Many men struggle to find a condom that’s the right size for their penis and wind up wearing condoms that are either too large or too small.
This can lead to problems during sex, such as the condom slipping or falling off or the condom being painfully tight around the penis, meaning that you won’t be able to feel much at all.
Before we can talk about which size of condoms you should be using, we’re going to have to see how you measure up.
So, grab a tape measure, ruler, meter stick or whatever else you need to measure your penis and let’s get started.
When you’re measuring your penis to work out your condom size, you’re going to want your penis to be erect.
You’re going to be using your condom when your penis is hard, so it just makes sense to take your measurements when you’re erect.
You’re going to want to take two measurements, your length and your girth. To measure the length, measure from the base of the penis (where the condom would stop rolling) to the tip of the penis.
To measure girth, measure around the mid-point of your shaft and note the size in millimetres. You can do this with a tape measure or use a piece of string and then measure the string with a ruler.
1. Small condom
Just the words ‘small condoms’ can be enough to make some men feel a little defensive, but many men could benefit from using a smaller condom.
All this means is that you need a condom with a smaller nominal width, which some condom manufacturers call a ‘snugger fit’.
These condoms typically range between a nominal width of 45 – 50mm, meaning they’ll fit those with a girth of around 100 – 112mm.
Most condoms you find will fit under this heading, which means that if this size of condom is right for you you’ll have plenty of options to choose from.
Regular sized condoms usually range from around 52 – 54mm, meaning they’ll fit those with a girth of around 117 – 121mm.
Finally, we have our large condoms, which are designed for those with bigger girth. These condoms usually range between 54 – 60mm but some can range up to 69mm.
This means the average large condom will fit girths of 121 – 135mm with some of the largest condoms on the market fitting a girth of 155.25mm.
- DO use a condom every time you have sex.
- DO put on a condom before having sex.
- DO read the package and check the expiration date.
- DO make sure there are no tears or defects.
- DO store condoms in a cool, dry place.
- DO use latex or polyurethane condoms.
- DO use water-based or silicone-based lubricant to prevent breakage.
- DON’T store condoms in your wallet as heat and friction can damage them.
- DON’T use nonoxynol-9 (a spermicide), as this can cause irritation.
- DON’T use oil-based products like baby oil, lotion, petroleum jelly, or cooking oil because they will cause the condom to break.
- DON’T use more than one condom at a time.
- DON’T reuse a condom.
- Keep condoms out of direct sunlight
- Do not keep them in environments that may get too hot like your car.
- Check the expiration date on the wrapper or box. Do not use expired condoms. They are more likely to break during sex.
- Use pre-lubricated condoms to prevent breakage.
- Condoms are wrapped in foil. Please tear it from the edge carefully. When taking out or wearing a condom, be aware of the damage caused by fingernails and jewelry etc.
- Make sure that the condom is properly put on the penis. During sex, if the condom slipped off partially, stop and adjust it to a right position. If the condom slipped off totally, stop and put on a new one.
- If the condom was used with other spermicides, medicine or medical device, consult your doctor or pharmacist before using.