Choosing the Right Condom
Condoms come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colours and flavours. All of these differences are designed to suit different personal preferences and needs, as well as to enhance pleasure.
Unfortunately, this can sometimes complicate the process of choosing condoms, especially for first time buyers. So here we have put together a short guide to help you choose the perfect condom for your tastes and requirements.
Like men, penises come in different shapes — and so do condoms. Most have straight sides, with a reservoir (or teat) at the end to collect the semen.
But some men are a little bigger at the head, so some condoms are ‘shaped’ to accommodate this.
Other condoms are slightly narrower below the head and along the shaft, to hug the contours of the penis more closely (try Pasante Trim).
Condoms are designed to fit snugly around the penis, so it is important that you select a condom which is suited to your size. The vast majority of penis sizes are catered for by the big brand condoms stocked by Freedoms Shop.
All of the condoms in the Freedoms Shop clearly state their length and width, so it is possible to pick a pack based upon the size of your penis. This will increase the likelihood that the condoms fit snugly around your penis, and offer comprehensive protection.
Condom thickness is more of a personal preference than anything for both the wearer and the partner. The thickness of the condom can affect the sensation felt by both parties.
Thinner condoms may be preferred by those who wish to feel every sensation, whilst thicker condoms may be preferential for those who wish to control their stimulation (perhaps in order to last longer).
Condoms can be fun as well as practical, providing an extra element of excitement to sex. Offering additional sensations and features; special condoms are popular with those looking to add an extra dimension to their sex life.
These features include fun flavours and sexy stimulants such as extra ribs and dots or cooling and warming sensations.
Condoms are usually made from either:
- Latex: a kind of natural rubber.
- Non-Latex: a type of plastic. These are popular amongst people who are allergic to latex.
When choosing condoms, it is important to check whether they are marked with British and European safety standard marks. The CE and Kite marks demonstrate that the condoms are safe to use, authorised by the British Standards Institution and the EU, as well as meeting the requirements of the Medical Device Directive.
All of the products stocked in the Freedoms Shop meet these standards, and a batch from each of the manufacturers is sent to test every month – ensuring they consistently meet the highest standards.The CE mark indicates that the product meets the requirements of the Medical Device Directive, which covers the safety and efficacy of the product and is a legal requirement to be able to sell the product in the EU. This includes compliance with essential requirements of product risk assessment, bio-compatibility testing, examination of clinical data, and in process testing during manufacture.
The Kite mark is a UK product and service quality certification mark which is owned and operated by the British Standards Institution (BSI), who issues a licence to manufacturers whose products comply with this quality standard. In order for manufacturers to apply the Kite mark to their product packaging, the BSI independently tests these products - a batch of condoms from the manufacturer is tested regularly e.g. every month, to see whether it meets the standard of ISO 4074.
Products sold here at Freedoms Shop will state in the product description the application of these compliance marks to Industry Standards, and the boxes or foils themselves should carry the marks also. If the product is broken down from the box it came in from the manufacturer (in order for ease of postage to our customers), the product description will indicate this and the impact this has on the Industry Standards markings of the product.
If you are uncertain about a product you have received from us in regards to the Kitemark or CE mark, please contact us and we will endeavour to reassure you, or we will contact the manufacturer in question, in order to resolve your query.