Some males think that with thinner condoms, they could be physically more intimate with their partner, and thus have a more pleasurable experience. However, the thickness of a condom itself has no relations with the effectiveness of prevention STIs transmission.
Common designs include studded, ribbed etc., which increase friction between penis and vagina during intercourse. Similarly, the designs have no relations with the effectiveness of prevention of STIs transmission.
Designed to induce increased sensation during sex. Some claim that warming sensation could make climaxing easier, and that cooling sensation can prolong the intercourse. Similarly, it has no relations with the effectiveness of prevention of STIs transmission.
Some condoms are lubricated with lubricant containing benzocaine, a type of anesthetic, at its tip, which decreases sensitivity of the tip of the penis during sex and therefore increases duration of sexual intercourse. It is said that due to the low concentration of benzocaine used, there are little to no adverse effects caused to the body.
Some condoms are made of thicker material, so as to decrease the sensitivity of the tip of the penis and similarly to extend the intercourse.
Condoms of different sizes are made to suit penises of different sizes. Using a condom of correct size can prevent the condom from slipping off or breaking during sex.
Some condoms contain flavoured (e.g. strawberry, orange, banana etc.) powder or lubricants at the tip to cover up the taste of the latex or polyurethane. Flavoured condoms, when used together with lubricants, could also be used for vaginal or anal sex.
Thin, latex sheets used during cunnilingus or oral sex. It covers the vaginal opening or anus for a more hygienic and comfortable oral sex.
Can be used to increase lubrication, decrease discomfort caused by fingernails, and provide barrier from harmful substances such as germs from entering the vagina during fingering.
Like the male condoms, female condoms can be used to prevent pregnancy and STIs. It gives women greater power of self-protection. Even when the male partners refuse to use condoms, women can choose to wear a female condom before sex and by doing so take back the autonomy and right of self-protection. However, due to the fact that few people use female condoms, the cost is higher than the one of male condoms, which makes them difficult to access.