You probably don’t give much thought to condoms when it comes to your pleasure. After all, you use them to protect yourself from STIs and an unintended pregnancy, and their effectiveness is priority number one.
While condoms usually do their job when they’re used correctly, they can do more than just offer protection. In fact, some of the best condoms on the market can actually enhance a woman’s experience. “There are many different types of condoms out there for pleasure,” says sex therapist Debra Laino.
Textures are a big bonus when you’re using a condom—some brands offer ridges or studs, which can create different sensations in your vagina. “That’s very pleasurable for many women,” Laino says.
Of course, everyone is different and the type of condom that one woman obsesses over over just might not do it for you, and that’s okay. “Some people like the feeling of ribbed and other textured versions and others report that they don’t experience any difference in pleasure,” says Jessica O’Reilly, Ph.D., host of the @SexWithDrJess Podcast.
Ultimately, the fit, texture, flavor, and brand is a matter of personal taste, which is why it’s a good idea to experiment to see what works best for you and your partner, O’Reilly says.
Given that there are a bunch of condoms out there that promise to enhance your pleasure (and his), it’s tough to know where to start. That’s why we polled sex experts to determine the best condoms for women. Try one—or a few—until you find a favorite.
1. TROJAN BARESKIN
These condoms are 40 percent thinner than your average rubber, allowing you to get closer while still being protected. This “feels more natural, which many women like,” Laino says.
Buy it: $7.50 for 10, jet.com
2. GLYDE SLIMFIT
Glyde bills itself as the smallest condom approved by the FDA, and it allows for a snug fit which feels great for both of you. The condoms are also veganand non-toxic, and doesn’t have a strong, rubbery odor like a lot of other condoms, Laino says. “Even their flavoring is organic,” O’Reilly says.
Buy it: $15 for 12, jet.com
3. TROJAN NATURALAMB
Lambskin condoms are much thinner than rubber condoms, and they tend to have a more natural feel. “These give women a deeper sense of intimacy as they do not feel like latex,” Laino says. Just keep this in mind: Lambskin condoms are more porous than latex versions and they don’t protect against STIs. So use this with your steady, monogamous partner—not for a one-night stand.
Buy it: $9 for three, jet.com
4. CROWN SKINLESS SKIN
These condoms are ultra-thin to give it a natural feel, enhancing your pleasure and his. They also don’t have a strong latex smell like some other brands, O’Reilly says.
Buy it: $25 for 24, walgreens.com
5. ONE PLEASURE PLUS
This condom has a “pleasure pouch” near the head, which can enhance your experience. “Some women feel more sensitivity against their G-spot because of the extra pouch,” O’Reilly says. The rubbers also have internal ribbing, which is a bonus for your guy.
Buy it: $6 for three, jet.com
6. SUSTAIN ULTRA THIN
Sustain condoms tend to have a tighter fit, creating more of a natural feel for you, Laino says. They’re also fair trade and non-toxic, making them a good choice if you want protection with an eco-friendly side.
Buy it: $9.50 for 10, jet.com