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A few months ago I had to stop taking my contraceptive pill for a while as I was due to have gynaecology tests which could be influenced by the hormone in the pill, I was advised by my doctor to discontinue my pill for a whole month before the tests and with it taking seven days to reach optimum protection after restarting it I realised I wasn't going to be covered for at least five weeks - and maybe longer if the tests proved inconclusive as these can sometimes.
Not wanting to give up sex for such a long time I had a little look at what else was available, eventually deciding to go down the condom route as my partner and I have four children already and don't want more - the Durex Extra Safe condoms looked ideal as the box promoted them as being thicker than average so less chance of them breaking.
Hmmm. Well, I must say neither of us were exactly overwhelmed (overcome?) by these as frankly they're so thick they don't feel at all natural and my partner complained of an almost total lack of sensation while wearing them. I personally felt there was an unpleasant 'drag' with each thrust which didn't feel good at all, as I looked at the thickness of the condom before my partner put it on I was reminded of that old joke about wearing wellies on your willy and in all honesty that felt like a surprisingly accurate analogy after a couple of sessions using these Extra Safe condoms.
We didn't persevere with them and switched to another type of Durex condom, reasoning that we probably didn't need the 'extra safe' component as we've never had one split in the past despite having an active sex life. I'd imagine they'd be useful for anal sex where the tightness creates a bigger risk of a condom splitting, they certainly feel thick enough to cope with that (even though anal isn't something I partake in - it is an exit, not an entrance...).
At £6.99 for 12 condoms these are priced on a par with other Durex products (ie. ridiculously high considering they claim to have our sexual well being in mind) and despite their shortcomings they do do their job of not splitting brilliantly and provided peace of mind during the time I wasn't covered by my contraceptive.
Unless your planning to have a baby its fair to say that you are probably pretty scared about it happening accidentally. I am one of those really over cautious people and after me and my boyfriend had a few too many scares I decided to opt for something that would put my mind at rest. I got a box of three from my local superdrug while in town with a friend. I can''t remember the exact price but they were no more expensive than any other branded condoms on the market. My friend knew that I was terrified about getting pregnant so she recommended that I get extra safe as they are slightly thicker and might make me feel a bit more comfortable. They did exactly what i had hoped as i wasn''t so concerned about them splitting. In terms of actual sex they do slow they guy down a bit, but i guess its down to your own sex life as to whether that is an advantage or disadvantage to you. However there are some definite disadvantages. The problem is that using them makes the situation feel a bit clinical as there isn''t anything special about them. After a few months we decided to stop using them and use other, more interesting condoms instead. Overall I would say that, while condoms should always be used unless you are actually trying to have a baby or know there is no risk of any STIs, using extra safe condoms are not necessary. They are great for the cautious or nervous but aren''t anything special and can kill the mood a bit.
Well well well, what do we have here. :) It's a condom review by yours truly. I have read a few of them so I hope I do this right. :)
Me and my boyfriend are quite young. We are both still studying and I am terrified of getting pregnant! So we only stuck to big name brands of condoms and when my boyfriend saw these we decided to try them.
The idea is that these extra safe condoms are, well, extra safe. They are a bit thicker so no sperm can get through. That is the idea anyway. They are prelubricated condoms and as such they taste absolutely awful :) SO I would not recommend these for oral sex but why would you wear a condom for that anyway? :) I will never forget the taste, vile!!
Anyway I can say in favour of these that they did their job because I most definately didn't get preggers! Unfortunately it really decreased the pleasure both me and my boyfriend felt from sex :( He found it difficult to orgasm at all and I felt that these condoms were uncomfortable for me as well due to both the thickness of the lubricant used (it was very gross feeling) and the, I don't know, just something about the thickness of them was very unsatisfying.
They are £6. There are 12 in a pack and we got through 2 or 3 before deciding not to use the rest. We have since moved to other brands and variations.
I will have to award these condoms 1 star, as althought they do prevent pregnancy, so does abstinence, which I would rather than use these again!!
Just a warning but you probably know what will be included with this review.
There is no denying that safer is better than sorry in the bedroom so after we feared that the previous brand I had purchased from Ann Summers may possibly have ripped before we even began intercourse we decided to go with a better known brand that has been around for a bit longer and since this variety contains extra lubricant and is twice as think it seemed the next natural selection for us after the scare got thrown into us.
Durex and other items usually go for 3 for the price of 2 at Boots both online and in shop, though the general purchase of the items isn't always easy. Firstly my long term boyfriend is too embarrassed to purchase anything bedroom related so I am always the one to grab my pills from the chemist and condoms from boots. I did try the website but sometimes you can be charged up to £4 for postage and they don't always have what you want in stock. Secondly I had cancer in the form of lymphoblastic leukemia of the spine when I was a kid so I am naturally shorter and younger looking due to the combination of chemo and radiotherapy treatments that took place during the same week and quite often the same day.
I also suffer from alopecia due to the treatment and although Macmillan provide me with a free wig once a year sometimes I just prefer to wear a bandana or in the winter months cute animal themed hats that although are cosey wearing a penguin on my head does make me look like I am 15 when I am closer to 25. So I do get some really strange looks when purchasing these or pregnancy tests in person. Though I think this derogatory behavior has to stop as if I was a 16/17 year old buying protection why should I be discouraged in this way? Surely being safe sexually is a good thing is it not? Sex will happen the more you protest it the more likely it will happen with young people so maybe staff should be trained to deal with it better.
Anyway end of rant and back to the product, it comes in a light blue box and are individually packaged in little blue sachets of the same colour. On first appearance they look like your standard latex condom they don't feel any slimier or thicker from the touch although to begin with they did seem a little more difficult to put on but now after about the 6th go that we are used to them it takes maybe 5-10 seconds. I should also say that although it didn't feel that slimy we didn't need to use any extra lube either it seemed to have a really good balance for our usage.
In terms of the sensation during intercourse despite the extra thickness we get a very similar sensation to wearing no protection at all and we have no trouble feeling sexually satisfied during its use, whereas we did try the extra sensitive and tingle variations from Durex before and we felt rather nasty sensations like burning or kind of a numbness which totally destroyed the mood so I am happy to say that the extra safe Durex felt so much more pleasurable and natural than the novelty versions. Maybe the Novelty ones are better for more experimental couples, but for traditional positions we find these are our favourite so far as a combined method of contraception with the pill.
Sex education is an important matter to me. We need to stop shying away from all things sex. As such I want to review these Durex condoms. There is no point hiding away from it; if you are sexually active you need a method of contraception. That is unless you are trying to get pregnant. This is an important point that people from the young to the old need to be aware of.
While there are many options for contraception available they are mostly aimed at women. Most of those also involve her putting extra hormones into her body or copper. I personally don't want to use these methods. I want as little interfering with my body as I can. Condoms don't have to ruin the mood and you still get plenty of sensation. And as they are the only method that can protect you from STD's they are a great option.
** Condoms in General **
So, why should you use a condom? Apart from the reasons stated above? Well... They are 98% effective in preventing pregnancy making them one of the most reliable. Though to ensure this reliability is upheld you need to store them correctly: not too hot or cold and away from sharp objects. It is also important you don't use one more than once and also only use one at a time. Using more than one is not safer; in fact it can actually reduce the effectiveness of the condom. A
In order to use the condom (important whether you are male or female) please consult the information booklet included. You can also find information online and other sex education resources. This is assuming it isn't blocked by anti-porn filters.
If you look on the packaging you will see a CE mark, this means the product meets European safety standards. It is unwise to use condoms that don't have this mark on them.
** Durex **
Durex seem to have a lot of trust in the general public. I have seen people unsure as whether to use a different brand as they did not trust as they would work. Though this uncertainty is a good thing as you can't be too careful when it comes to contraception. But there are other brands available; it is down to you. Do your research and make an informed decision.
Durex has a wide range of products to aid the sex life of the public. Using only the best quality raw materials for their condoms which are then tested with air inflating them. Standards insist on condoms being able to hold 18 litres of air, Durex ensure their condoms hold 40 litres of air without bursting. They are also tested for leaks using water.
They have a website with more information on the company and sex in general. It is quite impressive and I love their message of enjoying sex. It isn't about the individual but both members. I'd only suggest that they make it easier to see all their products on the website.
While they are not the only available (and safe option) they are still a brand that I prefer to use. Probably slightly because I do have more trust in them.
** Extra Safe **
The extra safe condoms in their range are thicker and more lubricated to ensure they are extra safe (you should never use two condoms at once). Though they are designed to be just as comfortable as normal condoms and still easy to put on.
Durex also claims that the way they make the condoms means they smell better.
They are made with latex so you
Nominal width: 56mm
** Experience **
I have used these many times in the past with different partners. They are safe and have had no issues with it splitting during sex. I can't say much for their comfort but I have never heard anyone complain! They don't feel too different during sex and there is still plenty of sensation for both men and women to enjoy. Plus it is easier to enjoy when you don't have to worry about an unwanted pregnancy or infection.
They don't have any particular issues when putting them on as long as you follow instructions. Watch your nails and teeth!
As for the smell claims, I can't say I have noticed much difference. But if they keep heading in this direction of working on the smell then I would be very pleased with this. No one wants to smell of a condom.
So far no unwanted pregnancies or STIs. No holes in the condom. No scares. I think the evidence suggests that these are effective. I'd definitely consider these the most effective condoms I have experienced.
** Price and Availability **
You can get condoms free from contraception clinics, some GP surgeries and sexual health clinics (though not necessarily these ones). These particular ones are available from most pharmacies, health and beauty stores (e.g. Boots, Superdrug), supermarkets.
Prices for a box of 12 are usually around the £10 mark. If you can easily access free condoms then this may not be worth it. But if you are buying them in store then as far as condoms go they are well priced and you do get offers on them. Especially for the safety of mind you get it is worth it.
You can also get a box of 18 for £11.99 from Superdrug.
** Overall **
Contraception is an important issue. We all need a method for our own safety. Condoms are advised for their ability to also prevent the transfer of STI's (no matter how well you know your partner you can never know). The extra safe condoms are thicker and more lubricated so you can feel safe in that knowledge. They may affect the sensation from sex slightly but you need to weigh up the pros and cons yourself. There are less thick condoms which can provide you with a method of safe sex. It is a personal decision. And if you can't make up your mind the only way to find out is test them all out!
I am going to have to be a little more to the point with this reveiw than some people may feel comfortable reading but, I feel, you can't review a product of this nature without mentioning certain things. So, I apologise if there is anything that offends or any wording that you may feel inappropriate. I will try and keep it as tactful and light as possible.
Unless you're a couple trying to get pregnant then safety is always an important issue and sometimes it can be a little taboo to talk about. When you're thinking of safety in this way Durex is brand that is available in a wide variety of stores and, also, in a wide variety of products. My partner and I chose to use Durex from the begining of our relationship and we buy whichever variety is at the store we're shopping in (and also which varients are on offer) so we had a time when the Extra Safe variety was in the bedside drawer.
I never thought I would say that sometimes you can be a little too safe, well, this is what we found with this product.
The extra safe variety come in a blue box. Even though Durex seem to be trying to make the product look discreet with the colour and design on the box, having the word 'durex' on the front of the box doesn't help. So, if you're a little shy buying condoms from a store it could possibly make you feel uncomfortable as it is obvious what the product is.
Inside you are given a leaflet with other products in the Durex range and the different shapes and sizes of the products. It also has a handy little guide to use of the product and of how to discard of the product properly. This is handy if you're a little unsure of what you're doing.
The extra safe condom is shaped like an average Durex condom, it has no lumps or bumps like others in the range. Because the product is extra safe it has more lubricant to it and a thicker feeling lubricant. The use of this product itself was the part that was unsatisfactory. I had no doubt that it was doing it's jobas it shoud but it made me feel uncomfortable during the act. Some products help heighten certain sensations and experiences, this product did the exact opposite. It dulled any feeling between myself and my partner when in use and we put the remainder of the box to the back of the drawer for our 'emergency use' instead.
If you're worried about safety then go with this product, it certainly works how it should. However, if you want to enjoy your experience while still being safe then there are other products in the Durex range that will do the job just as well. The only thing off-putting about this range is the price but there are some stores that sell Durex at nearly half the price (Bodycare if there is such a shop near you) and I also see offers all the time (especially at Boots) which makes it just about buy one, get one free. And, look at it this way. if you're not planning on having children just yet - a child is a lot more expensive than a packet of condoms.
At the moment I am in the middle of changing contraception. I had my second baby just over a year ago now and my periods have just returned and so, not wanting another baby right now, and probably not ever, I need to get my birth control sorted out. I don't want to be on the pill forever and once we make that decision to not have any more kids I think my husband is going to have the snip but in the meantime we have decided to take some extra protection when having sex and so we have been using Durex Extra Safe condoms.
According to an article I read, "Durex condoms are the most popular brand of condoms in the UK. The name, which the London Rubber Company trademarked in 1929, is a abbreviation of "Durability, Reliability, and Excellence."Durex condoms represent around one quarter of the global market for prophylactic sheaths, manufacturing around one billion units per year in 17 factories worldwide."
So, what exactly is a condom? A condom is a barrier device commonly used during sexual intercourse to reduce the probability of pregnancy and spreading sexually transmitted diseases. It is put on a man's erect penis and physically blocks ejaculated semen from entering the body of a sexual partner.
The Durex extra safe condoms are thicker and extra lubricated to provide extra reassurance against the risk of unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.
All Durex easy-on condoms are shaped to be easier to put on and to provide a better fit and feel during lovemaking. The condoms are all individually wrapped in a little foil packet so they stay safe and protected when you come to use them. The foil packets are easy to split open although be careful you don't damage to condom inside. The condom is rolled up in a round disc shape and all you need to do it place it over the penis and then roll down slowly.
My husband reports a nice fit with these condoms and let me tell you, there is definitely lots of feeling and sensation there, so no need to worry about that. We have never had a problem with these condoms ripping or anything like that and for us at the moment they are a great protection.
I know contraception and sex can be a hushed up topic so asking for advice of contraception may be hard. so here i go trying to explain every aspect of the Durex Extra Safe 12 pack. can i please state no contraception is 100% so using other methods of contraception as well as condoms should be used.
The durex extra safe condoms are extra thick this comes as a disadvantage and an advantage. Disadvantage being that the sensation of sex and the feeling isn't as pleasurable as using other brands. on the other hand I've never seen or heard of a durex extra safe condom to fall out or snap/break whilst using, before or after.
The durex extra safe condoms do not really have a strong smell and what smell you can smell isn't overpowering and a "turn off". The condoms are really easy to put on even for beginners so it shouldnt be time consuming and also again be a "turn off".
The leaflet inside clearly states how to use the condoms. How to keep the condoms and how to dispose of the condom, everything you need to know about them. Beneficial to the condom it's the only contraception apart from abstinence that blocks out STD and pregnancy 98% of the time. If i wasn't using any other form of protection i'd definitely use durex extra safe or if i'm someone who can get a bit paranoid that they're either gonna get pregnant or contract a STD.
One thing I can't knock these for is their ability to do exactly as the packet suggests and be extra safe. I've found them easy to get on and never had one slip or break. In this sense they are everything I expect a condom to be - extremely safe, reliable and protective allowing you to enjoy the moment without the potential risks that come with sexual activity floating in the back of your head.
For the newbies the box contains instructions that are fairly clear and accurate so anyone who missed those lessons at school will know what to do when the time comes. Again, can't fault their extra safe claims here.
Unfortunately there is the big disappointment that they only appear to achieve being extra safe by also being extra thick. This, for me, results in a major let down as it reduces the overall sensation far more than other products of a similar nature.
For those who want to be 100% safe but not necessarily enjoy the full please of an intimate relationship these are great but personally I believe there are other products available that offer equal levels of protection without being as detrimental to the experience.
Having tried a fair variety of different Durex brands, this is probably my least favourite. They're the first batch I used when I was, shall we say, less experienced and wanted to be as safe as possible. However, having tried other brands like Elite, going back to these if the others are out of stock is a bit of a surprise, as the feeling is very different.
The condom feels a lot more intrusive than the more snug and comfy other types; this one fits quite tightly and is a lot more noticeable during the Tango than the others, which detracts a little from the experience. Ultimately, sex is sex, but normally this would not be the type I would pick. Still, if you're really worried about not having a kid yet, I can't fault these, as I used them a lot when I was younger and never once had a split or any sort of problem. They are, as they say, very safe, but in that stead you're also sacrificing a bit of comfort, yet if you're in the moment as you should be, it really doesn't matter that much.
Once you've used the other types, you'll probably never go back to these unless you're incredibly paranoid. Price-wise, like all condoms, they're generally quite expensive, at about £2.99 for a 3-pack. My advice is to buy them in bulk online, as you can get some incredible deals, like a 25-pack for £4.99.
Ultimately, people complain about this type quite a lot, but they do the job and they're not as disruptive as people think, but at the same time they're far from the most comfortable you can get.
Durex is one of the worlds best known condom brands. When I first bought a pack of condoms I was in boots looking at all the different brands and flavors. "Extra safe", "pleasure max" and "Banana" flavor.
Durex the company was registered in London in 1915 and has the parent company is called SSL International. Durex trademark is "Durability, Reliability and Excellence. You can see why Durex is one of world's leading condom manufactures they make good quality products and their have been very few cases of "faulty" Durex products. Durex were declared the runner up of the most account sales of Condoms in the United Sates.
Pros and Cons
They are cheap
Their safe and thick
Really easy to buy
Some people think that they smell
They can feel fairly thick when you wear them
The condoms blend in quite well in the self, they are in light blue packaging and usually have a picture of a man and a women on the front of the box. I don't that that it was the packaging that attracted me to the condoms I think it was how they are stating "Extra safe" and I would rather be safe than sorry.
I really like these condoms they are the only brand that I have used before because they are a trusted brand and have been around for a long time. I have said before that I would rather be safe than sorry. I usually take that saying in my life pretty much everywhere I go.
What do they feel like?
The condoms feel very thick because they are made slightly thicker than normal condoms so that they are slightly safer. They feel very well built and strong. I think that it's important for condoms to feel strong. When you use the condoms during sex, I feel that you can feel that your wearing a condom and I personally prefer the feeling without a condom during sex it feels more natural but then again it's not safe not using a condom so I don't recommend it.
What do they smell like?
I was talking about this to my friend a few days ago and he thinks that the condoms have a slight smell that goes with them. I personally think that the condoms don't have a smell so I'm guessing it's properly down to personal taste if you can smell or don't smell anything with the condoms.
What are they like to use?
As I said before one of the main reasons why I first bought these condoms was because they are stated extra safe so this means that they are thicker and makes sex safer and protects you better against STI'S and pregnancy. I know that theirs no method on contraception that has a proven 100% of protection. You should still be careful even if you are using a condom.
Are they widely available to buy?
Durex condoms are fairly cheap and easy to buy anywhere in general corner shops, supermarkets, pharmacies and you can even buy them online Directly from the Durex website and get a special deals.
Overall I really like these type of condoms they are safe, well priced and are easy to buy. I would recommend them to anyone.
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Like many men I really dislike condoms, they are uncomfortable and really numb the pleasure of good sex. Despite this I will wear one as I do not like the thought of having an unexpected child growing just yet. The downside to this of course is that I suffer from a less pleasurable experience.
This experience is not helped by the fact that I also am cursed the ability to have sex for ages without actually climaxing. While this is great fun for my girlfriend I do suffer often not climaxing when using a condom. Sex for us usually lasts for a good fifty minutes to an hour and a half, many men I am sure would dream of such an experience but it gets really annoying.
Anyway I digress, my point is that wearing a condom makes this situation even worse, while sex is still fun it is far less exhilarating for me.
These condoms do not really help my situation, the increased t
hickness really does not help me and I get very little pleasure at all. Every time I have used these so far I have yet to climax. On the positive my girlfriend says they work great on her and has enjoyed every use so far. The condoms themselves are also easy to get on and off and a great shape but then Durex as a brand seem to be reliable in that department.
Despite my girlfriend liking this brand we have had to change and experiment with other types as these just do nothing for me. Still if you are looking for safety or maybe you like taking sex into other areas a thicker and safer condom may be for you.
Well what can i say, I bought 100 of these things yesterday off the internet hoping they would do the job so i got my girlfriend around today and tried three of them out on her.
All i can say is these are the worst condoms i have ever used. Yes They are safe and prevent you from getting your partner pregnant but do they make sex enjoyable if at all possible, NO!!
I don't have erectile dysfunction or anything like that and am under 20 years old so i shouldn't have a problem maintaining an erection but everytime i tried having sex with one of these type of condoms I managed to go for about 2/3 minutes untill i kept losing my erection.
This is due to the condom being much thicker than normal possibly more than they should be which results in no sensitivity for the man what so ever and makes sex unpleasant and a chore for the guy!
Something to notice about the "Extra Safe" range by Durex is that, contrary to popular belief, they don't actually contain spermicide. I think they used to, but for some reason they not only don't list it as an ingredient but there is now a small piece on the packet about it, saying "These condoms do not contain spermicide" (or words to that effect).
So the basis for the "Extra Safe" description is that they are slightly thicker than average, and that they contain extra lubricant (presumably to reduce the chance of them breaking).
There's nothing particularly special about these. They don't feel any thicker than other condoms, and you don't really realise you're using "safe" ones, which is why they are the "staple" condom of choice for my partner and me - by which I mean they are the ones we normally use when we're not trying out ribbed, dotted, tingly or otherwise fancy varieties.
To be honest, since I'm on the pill, we hardly need the extra layer of protection, but why not? If it's a choice between these and "standard" condoms, we might as well use them since they feel the same. The only downside is that they're a little boring... but then you wouldn't want to use fancy ones ALL the time, would you?
The other feature that these have (which is actually a feature of almost the entire Durex range) is that they have the nice "Easy-on" shape - it basically means the end of the condom is a little bit wider to accommodate the head of the penis and make them quicker to put on. And they are. We're so used to using them that when we use different branded condoms (Mates or Pasante) it's more difficult than we expect because they haven't got the nice "tailored fit"!
*Please note - this is a genuine review of a consumer product that, by its very nature, contains direct reference to sexual health issues that some readers may find uncomfortable.
Frankly, it amazes me these days that things like condoms are still considered to be something naughty, something never to be discussed. It's no surprise that the UK has an alarming rate of unwanted teenaged pregnancies when you consider the limited public awareness of something as simple as the condom. Whether the Pope likes it or not, condoms save lives - literally. Society can either bury its head in the sand or accept the world's sexuality and manage it appropriately. I don't know about you, but I'm all for the latter.
Don't get me wrong. Like most men I know, I hate condoms, really I do. I think they're impractical, unwieldy and about as conducive to passionate sex as a pair of grandma's tights. But, the fact remains that condoms are a vital part of anybody's sexual health agenda. Durex condoms are, and as far as I am aware, always have been the market leader in the UK. Indeed in the same way that vacuum cleaners are now generally referred to as 'Hoovers', many lads will refer to a condom as a 'Durex', as though the c-word just cannot be mentioned in public.
'Durex' produces a number of different condoms, tailored to individual requirements. It's really important to understand that it's not the case that "any old condom will do'. A man's choice of condom should reflect both his physiology and his preferred sexual activities combined with an element of personal preference. Remember that everyone is different, and that's why (personally) I'm surprised that men sometimes rely on women to carry the condoms because one size does not fit all.
'Durex Extra Safe' is the current incarnation of the most robust condom produced by the company. There are myths about extra safe condoms. Some people believe that they contain a stronger spermicide. Some people believe that you can use them more than once. Neither of these things is true. Extra safe condoms are safer (with the emphasis on that last 'r') due to the physical design of the condom but they aren't foolproof. There isn't a single condom that is and there is always an element of risk. Extra safe condoms won't guarantee your safety, but the only time I caught something 'nasty' was because I had unprotected sex. Fortunately, it wasn't something life threatening - but it doesn't half make you think!
So why would you choose 'Extra Safe' condoms? Extra Safe condoms are targeted at a number of different types of user. The obvious customers are men who engage in anal sex. Clearly, anal sex is more demanding on a condom. Your anus does not lubricate itself and one of the reasons that many men enjoy anal sex (gay or straight) is that the anal passage can be far tighter than the vagina. As such, the condom needs to be more resilient to a greater level of friction. Other users tend to be men who enjoy very vigorous sex (similar issues with friction and damage) or for use when it is known that the partner has the maximum risk of becoming pregnant (and thus minimising the risk of this happening.) There's also a perception that men who have many sexual partners would be better off using Extra Safe condoms. This is a rather flawed concept because the risk is the same with each partner and doesn't increase just because the number of partners does. Men don't normally choose an Extra Safe condom for use during oral sex either (though of course you could.) The sheath is not flavoured and the thickness of the latex might inhibit some of the sensation. That aside, oral sex should still be considered a risky occupation and there's nothing that says that Extra Safe condoms aren't appropriate. It wouldn't be a bad thing to introduce a flavoured one (although flavoured condoms are still pretty rotten tasting anyway.)
Durex Extra Safe is now shaped to be 'Easy On'. I'm not entirely convinced that this makes much of a difference. I think that putting a condom on will always be a bit of trial and error, and is something that improves with practice. I would say that the Durex Extra Safe is marginally easier to put on than other condoms, notably if you are putting them on someone else as opposed to yourself. The real benefit of the 'Easy On' shape, however, is the overall fit. The tip of the condom is shaped in a more anatomically correct manner, which means that you are less aware of the condom during sex and the fit is definitely much better.
So are they very strong? Well, the rubber latex from Extra Safe condoms is the thickest of the Durex range. They're 7% thicker than the Close Range condoms (the next thickest) but the ribbed condoms are just as thick. Importantly, however, they are some 35% thicker than the Fetherlite condoms, intended for those who want as close to a natural feeling as possible. Needless to say, Fetherlite condoms are the weakest and most prone to being damaged. Remember that the risk of damage occurs both before and during actual sex. It's extremely easy to rip a condom in those feverish moments when you first put one on. I have never been aware that one of these condoms has ripped, either before or during sex but this may not be something that you would be immediately aware of anyway, particularly if the tear is very small.
The fit will depend entirely on the size and shape of your penis. Sorry, I know that sounds brutal, but it's true. The overall length (ignoring the very tip, which is there simply to collect the ejaculate) is 205mm from base to tip. This is probably sufficient for a good proportion of the population. If your penis is longer but not particularly fat, you can still get away with this provided only a very small part of the base is uncovered (but it's still increasing the risk.) For men who are very well endowed, the only larger condom that Durex produces is the Comfort XL, which is another centimetre longer. There are specialist brands and products for men with extremely large penises. Generally, the problems occur when the circumference of your penis goes beyond a point, rather than the length.
They're reasonably comfortable. I can't say that I've ever found a condom that was really, really comfortable or that you couldn't detect at all but they are a necessary evil and once you get going, these ones are good. The Extra Safe is supposed to be extra lubricated too, but I've not noticed a massive difference between them and other products. As far as anal sex is concerned, the really important thing is to apply loads and loads of exterior lubricant yourself so the condom alone is never going to be enough anyway. With vaginal sex, this will depend entirely on the partner, of course, as everyone's needs are different. Unlike some cheaper brands, they do seem to stay in place from start to finish, although the likelihood is that if your condom is slipping up your shaft at any time, you may not have it on properly or it may be the wrong size. I've never had an allergic reaction to them and I've not heard of this in anyone else I know either.
It's difficult to comment on the contraceptive qualities of this condom. Clearly it contains the appropriate spermicide to do the job but there are no published statistics on the success rate - how would you track it after all? Suffice it to say that with reduced risk of leakage through damage or through being too small, this is going to further reduce the risk of pregnancy.
They're the most expensive latex condoms that you can buy. They're £6.29 for 12 in Boots although they have a lot of Buy One Get One Free or Buy Two for £10 offers that are worth looking out for me. Generally, the price of condoms in this country is a disgrace (and an issue all in itself). You can, of course, get condoms free from the family planning or sexual health clinic, but you are more likely to get extra strong ones from the latter.
If you practice anal or very vigorous sex, these are the most suitable condoms. I've not knowingly had one break on me and (from experience) both you and your partner can definitely enjoy sensual and pleasurable sex whilst using them. Of course, you can't put a price on safety, but the cost still means that it's a begrudging recommendation overall.
Extra Safe / / Transparent slightly thicker natural rubber latex condoms / Easy-On shaped & teat ended for comfort & fit / Extra lubricant for comfort / Nominal width: 56mm.