About Thin Condoms

Thin Condoms

Thin condoms are marketed around the world. But little evidence (meaning independent clinical studies rather than manufacturer sponsored trials) exists to support the commonly held belief that thin condoms enhance sexual pleasure for men, or allow them to "feel more" during sex.

This might seem counter-intuitive until you discover that:

1. The difference in latex thickness, between regular condoms and thin condoms, is measured in microns. A micron is 1/1000th of a millimetre (and a millimetre is 1/10th of a centimetre). To help imagine this, the difference in thickness between a regular condom and a thin condom is equal to 1/5th the thickness of a single human hair! It's a very small difference indeed.

2. So small a difference in fact, that most manufacturers struggle to maintain it during the manufacture of their thin condoms. Consequently, a tolerance level is introduced, typically around 15%. Other manufacturers only make the tip of the thin condom thinner, rather than the whole thing.

3. Some manufacturers add chemicals to the latex mix of their thin condoms, to make the latex appear more transparent. Why? It's because this is often associated by consumers with thinness.

Not surprisingly it’s a controversial topic – not least because marketing condoms as ‘thin’ happens to be a really effective way of selling them. This is because men imagine in their minds that thin condoms are significantly thinner than regular condoms. But actually, all modern condoms are insanely thin to start with - thinner than a human hair. Some manufacturers even argue between themselves whether or not a particular type of condom can be called a thin condom.

At TheyFit, we don't believe in splitting hairs (literally) over the thickness of the latex of a condom. Better to make the condom fit perfectly in the first place. Why? Because a better fit, feels better. And when things feel better, you enjoy wearing them more. Pretty obvious, right?

(But yes - our condoms are very thin too!)