With all of the hype surrounding next-level thin condoms, there are a lot of questions about how they hold up. Luckily, as long as they’re made to strict standards, they’re just as sturdy as other condoms.
However, it’s important to remember that condoms can break if they are too tight, not used with lubricant (especially oil-based), or the wrong size.
The goal of thinner condoms is to put as little material between you and your partner for maximum feeling without compromising protection and reliability. They also feel more natural and may help you orgasm harder than regular condoms because they allow your penis to really feel the sensation of heat and lubrication.
You’ll find a wide selection of thin condoms at online adult stores and drugstores like Boots, Superdrug and Holland and Barrett. Many of these are coated in a water-based lube, which is better for sensitive skin than silicone-based. The slimmest condoms are available in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit your penis perfectly.
In terms of thickness, most thin condoms are around 0.04 to 0.08 millimeters in diameter. But there are a few brands that go even thinner than that, with some ultra-thin condoms reaching the 0.02 millimeter mark or less.
Regardless of their thickness, thin condoms are just as effective at preventing unwanted pregnancy and STIs as standard condoms are. And they’re subjected to the same rigorous testing standards that all condoms must pass before hitting store shelves.
Whether you choose to try out a thinner condom or stick with your favorite type, always follow the instructions on the box to get it on correctly and make sure that you’re using the right lube, too. That means putting a drop in the tip (usually) and rolling it onto your penis with a firm, quick motion.
They’re more flexible
Condoms are made from flexible materials like latex and polyurethane. They’re designed to bend and stretch to fit you, so that they’re less likely to break. And if you do have trouble with condoms breaking, it’s usually due to poor technique or too much friction. It’s important to learn how to put condoms on correctly and use plenty of lube (natural or store-bought) to reduce friction.
There are a few brands that offer super-thin condoms for a ‘barely there’ feel. These are usually coated in a luxuriously smooth lube to make it easier for you to forget about them during sex. Some of the best-known ultra-thin condoms include Pasante Unique and Trojan BareSkin Raw.
Ultra-thin condoms still protect you from pregnancy and STDs just as well as standard ones, so it’s worth giving them a try if you want to increase sensation during sex. They’re also great for people who have a hard time orgasming while wearing condoms, as they can give you more control over your climax.
If you do have a problem with thin condoms breaking, it’s most often caused by poor technique or too much friction. Make sure you and your partner are both comfortable putting them on, and use plenty of lube. If you have a tendency to withdraw too soon after intercourse, consider using female condoms to help your experience last longer.
They’re easier to store
One of the most common worries about thin condoms is that they will break more easily than standard ones. This is not true, as they are still made with advanced materials and manufacturing techniques that make them as durable and strong as thicker ones. Whether they’re thin or thick, you should store them properly, never expose them to extreme heat or cold, and always use water-based lubricants instead of oils. Putting them in your wallet or pockets, using them with lotions and other chemicals, and leaving them out for too long can all wear down the material and make them more susceptible to breakage.
During intercourse, condoms are at the most risk of breakage when they’re too tight or loose. They are also at more risk if they’re exposed to certain irritants like oil-based lubricants or treatments for anal thrush.
It’s much more unusual for condoms to break during oral sex than it is for them to break during intercourse. If they do, it’s usually a sign that the person wearing them is not wearing them correctly, or that they’re using an inappropriate lubricant. This is why it’s important to use a good quality latex condom that fits, and to be sure to use a lubricant with the right consistency. It’s also a good idea to use an extra condom if you’re going for a longer session, or you switch positions frequently.
They’re less fun
If you’re using an ultra-thin condom, it’s important to pair it with lubricant. Not only does it increase pleasure for both partners, but it also reduces friction that can lead to breakage.
However, don’t use oil-based lubricants with your thin condoms! These can damage latex and cause it to become dry or brittle. Try a water or silicone-based lubricant instead.
Thin condoms aren’t more likely to break than standard thickness ones, as long as they meet country-specific quality control standards, like the Kitemark in the UK. They’re designed to allow more sensation and can still be used to protect against pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STDs).
There are plenty of thin condom options on the market, so finding one that suits you is easy. The Wink line from Japanese manufacturer Okamoto is a popular choice, with their Sheer and Thin options, both of which are extra sensitive and have a little more bumps and ridges.
Remember that all condoms are only 98% effective if they’re used correctly, so it’s essential to make sure you’re following best practice when getting your johnnies on. That means reading and following the instructions on the box, checking for a tight fit and using lubricant if required. It’s also important to choose a condom that fits you well, and check that it’s within its expiry date.