With all the different forms of birth control out there, it’s easy to overlook our old pal the condom. Yet, like many longtime friends, the condom is trusty, dependable, and has proven time and time again that it’s got your back. And when it comes to protecting yourself from STIs and unintended pregnancy, that kind of reliability is key.

If you’re thinking, I know condoms offer great protection, but in the pleasure department, not so much, that's fair. Sensation is important. But, listen up: Some of the best condoms on the market can actually enhance a woman’s experience, says sex therapist Debra Laino. Textures—some condom brands offer ridges or studs—can create different, pleasurable sensations, Laino explains.

Obvi, everybody’s unique when it comes to what feels good on their body. "In terms of her sensation desires, ribbed versus not ribbed is really up to the person with the vulva," says Dr. Jenni Skyler, PhD, an AASECT-certified sex therapist and director of The Intimacy Institute.

With thinner (but still strong) condoms, more sensation can get transmitted between body parts, so you can feel more, she adds. "I’m also a fan of lubrication," says Skyler. "Any kind of condom with lubrication is always great, just because we can always use a little extra help. Why not?"

Fit, texture, flavor, and brand is a matter of personal preference, which is why it’s a good idea to experiment and see what works best for you, says Jessica O’Reilly, PhD, host of the @SexWithDrJess Podcast.

Experimenting in the bedroom isn’t just for positions—bring some condoms into play, too. Even in the middle of sex, if the condom’s just not working for ya, don’t say, "I can’t feel anything with a condom, I’m done," and stop, Skyler adds. Get creative with it! "There will always be different interruptions to arousal—a condom doesn’t need to (and shouldn’t) be one," she says.

Since many of the condoms on the market fall short of their big, advertised promise to ~enhance your pleasure~, it’s tough to know where to start. Look for the integrity of the condom, suggests Skyler. Does it have good reviews? What’s the widespread rating? Is it known to break? Check that it's body safe, too, such as being free of parabens and toxins, she notes. Remember, the whole point of a condom is sensation and reliability.

To help you navigate the vast cornucopia of condoms available, Women's Health polled sex experts to determine the 18 best condoms for women. Try one, or a few, or all of 'em (make it a full-blown experiment!) until you find your fave:

  1. Best CondomsOverall: Trojan Bareskin
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              These condoms are 40 percent thinner than your average rubber, allowing you to feel closer while still being protected. "This feels more natural, which many women like," Laino says.

              2. Best Condoms For A Snug Fit: Glyde Slimfit

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              Glyde allows for a snug fit. The condoms are also vegan and non-toxic, and don't have a strong, rubbery odor like a lot of other condoms, says Laino. "Even their flavoring is organic," O’Reilly adds.

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              3. Best Lambskin Condoms: Trojan Naturalamb

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              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 don't 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 these with your steady, monogamous partner—not for a one-night stand.

              4. Best Condoms For G-Spot Pleasure: One Pleasure Plus

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              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, a bonus for the penis owner.

              5. Best Condoms For A Tighter Fit: BSustain Ultra Fit

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              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.

              6. Best Cruelty-Free Condoms: Lola Ultra-Thin

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              These vegan, cruelty-free condoms are made without parabens, gluten, or any synthetic flavoring, which means they're less likely to cause an allergic reaction on the skin, says Janet Brito, PhD, a clinical psychologist and certified sex therapist in Honolulu, Hawaii. A bonus? They come in the form of a subscription box so that you never, ever run out when you need them.

              7. Best Ribbed Condoms: Trojan Her Pleasure Sensations

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              These condoms have tons of nice ribs for extra stimulation, says Brito. Guess what else? Since they're lubricated, they'll decrease any kind of uncomfy friction and increase your overall pleasure, she explains.

              8. Best Oral Sex Condoms: Durex Tropical-Flavored Condoms

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              These are the perf option for those who looove to give oral sex, says Brito. They come in a bunch of flavors (yum!), not just tropical. These are also ultra-fine condoms, so you can feel as close to your S.O. as possible, while still staying safe.

              9. Best Latex-Free Condoms: Skyn Original Condoms

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              Got a latex allergy? Then these condoms are for you, says Brito. They've got a natural feel and are super lubricated, so you won't feel any kind of irritation while getting it on.

              10. Best Lubricated Condoms: Lelo Hex

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              Lots of good points to make here: Lelo Hex condoms are lubricated and known for their comfort, says Brito. They're also odorless and come in size XL, if your partner needs a li'l extra room. The condom is covered in a hexagonal pattern (hence, the name 'hex'), which creates a nice, textured sensation while your partner's inside you.

              11. Best Variety Pack Of Condoms: Trojan Pleasure Pack

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              This variety pack is great because you now have *choices,* people! "If you want a more natural feeling, then you could use the ultra thin," says Brito. "Or, try the ENZ if you want more safety." (Thinner condoms are easier to break.) Why not take 'em both for a spin on the same night?

              12. Best Skin-Like Condoms: Skyn Elite Extra Lube

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              SKYN condoms are known for being super reliable while still, well, feeling like skin (hence, the name). "I always recommend SKYN to clients who are switching from hormonal birth control to condoms, and they report that they're excellent," says Gigi Engle, SYKN brand expert, certified sexologist, and author of All The F*cking Mistakes: a guide to sex, love, and life.

              13. Best Extra-Ribbed Condoms: Trojan Ultra Ribbed

              "Another great feature is ribbing," Engle explains. "This won't feel like much for everyone, but it can add some nice texture." It isn't a make-or-break feature, according to Engle, but it can definitely be a fun add-on!

              14. Best FDA-Approved Condoms: B Condoms Classic

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              These FDA-approved condoms are known for their long-lasting lubricant and their non-latex-y smell. A bonus? They also come in XL sizes.

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              15. Best Ribbed, Lubricated Condoms: Promescent Ribbed Condoms

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              Ribbed condoms + lubricant = a maaajor pleasure sesh is in your future. The brand also carries ultra-fine options, if you're looking to switch up your condom type every so often.

              16. Most Lubricated Condoms: K-Y Extra Lubricated

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              Extra. Lube. For. The. Win. Get yourself a sleeve of these condoms so that you can do all the slipping and sliding during sex that you want (ya know, like the good kind). Plus, they're suuuper cost-effective.

              17. Best All-Natural Vegan Condoms: Lovability Condoms

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              These condoms are made of all-natural vegan latex and are packaged in totally recyclable (yay!), no-tear wrappers.

              18. Best Condoms For Extending Pleasure: Trojan Extended Pleasure

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              This extended pleasure condom is another option for those who want to last as long as possible in the bedroom.

              Best practices to keep in mind when choosing condoms:

              Ahead, sex experts share their general guidelines to consider the next time you're purchasing protection:

              • Reliability: Meaning, the condom's durability when used in a friction-filled envrionment. Given that the whole point of wearing a condom is for protection, a condom that breaks easily during sex is ineffective and causes avoidable stress and worry. So, check reviews to make sure the condom is reliable and strong enough to not break, says Skyler.
              • Ingredients: Like anything you put in your body, it's important to know exactly what's in it before you do, and your vagina is no exception. If your body's more sensitive and you're having P-in-V sex, read the ingredients of the condom to make sure you're not putting anything harmful or irritating down there. "Look for language that says body-safe," says Skyler, noting that you want the condom to be free of parabens, toxins, and synthetics.
              • Lubrication: Sometimes, women need a li'l assistance to get started. Skyler is a huge fan of condoms with lubricants, which can make your experience more, well, pleasurable.
              • Thinness: "Generally, the thinner the condom, the more pleasure," says Skyler. That tends to be true for all parties involved, thanks to the increased sensation. Look for thin condoms that both provide protection and keep you feeling alll kinds of ways.