Unlike thin condoms that can increase pleasure, thick condoms can be helpful for men who want to decrease the sensation.
Men who have a problem with premature ejaculation should try using this kind of condom.
One big misconception I’ve heard is that you can use two condoms at once for this purpose. That’s not smart and is actually dangerous, because these two condoms will cause friction that increases the chances of condom breakage significantly.
Besides decreasing the sensation, thick condoms are more tear resistant, therefore they are considered a bit safer than regular condoms. For that reason some recommend these condoms for anal sex. People who want to feel extra safe will also use them.
Now, you wont usually find condoms being labeled as “thick” or “thickest”, but extra strength condoms are usually thicker than average.
One of the thickest condoms is Lifestyles Extra Strength, with the thickness of 0.09 mm. For comparison, regular condoms are usually around 0.07 mm thick, while ultra thin latex condoms are around 0.05 mm thick (these days there are even thinner condoms and you can learn more about them in the thinnest condoms post)
Update 2013-06: Our reader pointed me to the even thicker condom – Okamoto GOKU-ATSU, which is 0.1 mm thick. So besides moving the boundaries of the thin condoms, this popular Japanese brand also took the thickest condom crown. Respect for Okamoto! UPDATE 2014-10: So far the reviews of Okamoto GOKU-ATSU on Amazon.com are pretty low. It seems like Lifestyles Extra Strength is still a better choice.
Others thick condoms worth mentioning are:
- Durex Extra Strength (0,08 mm thick)
- Trustex Assorted Flavors Extra Strength (0,09 mm thick)
- Lifestyles Ultra Ribbed (0,08 mm thick)
- Durex Performax (0,07 mm thick) – this one also contains a special lubricant that helps you last longer
- Trojan Magnum (0,07 mm thick)
Condoms that have an “extra safe” label should also be somewhat thicker than average. Durex Extra Safe is one such example (it’s 0.08 mm thick) and they say that this condom is also a good choice for first timers. This condom is, however, hard to find in the US; it’s primarily being sold on the UK and EU market.