If you enjoy anal sex, it’s important to choose the right condom. Some condoms just aren’t appropriate or effective for anal sex as lubrication, tightness and other factors will come into play.
Here’s what you need to know before choosing the best condoms for anal sex:
Make sure to use plenty of Lube
First, it’s critical to choose a condom that provides proper lubrication. Without proper lubrication, the condom is highly likely to come off during anal sex. It can even tear, break or dislodge during thrusting.
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This is because the anal canal is typically much tighter than a vagina. In addition, the vagina usually provides its own natural lubrication, whereas the anus requires external lubrication. So, choosing a condom that includes enough lubrication is essential.
Even when using lubricated condoms, it’s still advised to use plenty of personal lubricant. A lubricant will allow much easier penetration and thrusting and won’t cause the condom to come off, tear or dislodge.
Make sure the condom protects against STIs
You also want to be sure to choose condoms that are made of the right material. Latex condoms are the standard material that condoms are made of, and the latex provides a strong barrier for sperm and for sexually transmitted diseases.
One type of condoms you want to avoid for anal sex is lambskin condoms. Lambskin is the first material used historically for pregnancy prevention.
However, ancient man did not have to worry about things like HIV. Lambskin is great if your main concern is prevention of pregnancy.
However, lambskin condoms do not provide reliable protection against sexually transmitted infections as they have pores that can allow infected bodily fluids through. Therefore, lambskin is to be avoided if you mainly engage in anal sex.
Don’t use Warming Condoms
Another type of condom you want to avoid is the type that offers warming or cooling sensations.
These condoms are quite trendy in recent years. They have a substance on the condom which provides a warming and cooling sensation to both partners.
The chemicals used to create this sensation are not a good idea to introduce into the anal cavity. The chemicals could cause unwanted sensations such as burning or itching.
You’ll typically want to go for water or silicon based lubricants. Oil based lubricants or things like petroleum jelly can cause the condom to break down. Some good brands of lubricants to consider for anal sex are Astroglide, Pjur or Wet. See more suggestions at this page.
While the FDA has not specifically approved any condoms for anal sex, the below condoms should give you a good idea of which ones will be the most effective. (no longer the case – read more below).
UPDATE – ANAL CONDOMS FDA APPROVAL in 2022
On February 23rd, 2022, the FDA approved ONE condoms for anal sex (in addition to the previous approval for vaginal sex). This is now the first condom brand that’s officially approved by the FDA for anal sex so it’s about right to expand the chart below and add a few of their condoms to the list.
|Size||Condom||Description||Where to buy|
|Caution Wear Iron Grip Snugger Fit||Caution Wear is one of few brands of condoms that features silicon based lubricant. Silicon based lubricant lasts longer than other types of lubricants and won’t dry up quickly. As this condom has a snugger fit it's the best option for those who use smaller condoms.|
Width: 1.92" (49 mm)
|Beyond Seven with Aloe||From the manufacturer Okamoto comes this line of condoms that include aloe vera. Specifically, these condoms are made with additional aloe based lubricant which makes for a silky smooth and comfortable thrusting experience which is ideal for anal sex. These condoms are not contoured and feature a reservoir tip. They feature four times the amount of lubrication of typical lubricated condoms, and more lubrication means better anal sex.||details|
|Tattoo Touch Condoms||A textured latex condom that's lubricated with a silicone lubricant and comes in 3 tattoo-inspired designs and colors.|
Width: (53 mm)
Length: (191 mm)
|Caution Wear Classic Condoms||These condoms are a favorite for many people. These condoms are straight and feature a reservoir tip at the end. Lubricated with ultra smooth silicon-based lubricant.||details|
|Durex Extra Strength | Extra Safe||This line of condoms by trusted condom maker Durex is specifically made to provide extra durability and strength while still providing maximum protection from sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy. These condoms will perform well for anal sex due to the extra strength. They will be less likely to tear, break or dislodge during thrusting. They also include a very silky lubricant that will make anal sex more comfortable.||details|
|LifeStyles Tuxedo||These condoms from Lifestyles are black in color. Some users enjoy using these condoms because it makes them feel like they are wearing something formal, perhaps like a tuxedo for a special occasion. The condom includes plenty of water based lubricant and a reservoir tip, making them a great choice for anal sex.||details|
|Lifestyles Extra Strength||These condoms are made to be extra strength but still have great sensitivity. The extra strength they boast makes them a good choice for anal sex.||details|
|ONE UltraFeel Condoms||What's special about these thin latex condoms is that they come in a 2-in-1 pack which includes a 2 ml lube pouch. We talked how lubrication is an important part of anal sex so this comes very handy in case you don't have your own lube by hand.|
Width: 2.13" (54 mm)
Length: 7.17" (182 mm)
|Lifestyles Skyn Extra Lubricated||This condom from Lifestyles is made of polyisoprene, which boasts a more natural feel and extra lubrication. These condoms are also excellent for anyone with a latex sensitivity or allergy. They have been tested clinically and provide enhanced sensation.||details|
|Lifestyles Ultra Lube PLUS||These condoms by trusted maker Lifestyle feature extra lubrication insuring that the condom won’t become dry. The lubrication included is also longer lasting than typical lubricants. These condoms are also extra strength and are unscented. The handy reservoir tip insures that semen will have a place to pool when you ejaculate. The natural color is also a nice feature.||details|
|Caution Wear Grande||Caution Wear also offers a larger sized condom for those who need a larger fit. Also features a silicone based lubricant.|
Width: 2.2" (56mm)
Length: 7.0" (180mm)
|ONE Legend XL||A larger size latex condom from ONE condoms that's FDA approved for anal sex. Vegan friendly and free of any glycerin, parabens, spermicide and fragrances.|
Width: 2.2" (56mm)
Length: 8.15" (207mm)
Most of these are regular sized, but there are also two options for those looking for a different size. Anyone should make sure that they choose a condom that fits them well. The condom should have a snug fit, but not be too tight.
Buying singles of different brands and trying them on first is always a great idea. You’ll save money by not buying condoms that don’t fit your penis.