Like our cable or internet connections, condoms only seem to come up when they don’t work. According to the Mayo Clinic, "[external] condoms are generally safe and effective." But there are a few risks associated with condoms: latex allergies mainly and the small percentage of condom breakages during sex (which can lead to pregnancy and STIs). Cleveland Clinic also points out urinary tract infections and irritation (for both men and women) as smaller risks.
If they work as intended, though, they fade into the background and let you focus on the heat of the moment. But, even if they’re working correctly, it’s worth asking if you’re using the right materials (and size) for the best sexual experience.
Shopping for condoms can be overwhelming, considering the sheer number of brands, shapes, sizes, textures, materials, and, yes, flavors available — all promising an ecstatic romp in the sack. Unfortunately, it probably won’t be all that ecstatic if you choose the wrong condom, but fear not, because we’ve got you covered before you get covered. Here’s what you need to know to pick the best condoms to keep you safe, childless, and satisfied in bed.