Everybody wants to enjoy the best sex possible. While condoms get a bad reputation regarding sensitivity, there are many different condoms you can purchase to make sex more enjoyable for yourself and your partner. Whether you are looking for ribbed, dotted, or numbing condoms, all offer their own benefits in the bedroom.

Today, we’ll be looking at these condoms and diving into some of our most popular products to ensure you and your partner get the most out of your sex lives.

Read on for more information.

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Do Condoms Reduce Pleasure During Sex?


Many people maintain that condoms reduce pleasure and intimacy during sex, either from experience or from what they have heard from others.

However, one US study actually disproves the myth that condoms make men lose sensitivity. The study surveyed more than 1,600 men and women between 18 and 59 years old, asking them about the condom and lubricant use during their most recent sexual experiences. The study focused on heterosexual intercourse.

The study asked people whether condom use enhanced or diminished their enjoyment of sex. Interestingly, the study noted that there was no change in a man’s ability to achieve an erection when wearing a condom compared to sex without one.

According to the research, condoms also don’t make much difference in whether couples found sex pleasurable or arousing.

In addition, the study looked into people’s use and general awareness of lubricants in conjunction with condom use. The research showed that many women did not know much about lubricants used during intercourse. For instance, oil-based lubricants can damage a latex condom’s integrity, meaning it is more likely to tear or split.

In conclusion, the study goes some way to change the belief that condoms diminish sexual pleasure. While they may not the height of passion or arousal, they are still 98% effective against pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases. 1

Numbing Condoms: The Best Condoms for Lasting Longer

If you are looking for the best condoms for lasting longer with your partner, you’ll want to check out numbing condoms. These condoms look just like any other condom. However, they contain a special type of lubricant inside. As such, you’ll be able to perform for longer and provide more satisfaction - you won’t even need to reveal your secret if you don’t want to.

These types of condoms are known by several names. For instance, they are sometimes called numbing, delayed ejaculation, benzocaine, or climax control condoms.

How Do Numbing Condoms Work?

Numbing condoms are made with an interior lubricant that contains benzocaine. This is a mild desensitising anaesthetic applied to the tip of your penis, reducing sensitivity once absorbed.

As such, men can enjoy longer sex with their partners. Performance times will change depending on the person, but men can expect to last up to 10 minutes longer during intercourse on average.

Do Numbing Condoms Work?

Yes - numbing condoms do work. However, you should expect your results to differ from somebody else. The best thing to do is experiment with numbing condoms yourself and see how well they work for you. There are many condoms available here at Condoms.uk, some of which you can see below. 2

Ribbed and Dotted Condoms: What’s the Difference

It’s always important to experiment with safe sex until you find condoms that keep you and your partner safe while enhancing the sensations for you both. Ribbed and dotted condoms are a popular choice for men and women alike.

So, what do you need to know about dotted and ribbed condoms, and what sets them apart from other variations?

Firstly, ribbed and dotted condoms can protect against pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections. They also improve stimulation and sensation, helping you achieve a more satisfying sex life.

What are Ribbed and Dotted Condoms?

Ribbed condoms have raised ridges strategically placed to improve sensation during intercourse. Many ribbed condoms are made with ribs only.

However, you can also find ribbed condoms with dots or solely dotted condoms; as you may have already guessed, these condoms feature raised dots that make sex more pleasurable. These dots are placed along the entire length of the condom.

How Do Ribbed and Dotted Condoms Work?

Not only do ribbed condoms provide 98% protection against sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies, but they are also specifically designed to hit pleasure points in your sensitive areas and improve intimacy.

Ribs and dots along the length of the condom provide contrasting sensations during intercourse compared to the otherwise smooth feeling of regular condoms, ensuring sex is more enjoyable for both partners.

Why Should You Use Ribbed or Dotted Condoms?

Textured condoms are an excellent way to improve sexual satisfaction - a must if you feel like condoms ruin the mood for you or your partner. In addition, there are plenty of lubricants and gels you can try to improve sensation alongside those condoms as well, which we’ll cover in more detail shortly. 3, 4

Cooling and Warming Condoms and Lubricant

If you are looking for an entirely new sensation, you may want to consider choosing cooling or warming condoms. These contraceptive options usually have a gel or liquid coating that provides a tingly cool or warm sensation, enhancing pleasure for you and your partner.

In addition, you can also buy cooling or warming lubricants and use a drop or two on a regular condom to achieve the same effect.

You can browse our warming and cooling lubricant section here.

What Else Can You Do to Make Condoms Feel Better?

Lubricated condom

There are numerous things you can try to make condoms feel better. These include:

Use Lubricant Inside the Condom

If you are a man, you may enjoy the added sensation of a drop or two of lube inside the condom. Simply place two drops of water-based lubricant (no more; you don’t want the condom to slide off) inside the tip of the condom to enhance your pleasure. The lube ensures your penis head feels the additional sensation. This is even more beneficial when using a condom with a larger reservoir tip.

We stock numerous Trojan condoms that fit this description. For instance, the Trojan Ecstasy range has a wider top and stronger grip at the base.

You can browse our full range of Trojan condoms here.

Experiment with Different Textures

Condoms aren’t thick, rubbery, and unpleasant anymore. As technology improves, so do contraceptive methods. You can access all sorts of different ribbed, dotted, and numbing condoms nowadays, all of which can benefit your sex life in numerous ways. If one type of ribbed condom doesn’t work for you, try another brand or opt for more dotted condoms. Provided those condoms are EU and BSI certified, they will be just as effective at protecting against pregnancy and STD transmission. What works for you may not work for somebody else - so don’t be afraid to experiment.

Try Putting the Condom on With Foreplay

Many men feel that condoms simply get in the way during sex. They aren’t very romantic and the act of putting the condom on can sometimes kill the mood. Men who’ve had issues with condoms in the past are more likely to experience the same issues unless they change the way they think about condoms in the bedroom. For example, they could ask their partner to try a sexier method of putting the condom on for them. For instance, the partner can combine putting the condom on with foreplay, using the hands and mouth to enhance visual and physical stimulation. Again, experimenting with your preferences is the best way to ensure condoms don’t ruin the mood in the bedroom.

Which Condoms Should I Buy

We stock many condoms in our online store. As well as regular and thin condoms, we also have a huge selection of numbing, dotted, and ribbed condoms. Check out some of our recommendations below.

Best Numbing Condoms

Durex Extended Pleasure Condoms

These condoms are a fantastic option for anybody who is looking to delay their orgasm and boost their own sexual confidence. This makes them the condom of choice for people who experience premature ejaculations or just want to ensure their partner is fully satisfied.

Durex Extended Pleasure Condoms are great for people who need a larger fit, boasting a nominal width of 56mm. The condom also has lubricant on the outside, but you may need a drop more to prevent irritation.

This condom is odourless and tasteless, great for vaginal, oral, and anal sex.

EXS Delay Endurance Condoms

These condoms, much like the Extended Pleasure range from Durex, also feature a numbing agent in the tip. However, they use Lidocaine rather than Benzocaine. The effects are still the same; both are mildly anaesthetic.

The condom also features a silicone-based lubricant on the exterior for increased pleasure for your partner and offers a nominal width of 53mm. In addition, they are odourless and tasteless, perfect for all kinds of sex.

Pasante Delay Infinity Condoms

Like our EXS Delay Endurance Condoms, these Pasante Condoms also come with Lidocaine in the tip. Simply massage the head of your penis once the condom is rolled down to enjoy the anaesthetic benefits.

These condoms are made with natural rubber latex and feature a silicone-based lubricant on the exterior for improved sensation and reduced friction. They are also odourless and flavourless so you can use them during all sexual activities without issue.

Best Dotted Condoms

Skyn Intense Feel Non-Latex Condoms

These condoms are perfect for anybody with a latex allergy or sensitive skin, utilising a polyisoprene construction that is both hypoallergenic and latex-free. They have a dotted pattern down the length of the shaft and thin walls that lead to fantastic sensations and huge climaxes for both partners. We recommend these condoms to women who need substantial, prolonged stimulation to achieve an orgasm. They are also tasteless and odourless, so you can use them for anal and oral sex as well.

Mates Orgazmax Condoms

Mates Orgazmax Condoms are designed with women’s pleasure in mind. They feature a unique pattern containing dozens of dots, boosting sensation and pleasure for both partners. Lubricated with a silicone-based product, partners can achieve easy sliding and satisfying friction without any irritation, though you may want to apply an additional drop of lube if required.

Best Ribbed Condoms

Trojan Ecstasy Ultra Ribbed Condoms

If you are looking for a condom that doesn’t feel too tight but also enhances pleasure, try Trojan Ecstasy Ultra Ribbed Condoms. These condoms are bulbous in shape (most condoms are flared), allowing for additional headroom while tapering at the base to keep it secure during intercourse.

These condoms feature deep ribs at the base and head of the condom, stimulating both partners towards a powerful climax. They have a nominal width of 53mm at the base and 73mm at the midway point. The bulbous tip means this condom does not have a reservoir. However, the snug fit prevents semen from spilling out - they are just as effective as other condoms at preventing pregnancies and disease transmission.


Best Ribbed and Dotted Condoms

Durex Mutual Climax Condoms

Durex Mutual Climax Condoms can make you last longer and help your partner achieve sexual satisfaction quicker, combining the benefits of the Extended Pleasure range with the sensations of the very best ribbed condoms.

Ribs and dots are placed to strategically tease the G-Spot and vaginal walls for a stronger climax, while the Benzocaine lubricant numbs the penis just enough to increase your chances of orgasming together at the same time.

These condoms are made from natural rubber latex and lightly lubricated. You may want to use a drop of additional lube for added sensation. These condoms are designed for vaginal intercourse but may provide a unique sensation for anal intercourse as well.


Best Cooling and Warming Condoms

Skyn 5 Senses Condoms

If you are looking to try cooling or warming condoms, you may want to try Skyn’s 5 Senses variety pack. These condoms are suitable for regular-sized men and made from polyisoprene, perfect if you have allergies or sensitive skin.

Each pack contains five unique condoms, including:

  • 1x SKYN Intense Feel condom (a texture style of condom)
  • 1x SKYN Cocktail Club condom (a passion daiquiri flavoured condom)
  • 1x SKYN Elite condom (an ultra-thin and smooth condom)
  • 1x SKYN Hot condom (a warming condom)
  • 1x SKYN Cool condom (a cooling condom)

Mates Ultimate 3-in-1 Condoms

Mates Ultimate 3-in-1 Condoms combine everything you could want in a condom for maximum sensation and pleasure for both partners. For instance, the condom is both ribbed and dotted but also coated in warming gel to ensure additional satisfaction during intercourse.

These condoms are made with natural latex and have a nominal width of 52mm, so they’ll fit most people with average penis size.

Condoms You Can Trust From Condoms.uk

All the condoms listed above meet or exceed BSI and EU regulations. As such, you’ll find the Kitemark and CE Mark on all of our products.

In addition, we also offer free delivery on orders over £25. Don’t worry, all our packaging is entirely discreet and doesn’t reference condoms, sex aids, lubricants, or anything that you wouldn’t want your neighbours seeing accidentally.

If you would like to see our full range of condoms, follow this link.

Also, if you have any questions regarding our products, delivery, or anything else condom-related, feel free to contact us and a member of our customer service team will be happy to help.


  1. https://www.nicswell.co.uk/health-news/sex-using-condoms-is-just-as-good/
  2. https://www.menshealth.com/uk/sex/g26853475/premature-ejaculation-condoms/
  3. https://greatist.com/play/how-pick-best-condom/
  4. https://www.healthline.com/health/healthy-sex/disadvantages-of-dotted-condoms/
May 11, 2022
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