What are ultra thin condoms?
Ultra thin condoms are condoms made of very thin natural or synthetic latex. Most condoms in this category are thinner than 0.06mm, which is thinner than a strand of hair.
This type of condom has been designed to enhance pleasure and intimacy between partners whilst still protecting you from pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.
How thin are ultra thin condoms?
Ultra thin condoms can vary in thickness from around 15 microns (0.015mm) to 55 microns (0.055mm). Considering that the average thickness of a strand of hair is 0.07mm, all ultra thin condoms are designed to be almost invisible.
The main advantage of thin condoms is the efficient heat conduction. Thin condoms enhance the feeling of intimacy and, if sized right, they will deliver almost skin-to-skin sensations.
The actual thickness varies from latex to non-latex condoms. The latter are made of polyisoprene, a synthetic type of rubber that is more elastic and stretchy than latex. Due to the different properties of the material, manufacturers can make thin polyisoprene condoms that have the same resistance as standard or thick latex condoms.
What brands make ultra thin condoms?
All condom manufacturers know that the main complaint people have in regard to condoms is the reduced sensations. Thus, most brands included in their range at least one ultra thin option. More often than not, you’ll be able to choose from two or more thin condoms from most brands. Here are some of the most popular choices.
- Durex Thin Feel: On the thicker side of ultra-thin condoms, Durex Thin Feel is 0.055mm thick and have a nominal width of 56mm. This size suits most men, including those who need a slightly larger condom. Like most Durex condoms, the Thin Feel are 205mm long and are made of natural rubber latex. These condoms have a smooth, silky texture and are lightly lubricated.
- Durex Thin Feel Extra Lubricated: The only difference between Thin Feel classic, and Extra Lubricated is the abundant quantity of lubricant present on the Extra Lubricated variant. These condoms are more suitable to use for anal sex or to combat vaginal dryness. Alternatively, you can use Durex Thin Feel with the intimate lubricant of your choice (make sure it’s a condom-friendly lube).
- Durex Invisible Extra Sensitive: With a thickness of only 45 microns, Durex Invisible condoms are the thinnest from the brand. They are also smaller, suitable for men who need a 52mm condom. The length of 180mm suits most men. Like Thin Feel, Durex Invisible are also available in an extra lubricated version.
- Glyde Ultra: Suitable for men who need a regular size condom, Glyde Ultra has a nominal width of 53mm and is 180mm long. These condoms are 0.055mm thick and have a very smooth texture that feels silky on the skin. Glyde condoms are an excellent choice for people with a vegan lifestyle – they are fair trade and vegan certified by the Vegan Society.
- SKYN Elite: We mentioned already that non-latex condoms are often thinner than the latex variety. SKYN Elite is one of those condoms. Made of polyisoprene, SKYN Elite has a thickness of 50 microns and is 53mm wide. SKYN Elite condoms are suitable for people with latex allergies and come in packs of 10 condoms.
- EXS Nano Thin: Regular in size, EXS Nano Thin condoms are made of natural rubber latex and have an anatomical design. Their flared head enhances comfort and allows for a wider range of movement. These condoms are 53mm wide and 195mm long. They have a thickness of 45 microns and a silky smooth texture.
- EXS Air Thin: The main difference between the Air Thin and Nano Thin condoms is the size. Air Thin are larger, with a nominal width of 56mm. They have the same length and thickness as Nano Thin, but suit men with a thicker penis. Like the Nano Thin, EXS Air Thin condoms have an anatomical design and comfortable fit. They’re made of natural rubber latex and are vegan certified by the Vegan Society.
- Mates Ultra Thin: In the 53mm category, you can also find Mates Ultra Thin condoms. Slightly shorter than the EXS, they have a length of 180mm and are 0.050mm thick. These condoms have a straight wall design and are lightly lubricated to reduce friction. They are made of natural rubber latex.
- ON Super Thin: Slightly larger than Mates and EXS Nano Thin, ON Super Thin condoms have a nominal width of 54mm and are 185mm long. These condoms come in fun, colourful packaging and have a thickness of only 55 microns. The classic, straight wall design ensures a tight fit, making these condoms perfect for those who like a snugger feel.
- Pasante Silk Thin: Pasante is as popular as Durex and EXS, and the brand proposes several ultra thin condom options. One of the most popular is Pasante Silk Thin – 40 micron thick condoms with a nominal width of 53mm. These condoms are made of natural rubber latex and have a silky smooth surface. They are a perfect choice for all types of sex.
- Pasante Feel: Another option of thin condoms from the brand is Pasante Feel. The main difference between them and the Silk Thin is the slightly thicker structure of these condoms, which are 0.055mm thick. Pasante Feel condoms have the same nominal width and length as Pasante Silk Thin.
- Pasante Sensiva: Made of polyisoprene, Pasante Sensiva are a type of ultra thin non-latex condoms. These condoms suit men who need a larger size condom – with a nominal width of 58mm, they are slightly larger than Durex Thin Feel. Pasante Sensiva condoms are among the thinnest on the market; they’re only 28 microns (0.028mm) thick. Each condom comes packed in an easy-to-open round pot instead of the classic wrapper, so you won’t have to be concerned about damaging the condom while you’re opening it.
- Pasante Unique: Even thinner than Sensiva, Pasante Unique condoms are 0.015mm thick and have a nominal width of 60mm. They suit men who need a large size condom and are perfect to use by people with latex allergies. In fact, these condoms are also made of polyisoprene. Like Pasante Sensiva, Pasante Unique are lightly lubricated for increased comfort.
- Skins Ultra Thin: There may be some confusion between Skins and SKYN, but the two are different brands. Skins stands out thanks to its youthful, colourful packaging featuring vibrant colours and a fun design. The Ultra Thin condoms from the brand are made of natural rubber latex (SKYN condoms are made of polyisoprene) and have a thickness of 55 microns. These condoms have a nominal width of 55mm and are 190mm long. Despite their transparent colour, these condoms are infused with a light vanilla scent that makes them perfect for all types of sex.
- Vitalis Super Thin: From the same manufacturer as ON condoms, Vitalis Super Thin are some of the thickest condoms in this category – they are 0.060mm thick. This means they are slightly stronger than other natural rubber latex condoms and more than suitable to use for anal or vigorous sex. These condoms have a nominal width of 53mm and are 180mm long. You can find them right here at Condoms.uk in packs of 12 or 100 condoms.
Are ultra thin condoms safe for anal sex?
For a long time, specialists recommended the use of thick condoms for anal sex. However, recent research showed that there is no real reason to use thick condoms.
In a study involving 283 male couples, scientists found that the failure rate for thick condoms (0.074mm thick) compares to the failure rate for ultra thin condoms (0.012mm thick) – 2.5% and 2.3%, respectively, with correct condom use.
The two most important things to successfully using thin condoms for anal sex are condom sizing and lubrication.
Using the right size condom is essential regardless of the condom thickness. Even if latex is an elastic material, it can only stretch so much. If the condom is too tight, you’re risking that it will break during intercourse.
In the case of anal sex, the greater friction and the lack of natural lubrication increase the chances of condom breakage if you’re using a too small condom.
Apart from the risk of catching or transmitting an infection, the condom or pieces of it can get stuck inside your partner and could be very difficult to find and remove without a doctor’s help. Thus, you should measure your penis and buy condoms that have the right size.
As far as lubrication is concerned, the anus doesn’t lubricate itself. Whilst most condoms are pre-lubricated, you might want to use additional lubricant for easier gliding. Using additional lubricant can also enhance pleasure and make anal sex much more enjoyable for your partner.
Here at Condoms.uk, we stock a wide range of water and silicone-based anal lubricants you can choose from, all of which are condom-friendly.
Can I use ultra thin condoms if my partner suffers from vaginal dryness?
Yes. Using thinner condoms if your partner has vaginal dryness can actually make sex more enjoyable for her.
Vaginal dryness is a condition that can affect women of all ages. It is more frequent in women after menopause, but if your partner is using hormonal contraceptives or suffers from hormonal imbalances, her body might fail to auto-lubricate.
A common misconception is that vaginal dryness means a lack of arousal. However, sexual arousal has nothing to do with the absence of lubrication. Your partner may be aroused even if she’s not wet. And this is where intimate lubricants step in.
Thin condoms and abundant lubricant can help your partner enjoy sex to the fullest – the experience could be uncomfortable or even painful otherwise. For the best results, you could even try extra lubricated condoms, such as Durex Thin Feel Extra Lubricated.
What type of lubricants are compatible with ultra thin condoms?
Ultra thin condoms are compatible with water-based and silicone-based lubricants. Because ultra thin condoms are made of natural rubber latex or polyisoprene, you should never use them with massage oils, body lotions, creams, or Vaseline because oils and petroleum products can damage the condom structure.
Can ultra thin condoms cause latex allergy?
If they are made of natural rubber latex, ultra thin condoms can cause allergic reactions if you’re allergic to latex.
Latex allergy is a very rare condition which affects less than 1 in 1,000 people in the UK. Most people will only have mild symptoms, including rashes and irritation on the portion of skin that has come in contact with the latex condom.
You may also have hives or moderate symptoms including rashes or hives on other areas of your body, coughing, sneezing, and water eyes.
In rare cases, however, latex allergy can be life-threatening. Severe symptoms include breathing difficulty, arrhythmia, wheezing, and even loss of consciousness. Women usually have more severe symptoms after using a latex condom because the vaginal lining absorbs latex proteins faster than the penis skin.
If you believe that you are allergic to latex, we recommend using non-latex condoms to stay on the safe side.
Where can I buy ultra thin condoms?
You can buy ultra thin condoms right here at Condoms.uk. On our site, you can choose from a wide range of thin condoms, all of which are genuine and sourced directly from brands or their official suppliers here in the UK.
Do Condoms.uk offer discreet delivery?
Yes. All orders you place on Condom.uk are delivered in discreet, non-branded packaging to protect your privacy. Our packaging is generic and doesn’t include any references to this website, condoms, lubricants, or sex toys. The only label present on the envelope or box will be a label with your address and a return P.O. Box address. Thus, you can place your order in all confidence, resting assured your privacy will be protected at all times. Browse our range right now to find the best ultra thin condoms for you.