latex condoms, such as what the differences are between polyisoprene and polyurethane, and what are the advantages and disadvantages of different non-latex options. All condoms, except Lambskin, have the advantage of protecting against both sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancy. Condoms do not require clinical visits, they do not alter hormones nor have physical side effects. Non-latex condoms are a key solution for those who are sensitive to latex.  Options include lambskin, polyurethane and polyisoprene condoms, AT-10 synthetic resin and synthetic nitrile rubber. Lambskin condoms, also known as “natural skin” or “sheepskin”, are one of the oldest methods of birth control.  They are made of a thin layer of cecum which is part of the sheep’s intestine.  The organic matter provides such intimate sensation that many users consider them the closest thing to not wearing a condom.  Lambskin condoms are effective at preventing pregnancy.  However, they do not prevent against sexually transmitted bacteria or viral infections, including herpes and HIV.  Now that there are other latex alternatives, lambskin may decline in popularity as other non-latex options- like polyurethane and polyisoprene- do provide protection against STIs and pregnancy.

Want to know the size and variety of non-latex condoms available on the market?  Do a comparative search at our Condom Calculator or visit our Non-Latex Condom and Dams Size Chart.

What are the benefits of lambskin condoms?

  • Lambskin condoms are suitable for people with latex allergies and sensitivities.
  • They are thin and have a high reputation of providing the best pleasure of all condom types.
  • They transmit body heat better than latex.
  • They are biodegradable
  • They can be used with oil, silicon and water-based lubricants
  • They protect against unwanted pregnancy.
  • They are typically available in most drugstores and can be easily bought online.

What are the disadvantages of lambskin condoms?

  • They do not protect against sexually transmitted infections and diseases.
  • They do not protect against the risks of oral sex.
  • They are expensive; approximately $3.00 each compared to the average Trojan latex condom cost of 0.50 each.
  • Trojan is the only manufacturer of lambskin condoms in North America.
  • They are not vegan

The first FDA approved polyurethane condom was Durex Avanti in the 1990s.  Compared to latex, polyurethane condoms are thinner and do not have a scent.  While very durable, polyurethane is less elastic and snug fitting than latex, making the risk of slippage or breakage higher.  Thus lubrication (oil, silicone, or water-base) is highly recommended for penetrative sex.  In 2009, Durex started manufacturing polyisoprene condoms instead of polyurethane, now called Avanti Bare Real Feel. Today, Trojan SUPRA is the most popular polyurethane condom on the North American market.

Benefits of Polyurethane

  • Thinner and less odor than latex
  • Transmits body heat very well
  • Can be used with oil, silicon and water-based lubricants
  • Available for female condoms and dental dams
  • They cost more than latex condoms, but are cheaper than lambskin
  • Ideal for those who prefer less tight, less body forming fit.

Disadvantages of Polyurethane

  • They are less elastic and are loose fitting compared to latex, thus increasing the risk of malfunction if no lubricant is used.
  • They are not biodegradable
  • Not easily accessible in all drugstores or supermarkets

Polyisoprene came on the market in 2008 by LifeStyles SKYN product line, and soon after Durex re-manufactured Avanti Bare Real Feel with the new material.  It is a natural rubber that is chemically similar to latex, but without the latex allergens.  In comparison to polyurethane condoms, polyisoprene is softer, more supple and form fitting, and slightly thicker (similar thickness to standard latex).  To date, polyisoprene condoms are sold in North America by LifeStyles and Durex.

Advantages of Polyisoprene

  • Softer, more elastic and form-fitting than both latex and polyurethane.
  • They transmit heat better than latex
  • They are cheaper than polyurethane condoms, but not as cheap as latex.

Disadvantages of Polyiosprene

  • Not biodegradable
  • Cannot be used with oil-based lubricants
  • Not made in both male and female form.
  • Not as readily available in stores; easier to find and buy online.

Nitrile Rubber: FC2 is the most common female condom globally and the only female condom available in North America.  In 2009, FC2 began manufacturing with nitrile rubber, which offers the same benefits and protection as polyurethane, but is less expensive to produce.  It is also softer and more supple than polyurethane.

Benefits of Nitrile Rubber

  • Hypo-allergenic
  • Protects against STIs and pregnancy
  • Significantly less expensive than other female condoms
  • Less likely to make the infamous crinkling noises as polyurethane femidoms.
  • Softer, more form-fitting, and supple than polyurethane.
  • Can use oil, silicon and oil-base lubricants

Disadvantages of Nitrile Rubber

  • Not biodegradable
  • 2X more expensive than male condoms
  • Not easily accessible in drugstores and supermarkets

This is a post that will be updated.  If you know of other non-latex condom options, please let us know.  And don’t be shy to ask any questions or leave comments here.