Condom Types and Styles to Explore

Different Condom Styles and Which to Choose

Picking out condoms can be a fun experience. But with so many condom types on the market, how do you choose between them? An important thing to consider is whether or not you plan to use the condom as contraception or if you are just want to use it for sex play. If you need a condom for pregnancy or STD protection, make sure to read the condom label to see if it is approved by the FDA for those purposes. Also, make sure to check the expiration date to make sure that the condom is safe to use. Here are some of the different types of condoms available.

Glow-in-the-Dark Condoms

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Glow-in-the-Dark Condoms. Photo © Dawn Stacey

Glow-in-the-dark condoms are a fun condom type. Most brands are  FDA approved—so they don't just glow-in-the-dark, these condoms also help to prevent pregnancy and STDs. Glow-in-the-dark condoms are usually non-toxic and will glow after about 30 seconds of exposure to ordinary light (be sure to expose the condom to the light before putting it on). Glow-in-the-dark condom tend to be made of three layers. The inner and the outer layer consist of regular latex while the third layer contains a safe pigment that begins to glow and is sealed between the two latex layers. This type of condom makes for a fun surprise.

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Flavored Condoms

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Flavored Condoms. Photo © Dawn Stacey

Many condom brands claim that their condoms have great flavors and tantalizing aromas. Flavored condoms are a type of condom that can add some adventure in the bedroom. The flavor may be contained in the lubricant or directly on the condom.

Some flavored condoms are even colored to match the flavor (such as red for strawberry flavor, yellow for banana). Flavors can include mint, grape, orange, banana, strawberry, bubblegum, and even chocolate, vanilla, bacon, and cola.

These types of condoms are meant to add a yummy dimension to oral sex, and many of the condom brands are also FDA-approved for strength and protection. If you are planning to use these condoms for vaginal sex, make sure they are sugar-free—sugar flavored condoms can throw off the pH in the vagina, which can lead to yeast infections.

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Studded or Textured Condoms

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Studded/Textured Condoms. Photo © Dawn Stacey

Most of us have heard the advertising expression, "ribbed for her pleasure." These types of condom are shaped and textured to increase pleasure for either the female, male or both partners (depending on where the raised studs and/or ribs are).

Some of these condoms have two sections of ribs, on the top and at the base, which adds stimulation in just the right place for females. Others contain hundreds of raised studs, on the outside for female satisfaction and/or on the inside to enhance male enjoyment.

These condom types are sometimes marketed for mutual pleasure and tend to be wider, have bulb-like tips, and a more contoured shape—which increases male comfort and allows nerve endings to remain at their most sensitive state (this adds significantly more male pleasure). Make sure to check for FDA approval (most are).

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Warming Condoms

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Warming Condoms. Photo © Dawn Stacey

Warming condoms tend to be made of thinner latex, which helps to heighten sensation. This type of condom is designed to enhance sensual pleasure through the release of gentle, warm sensations for both partners. They usually contain a warming lubricant that is activated by natural body moisture, so it heats up during sexual intercourse.

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Pleasure Shaped

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Pleasure Shaped Condoms. Photo © Dawn Stacey

The idea behind pleasure-shaped condoms is that they tend to be looser with enlarged, pouch-like tips. The wider tops of this condom type allow for more friction because the extra latex stimulates the nerve endings at the tip of the penis.

Some of these pleasure-shaped condoms, like Trojan Twisted, also introduce a winding, twisting shape that allows for more vigorous action. This type of design stimulates nerve endings and heightens sensitivity for both women and men.

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Colored Condoms

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Colored Condoms. pederk/Getty Images

Condoms are available in almost every color—in fact, you can even find tri-colored condoms that feature the national colors of countries, such as America, France, Spain, Russia, and Italy. Dual-color condoms are also available, which may be fun to use during the holidays—like a black and orange condom for Halloween, red and green for Christmas, and pink and red condom for your Valentine.

Many of the colored types of condoms are FDA-approved for the prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, so make sure to read the label on the condom.

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Sensis Condoms With "QuikStrips"

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Sensis Condoms. Photo © Dawn Stacey

Sensis Condoms (lubricated and made of latex) represent the first new FDA-approved condom technology in over 50 years. These condoms have QuickStrips—which work very much like the pull-off tabs on a band-aid. They help you put on the condom, avoiding a common pitfall that can lead to condom failure.

When the Sensis condom is taken out of its foil package, the ridged ends of the pull-down strips are uncovered on the top side of the condom. You can then feel for these ridges, and by holding the QuikStrips, you can pull down the condom and quickly and correctly put it on (then discard of the strips).

They are available in thin and micro-dot ribbed option, which has a contoured shape (for a comfortable fit) and dots/bumps and ribbed rings to provide pleasure to both men and women.

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Kiss of Mint Condoms

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Kiss of Mint Condoms. Photo © Dawn Stacey

Mint condoms are an invigorating type of condom. LifeStyles brand offers Kiss of Mint—these are non-lubricated and are coated with a mint flavored powder that provides a sweet spearmint taste. Trustex Mint condoms are green in color and are made of a sugar-free formula. Although mint condoms tend to be a real favorite for safe oral sex, they are FDA-approved for pregnancy protection as well. These condoms tend to be a little bit wider than average condoms and have a flared, reservoir tip (it balloons out a bit) which allows for heightened male sensation.

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French Ticklers

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French Tickler Condoms. Photo © Dawn Stacey

These types of condom either have a soft rubber tickler tip or are made of soft jelly. Tickler condoms fit over the penis and come in various styles of nodules, nubs, and ridges and shapes that provide stimulation by "tickling" the inner walls of the vagina.

These condoms types are considered to be novelty condoms, so they do not provide prevention of pregnancy or disease. They might be used by couples where the woman is using a hormonal or permanent birth control method. If not, a man can wear a regular condom underneath the tickler to ensure pregnancy protection.

Tingling Pleasure Condoms

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Tingling Condoms. Photo © Dawn Stacey

Some condoms, like Durex's Tingle brand, contain a safe spearmint tingling lubricant as well as a minty scent. Tingling pleasure condoms are a condom type formulated to provide an intensifying, tingling experience for both partners.

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Edible Condoms

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Edible Condoms. Photo © Dawn Stacey

There are different brands of edible condoms that you can choose from. This type of condom usually comes in packs of four and are available in a variety of flavors. The condom is rolled on, and then can be eaten off! Edible condoms are for novelty use only—they do not provide any type of protection against pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases.

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A Word From Verywell

You can be playful in choosing a condom while also protecting yourself and your partner. Whether you're buying them for your partner or yourself, you have more choices than ever before. Be sure to check whether it is FDA-approved for protection against pregnancy or STDs as needed.

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