If you’re like us, you were probably holding the preconceived notion that condoms are solely for family planning (aka birth control) and STI protection, and, in general, just not that awesome.
You might be surprised to learn that condom use is way down. According to condom giant Trojan and the Sex Information and Education Council of Canada (SIECCAN), ‘midlife’ adults (age 40 – 59), though more sexually explorative than ever, are not being very careful when it comes to STI prevention. Not very careful at all!
Part of the issue lies in the stigma around condoms being a pleasure inhibitor, so to speak. They’ve got a bad rap, if you want to force a pun.
Lucky for us, there are more uses for condoms than just protection against unwanted diseases or surprise babies (those are, however, some of the happy side effects of using condoms). Turns out, theses little latex tubes can actually enhance our sex life. And who doesn’t want that?
To celebrate the magnificence that is the current state of the condom market — seriously, Big Condom has been upping their game in a major way — we’re calling attention to all the reasons we love these latex marvels.
First off, we’re betting you weren’t aware of just all the options you have these days.
Like heating and cooling condoms. Yeah, they’re a thing. (There’s heating and cooling lube too.)
And you likely knew there were ribbed condoms. But had you any idea just how many types?
There are over 40 different search results alone on CondomDepot.com. From Trustex Ribbed & Studded, which promise “a bone-shakingly bumpy ride,” to TROJAN Groove, with grooves to help keep the lube in place, to Kimono’s Textured Type-E condoms, which have a thin ribbed texture, there’s a lot to be explored. May we recommend the textured condom sampler pack? You know, to really get a feel for which feels best.
Got a latex allergy? It doesn’t matter. You can still wear condoms!
According to LifeStyles® FAQ, up to four per cent of the population is actually allergic to latex. Luckily, there are plenty of latex-free condom options, including SKYN from LifeStyles.
There are delicious options that sound good enough to eat. And you can.
From boozy whisky to fruity options like cherry or banana, flavoured condoms are a good conversation starter. Or finisher. According to Durex, they’re “intended primarily for vaginal sex,” but also “safe if ingested.” Bon appetit!
The ones that vibrate add an extra layer of buzzing pleasure.
The small battery-powered vibrator at the base is meant to stimulate the man’s shaft and the woman’s clitoris. Ah, technology. If you’re the DIY type, you can also use a vibrating penis ring in combination with a regular condom.
Sizes! All the sizes! So many sizes!
Condom brand ONE is slated to release a line of domers with 56 different sizing options. So, they should have your man’s size.
Carrying condoms has never been cooler.
Still shy about protection? There are totally stylish and discreet options to carry ’em around thanks to this crafty DIYer on Etsy.
You can both enjoy an orgasm at the same time.
If you’ve been using the pull-out method, you’ll now be able to enjoy the immense pleasure of the not-pulling-out method.
They’re retro in the best way possible.
The oldest recorded condom use is somewhere between 12,000-15,000 years ago, painted in a cave in France.
They last way longer than you must expect.
Most condoms have a shelf life of up to 4 years. How long are your birth control pills good for?
They’re also heavily tested for teensy tears and holes, with water and air.
According to TROJAN, “each condom travels on a stainless steel mold into a water solution charged with an electric current. If the current passes through the condom to the mold, there’s a hole in the condom and it’s off to the “reject” bin.” Each one. So stop worrying that there’s a pinprick hole! There likely isn’t.
Crowdfunding sites are making innovators get creative.
There are wild new condom ideas popping up all over the internet (though many still in the prototype stage) like Origami Condoms, which are touted as the “the first NON-rolled condom ever designed,” and the Galactic Cap, which is like a little hat for the head of the penis to wear.
Of course, it’s women who have the power, and in turn do most of the condom buying.
It’s estimated that 40 percent of condoms sold are purchased by women. Way to go, ladies!
There’s never been a better time to be a condom fan, so roll one on and enjoy the safest (and sexiest) experiences of your life.