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Fitting Matters: Solutions for Condom Size Problems

This post suggests solutions for problem-points on condoms which are too tight, too loose, too short, too long. This post was updated 21 March 2014.

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A study published in June 2012 argues that penis shape and size must be taken more seriously by public health officials and activists who aim to increase consistent and correct condom use.  Researchers Michael Reece and Debra Herbenick of Indiana University found a substantial percentage of men reported condoms being too tight, too loose, too short, too long, breakage, leakage…basically, general condom discomfort that can result in misuse or disuse, which translates into a serious public health issue.

Condom Size Problems and SolutionsThe majority of condom products are fitted for “average” length at 6.4 inches when erect (see the Kinsey report and The Simple Truth about Erect Penis Size).  However, as Reece and Herbenick found, length of the condom is not the greatest discomfort; rather, it is fitting around the head and shaft that scored highest among complaints, with penis base at a close second.  For example, of those men who reported that condoms were too tight, 66% reported tightness around the base, 70.4% around the glans, and 73% around the shaft.

The study concludes that HIV and STI practitioners must get involved with condom manufacturers to ensure that condoms are consistent with men’s experiences of fitting and pleasure.  Indeed, no matter what size, all men should have access to well-fitting condoms.

Jump to:
If “Condoms are too Tight”
If “Condoms are too Loose”
If “Condoms are too Short”
If “Condoms are too Long”.

Quick Tip! The FC2 internal condom is one size fits all. Because it’s made to form to the inner walls of the receptive partner, penis size is irrelevant. This is a great solution for those fitting woes.

Sizing

To know which condom width fits, we recommend dividing penis circumference by 2.25. Here we explain where we got this formula.

Image from @TheyFitCondoms

Image from @TheyFitCondoms

Given the wide range of condoms on the market, prevention providers can play a valuable role in helping men to identify condoms that suit their size specificities, hence increasing the likelihood of consistent condom usage.  For a large proportion of those who reported tightness around the glands (70%), for example, HIV and STI prevention providers may alleviate men’s perceptions that condoms all are too tight by recommending condoms that are designed with a more bulbous head to reduce constriction.  As our chart shows below, Durex condoms and One Condoms tend to offer a greater variety in contoured shapes and head room.

Here we have organized a list of condoms according to the 4 “problem points” identified in Reece and Herbenick’s study.  Under each complaint we provide a list of condoms by brand that may help alleviate discomfort.

Please note: External links may be affiliates that give us a small commission. This is not a company endorsement.  Due to the fact that major North American brands are Durex, Trojan, Lifestyles, Beyond 7 and Caution Wear, our first aim is to gather these dimensions. We continue to update.

CONDOM FIT SOLUTIONS 

If “Condoms are too Tight”…

ONE Condoms

The Legend

Slightly longer than regular condoms. Shaped with a secure fit in the middle and spacious head room.
Base width: 2.25″/ 56mm
Mid width: 2.28″/ 58mm
Head width: 2.4″/ 61mm
Length: 7.9″ / 200mm

Tantric Pleasure

Same length of regular condoms, but wider and large head with unique ribbed design.
Base width: 2.25″ / 56mm
Head width: 2.4″/ 62mm
Length: 7.4″/ 188mm

ONE Pleasure Dome

Regular size width and length with an over-sized, unique head shape.
Base width: 2.1″/ 53mm
Length: 7.1″/ 180mm

RFSU

RFSU Okeido/Grande 

Ultra thin, vegan latex, larger condom.
A wider condom with regular length. Great option for shorter but larger headed guys (this is on the smaller end of Large-head condoms). Tapered flare shape that extends to a wide head.
Base width: 2.13″/ 54mm
Head width: 2.36″ / 60mm
Length: 7.5″ / 190mm

CAUTION WEAR

Caution Wear Grande

This is Caution Wear’s largest condom.  Unlike other large condoms, this one is wider than regular condoms, but maintains the same 7.0″ regular length. Good for wider girth without the extra length. Straight shape.
Base width: 2.25″/56mm
Length: 7.0″/180mm

TROJAN

Trojan Magnum XL

One of the longest and widest most famous condoms on the market.  Made with an extra bulbous head and wider shaft width.
Base width: 2.3″/58mm
Head width: 2.7″/68.58mm!
Length:  8.3″/ 210mm

Trojan Magnum Original

Tapered at the base for a secure fit and extends wider up the head for comfort. Suitable for guys who find standard condoms too short and too tight.
Base width: 2.13″/ 54mm
Head width: 2.5″/63.5mm
Length: 8.12″/206mm

Trojan Magnum Thin

Tapered at the base with spacious head for more comfort. Great choice if you need a larger condom but desire ultra thin latex.
Base width: 2.13″/ 54mm
Length: 8.12″/ 206mm

Trojan Naturalamb

Non-latex, lamb material (does not protect against STIs).
Very wide! Straight shape.
Base width: 2.7″ / 68mm
Length: 7.9″ / 200mm

Trojan Her Pleasure Ecstasy

Uniquely large bulbous head and shaft for more freedom of movement. Ribbed on shaft.
Longer than regular condoms
Base width: 2.13″ / 54mm
Head width: 2.5″ / 64mm
Length: 8.1″ / 205mm

Trojan Stimulation Ecstasy

Similar shape to “Her Pleasure” with even more pleasure ribs along head.
Base width: 2.13″/ 54mm
Head width: 2.5″ / 64mm
Length: 8.1″ / 205mm

Trojan Charged

Tapered securely at the base with huge head space. Longer than most condoms. Tingling ginger lubricant (inside and out). Ribbed along shaft and head.
Base width: 2.0″/ 52mm
Head width:  2.5″/ 64mm
Length: 8.1″/ 205mm

DUREX

Durex XXL

The largest condom made by Durex
Classic straight shape
Base width: 2.3”/58mm
Length: 8.3”/210.8mm

Durex PleasureMAXX

Ribbed and studded for extra stimulation
Slightly wider contoured shape at base than regulars; fitted head without the extra length. More headroom.
Base width: 2.15”/ 54mm
Length: 7.9/200mm

Durex Maximum Love

Regular length; on the wider end of regular sizes and larger headroom.
Base width: 2.15″/ 54mm
Length: 7.5″/ 190mm

LIFESTYLES

SKYN Large

First ever large-size polyisoprene condom.
Strong as latex but softer, more flexible material.
Ideal for people with latex allergy or sensitivity.
Wider base and shaft than the Magnum, but not quite as long.  Slightly longer than average LifeStyle condoms. Straight classic shape. Ideal for thicker than average guys.
Base width: 2.2”/ 56mm
Length: 7.9”/ 200mm

Lifestyles KYNG Gold

A large condom without over-sized headroom. Wider and longer than regular Lifestyles.
Contoured pleasure shape to secure fit around shaft.
Base width: 2.2”/56mm
Length: 8.26” /210mm

Lifestyles KYNG Ribbed

A ribbed version of LifeStyles KYNG
Base width: 2.2″ / 56mm
Length: 8.26″/ 210mm

Lifestyles Pleasure Shape (Pleasure Tipped)

Exclusive over-sized head room, but with the average length.
Stimulates most sensitive areas for both partners
Base width: 2.05”/ 52mm
Head width: a huge 2.9″ / 74mm!
Length: 7.5”/190mm

GLYDE Vegan CONDOMS

GLYDE Maxi

Classic straight shape (no flare). Wider and longer than regular condoms.
Made of vegan latex.
Base width: 2.2″/ 56mm
Length: 8.0″/ 205mm

If “Condoms are too Short”…

GLYDE

GLYDE Maxi

Classic straight shape (no flare or bulbous head). Wider and longer than regular condoms.
Made of vegan latex.
Base width: 2.2″/ 56mm
Length: 8.0″/ 205mm

KIMONO

KIMONO MircoThin Large

Base width: 2.13″/ 54mm
Head width: 2.3″/ 59mm
Length: 7.7″/ 197mm

TROJAN

Trojan ThinTensity Lubricated

25% thinner than Trojan’s standard condom
Close comfort fit around the shaft. Has the same long length as Magnums with snug fit around the shaft and slightly less head room.  Good if one is looking for longer length, but not wider width.
Base width: 2.13″/ 53mm
Length: 8.0″/ 203mm

Trojan SUPRA BareSkin

Is wider and longer than regular condoms. Classic straight shape.
Made of Polyurethane, which is more soft and elastic than latex.
Base width: 2.2”/ 56mm
Length: 7.9”/200mm

Trojan Ultra Thin

Classic straight shape.
Regular size width and slightly longer.
Base width: 2.13″/53mm
Length: 7.9″/ 200mm

Trojan Fire & Ice Dual Lubricated

Very long. Tapered at the base for secure fit, wide bulbous head.
Special tingling and warming lubricant on inside and outside.
Base width: 2.13″/ 54mm
Length: 8.13″/ 205mm

Trojan ENZ non-lubricated

Dry condom. (Great for oral sex).
Classic straight shape. Longer than regular sizes with standard Trojan width.
Base width: 2.1″/53mm
Length: 8.0″/ 200mm

Trojan ENZ Spermicide Lubricant
The classic ENZ long condom also comes with spermicide lubricant (not for oral use).
Base width 2.1″/53mm
Length: 8.0″/ 200mm

Trojan Magnum XL

Is one of the longest and widest condoms on the market.
Base width: 2.1″/53.34mm
Head width: 2.7″/68.58mm
Length:  8.12″/206mm

 Trojan Magnum Original

Tapered at the base for a secure fit and extends wider up the head for comfort. Suitable for guys who find standard condoms too short and too tight.
Base width: 2.1″/53.34mm
Head width: 2.5″/63.5mm
Length: 8.12″/206mm

Trojan Magnum Thin

Thinner than the regular Magnum condoms
Base width: 2.1″/53.34mm
Head width: 2.5″/63.5mm
Length: 8.12″/206mm

DUREX

Durex XXL

The largest condom made by Durex
Classic straight shape
Compared to Trojan Magnum XL, Durex XL is wider at the base and longer, but smaller head than Magnums.
Base width: 2.3”/58mm
Length: 8.3”/210.8mm

Durex Maximum Love

20% thinner than standard latex condoms
Unique easy-on design shape to roll on smooth.
Contoured at the head with a flare shape to the opening.
On the larger side of the regular condom sizes in both width and length.
Base width: 2.1”/54mm
Length: 7.9”/ 200mm

Durex Natural Feeling

Ultra smooth water-based lubricant
About 1.0 to 1.5 inches larger in length and width than regular size condoms
Base width: 2.2”/56mm
Length: 8”/205mm

Durex Sensi Thin

Durex’s thinnest latex condom
Longer than the average condom, with slightly snugger width at the base.  Suitable for guys who are looking for more width without the extra length.
Base width: 2.0”/5.1mm
Length: 7.9”/200mm

LifeStyles

SKYN Large

First ever large-size polyisoprene condom.
Strong as latex but softer, more flexible material- the latest in condom technology.
Ideal for people with latex allergy or sensitivity
Wider base and shaft than the Magnum, but not quite as long.  Slightly longer than average LifeStyle condoms.  Ideal for broader, thicker than average guys.
Base width: 2.2”/55mm
Length: 7.8”/200mm

Lifestyles THYN

Popular contoured shape that flares wide at the head, tapered at the base for secure fit.  Suitable for men between approximately 4.54″ and 4.72″ erect girth (slightly greater length is normal for thin condoms to prevent risk of breakage).
Base width: 2.1” / 53mm
Length: 7.8”/ 200mm

Lifestyles KYGN

Wider and longer than regular Lifestyles condoms.  Not quite as long as Trojan Magnums.  Suitable to those fit in between regular and XL length.
Flare shape for wider end.
Base width: 2.2”/56mm
Length: 8.3”/210mm

If “Condoms are too Long”…

ONE Condoms

ONE Zero

One of the shortest thin condoms out there with regular width.
Classic straight shape.
Width: 2.04″/ 52mm
Length: 7.08″/ 180mm

GLYDE

GLYDE Slim Fit
The smallest vegan latex condom.
Classic straight shape.
Base width: 1.92″/ 49mm
Length: 6.69″/ 170mm

CAUTION WEAR

All Caution Wear “regular” sizes are 7.0″/180mm long, which is shorter than other popular brands.

Caution Wear Classic Plain

Silicon-based lubricant, straight shaped condom
Base width: 2.0”/53mm
Length: 7.0/180mm
Head width: .6”/15mm

Caution Wear Black Ice Ultra Thin

Caution Wears’ thinnest condom (slightly thicker than other brands of thin condoms)
Base width: 2.0”/53mm
Length: 7.0”/180mm

Caution Wear Wild Rose Ribbed

Ribbed straight shaped condom
Base width: 2.0”/53mm
Length: 7.0”/180mm

TROJAN

 Trojan does not manufacture condoms shorter than 7.5”/190mm

DUREX

Durex Enhanced Pleasure

Contoured shape for tapered fit around the base and shaft. Is one of the shortest condoms on the North American market.
Base width: 1.92”/49mm
Length: 6.7”/170mm

LIFESTYLES

Lifestyles 3SUM

Extra ribbed, ultra studded, uniquely shaped.
Uniquely contoured at head for his pleasure (see image here)
Regular condom length but closer fitting shaft and head.
Base width: 1.93”/49mm
Length: 6.69”/ 170mm

Beyond Seven

All Beyond Seven Condoms, except Crown, are less than 7.5 inches long.  They also offer some of the thinnest latex condoms on the market.

Beyond7 Ultra Thin
Classic straight shape condom.  Slightly shorter than standard regular condoms
Base width: 2.0”/51mm
Length: 7.2”/180mm

Beyond 7 Studded

The thinnest condom makers offer studded condoms for those who love extra stimulation.
Studded along the shaft
Base width: 2.0”/51mm
Length: 7.2”/180mm

“Condoms are too Loose”

RFSU

Mamba

Pleasure shaped, ultra thin and vegan latex.
On the larger scale of sung fit condoms.
Base width:  1.97″/ 50mm
Length: 6.89″/ 175mm

ATLAS

Atlas True Fit

A basic smaller condom with tapered shape.
Base width: 1.73″/ 44mm
Head width: 1.93″/ 49mm
Length: 7.08″/ 180mm

CAUTION WEAR

Caution Wear Iron Grip

One of the smallest condoms on the market.
Straight classic shape.
Base width: 1.92”/49mm
Length: 6.7”/ 170mm
Head width: .6”/15mm

TROJAN

Trojan Twisted Pleasure

Special twisted shape and ribs for sensual friction
Regular length of Trojan condoms, but is 0.25” slimmer at the base than regular Trojan condoms for a snug grip round the shaft.
Base width: 1.75″/44mm
Length: 7.8″/198mm

DUREX

Durex Sensi Thin

Durex’s thinnest latex condom
Slightly snugger width and longer length than most regular sizes.  Suitable for long and slender guys.
Base width: 2.0”/5.1mm
Length: 7.9”/200mm

Durex Enhanced Pleasure

Contoured shape for tapered fit around the base and shaft. Is one of the snuggest (and shortest) condoms on the North American market.
Base width: 1.92”/49mm
Length: 6.7”/170mm

LIFESTYLES

Lifestyles Snugger Fit

This is The smallest condom on the North American market.
Unique shape hugs better around shaft and head
Base width: 1.77”/ 45mm
Head width: 1.92″/ 49mm
Length: 7.0”/ 180mm

Lifestyles 3SUM

Extra ribbed, ultra studded, uniquely shaped.
Uniquely contoured at head for his pleasure (see image here)
Regular condom length but closer fitting shaft and head.
Base width: 1.93”/49mm
Length: 6.69”/ 170mm

Beyond Seven

Beyond7 Aloe Enriched

4X more lubricant than standard latex condoms.
Thinner than standard condoms with average length.
Base width: 1.9″/50mm
Length: 7.2″/185mm

All other Beyond7 condoms are approximately 2.0 inches base wide.  Check out their condom size chart for more detailed measurements on all their products.

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OKAMOTO Beyond Seven Condom Size Chart

Beyond Seven Condoms. Image from UndercoverCondoms.com

Beyond Seven Condoms. Image from UndercoverCondoms.com

Beyond Seven is the fourth largest condom brand in the world and has been around since 1937 starting in Tokyo, Japan.  Standard latex condoms are typically .007 inches thick- but the “Sheerlon” latex of Beyond Seven can measure as thin as .004 thickness, offering one of the thinnest condoms (if not the thinnest!) on the market.  These condoms tend to have a standard width of 2.0 inches (measuring the condom laying flat) and to be on the slightly shorter side of standard regular condoms (see our guide on standardized condom sizes).  These condoms are perfect if you prefer a snug and thin fit.  The best thing to do is experiment with different styles to find the right condom for you. Afflitate links within.

For a comparative search of condom sizes, try our Condom Size Calculator. Quick Tip! To find the condom width that fits, divide penis circumference by 2.25. Here is how we got this formula.

Beyond Seven Ultra Thin

Classical shape, straight walled condom made of Sheerlon latex
Base width: 2.0”/51mm
Length: 7.2”/180mm

Beyond Seven Aloe Enriched

4X more lubricant than standard condoms with natural aloe extract for lasting smoothness
Base width: 2.0”/51mm
Length: 7.2”/180mm

Beyond Seven Crown

Super thin latex makes this a very popular condom
Larger than other Beyond7 products
Classic straight shape
Base width: 2.1”/51mm
Length: 7.5”/190mm

.004 beyond sevenBeyond Seven .004

Zero Zero Four measures the success this condom trumps as being the thinnest condom on the market!  Where standard latext condoms are .007, Beyond7 is .004 thickness.
Base width: 2.0”/51mm
Length: 7.2”/180mm

Beyond Seven Studded

The thinnest condom makers also offer studded condoms for those who love extra stimulation.
Studded along the shaft
Base width: 2.0”/51mm
Length: 7.2”/180mm

Beyond Seven Assorted Pack

Perfect those who want to try all that’s offered from Beyond Seven.  This sampler contains 24 condoms including Ultra Thins, Crown, Crown .004, Aloe Enriched, Studded, and Assorted Colors.

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If you are experiencing specific condom fitting problems, check out our fitting solutions guide.  Or you can leave a comment below and we’ll help you out.

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ONE Condom Size Chart

Image sourced from OneCondoms.com

Image sourced from OneCondoms.com

ONE Condoms have a few perks that make them stick out from the rest.  First, when it comes to looks, they think outside the square with round packaging and trendy designs that consumers both illustrate and vote for on ONEcondoms.com. Thumbs up for effort to get people interactive with safer sex.  Second, is charity.  Winning designs become part of their world-wide packaging and a donation of 5000 condoms are made to a non-profit organization of the winner’s choice.

Fun is a big part of this condom- they feature hundreds of colors and shapes and textures.  In general, however, they only offer two sizes:

Regular (Base width: 2.1”/53mm.  Length: 7.5”/190mm)
and Large (Base width: 2.2”/56mm. Length: 7.8”/200mm).

For a comparative search of condoms (without the long lists) try out Condom Calculator!

But keep in mind that size is not everything.  Shape is important too.  ONE Condoms feature some unique shapes to solve fitting ills.  For example, if you are experiencing tight constriction around the head, but the length and shaft are fine, try the dome shape or pleasure pouch or flare shape.  See more details below.  And check out our Fitting Solutions Guide for more options.  The best thing to do is experiment and try new styles.

ONE does not make non-latex condoms.  Lifestyles SKYN Large is the only XL non-latex condom sold at US stores.  There currently are no non-latex snug fits on the market, so it is a matter of trying different shapes and designs.  Both Durex and Lifestyles have a better variety of non-latex condoms.

This is not a company endorsement!  We are independent but some links are affiliate links that earn us a small commission.

Regular/latex

ONE Classic Select Designer

This ONE stands out from the rest as the most normal, straight walled condom compared to ONE’s trendy reputation.
Base width: 2.0”/52.89mm
Length: 7.5”/190mm

ONE Super Sensitive

Offers same length as regular condoms but extra smooth.
Advertised as 50% more lubricant (perhaps this is an upgrade from 2008 when a member of CM reviewed it).
Base width: 2.1”/53mm
Length: 7.5”/190mm

ONE Tantric Pleasure

Decorated with oriental-design ribbing, this is one for the most intricate looking jonnies.
Flared shape gives more head-room and a secure fit at the shaft.
Base width: 2.1”/53mm
Length: 7.5”/190mm

ONE Pleasure Plus

Uniquely shaped- some diagrams make it look a bit like a boat rudder; the roomy pouch at the head features fine ribs to stimulate both partners.
Base width: 2.1”/53mm
Length: 7.5”/190mm

ONE Pleasure Dome

Extra-bulbous head room.
Because of it’s unique shape, it is slightly misleading to categorize this condom as “regular” size.  Suitable for men who experience constriction around the head and find regular condoms to narrow.
Base width: 2.1”/53mm
Length: 7.5”/190mm

ONE 576 Sensation

There are 576 raised latex studs all over this condom.
Base width: 2.1”/53mm
Length: 7.5”/190mm

ONE Glowing Pleasureglow in the dark condom

Make sexy fun!  FDA approved non toxic glow-in-the-dark condoms.  Expose to light for 30 seconds and glows for up to 30 minutes.
Fun fact: ONE Condoms owner, Global Protection Corp., is the first to make glow in the dark condoms.
Base width: 2.1”/53mm
Length: 7.5”/190mm

ONE Mixed Pleasure

Get a mixed bag of 9 different choices from ONE’s pleasure line, including Super Sensitive, 576 Sensation, ZERO, Pleasure Plus, Pleasure Dome, Flavor Waves, Glowing Pleasure, Color Sensations, and The Legend.
All regular size, except The Legend.

Large/latex

ONE The Legend

Wider at head and base, and longer than regular condoms.
Base width: 2.2”/56mm
Length: 7.8”/200mm
Note: Same size as Lifestyle’s non-latex SKYN Large.  If you need larger, check out Durex and Trojan.

ONE Zero Ultra Thin

25% thinner than standard condoms
Flare shape at the top
Base width: 2.2”/56mm
Length: 7.5”/190mm

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This is the latest edition of our condom size chart with the latest ONE condom products.  During our research we noticed that some condom retail sites give conflicting measurements for the same condom.  So, we gathered our information from the companies themselves and verified sizes with retailers including Undercover Condoms and Condom Jungle.  If you come across a falsely measured product, let us know!

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Condom Size Chart has been Updated

iStock_000008877505XSmallCondom Monologues is thrilled to announce that our Condom Size Chart is up-to-date!  This is our most popular post so we think it crucial to keep it spick and span.  It includes objective measurements researched by CM’s staff of all the latest condom products from North America’s top three brands: Trojan, Durex and LifeStyles. And we provide links to other works at CM depending on how in-depth you want to know your condom before using.

This is not a company endorsement.  We do not cater support for one condom company over another.  Instead we offer this as a map to help guide through the frustrating aisle of condoms where each product self-proclaims to be the “Thinnest”, “Most Sensitive”, “Ultra Pleasure” out there. We hope this size chart continues to help find suitable condoms and experience new pleasures.

Check out the latest version of Condom Size Chart here!

 

What Condom Size Am I?

The reason so many guys ask, What Condom Size Am I? is because condom sizing and how to measure ourselves is not very clear.  There is no such thing as one-size fits every individual or couple.

And yet using the right condom is essential.  The wrong size increases the risk of breakage, slippage and discomfort.  Experimenting and finding the correct condom is the difference between those who enjoy sex with condoms and those who hate them and use them inconsistently, putting themselves and others at risk of STIs and unwanted pregnancy.

Published with permission from thebadchemicals.com

Published with permission from thebadchemicals.com

What Condom Size Am I?

The first thing you need to do is measure the size of your penis. This isn’t hard (but your penis must be to get correct measurements!).  There are three main measurements you need to take. First, from the base of your penis which is the part where the condom would stop rolling (no need to put the condom over your testicles!) and measure up to the tip of your penis….This is your length.

Then measure the girth of your penis at the mid-point of the shaft. You can wrap a tape measure around the shaft or you can use a string and then measure the string with a ruler.

Most condom widths are measured by the condom laying flat (it is not the circumference). Condoms are designed to fit securely while forming the body shape. The base width should be less than half the girth of your penis size by about half an inch (13mm). Therefore to know if your girth will fit a condom width simply divide your penis circumference by 2.25 (In this post we explain how we got this formula).

(Most links are internal links to our site.  External links to condoms may be affiliate links that earn us a small commission. This is not a company endorsement). 

What Sizes Exist?

Now you have the measurements you can go over to our Condom Size Calculator. There you will find measurements for each condom brand and be able to find your size and compare what exactly “Snug” “Regular” and “Large” mean.  We also offer updated size charts based on the top sold brands: Trojan Condom, Lifestyles, Durex, KimonoONE Condoms and Caution Wear. More brands to come!ruler

The average condom length in North America…

is 7.5″/190.5mm.  Since a vast portion of men are between 5.1″ – 6.5″, most do not need to be concern with length.  If length is your concern, check out our condom fitting solutions chart for recommendations to specific needs.

Girth or “thickness” is crucial.  The average condom is made to fit a 4.8″- 5.2″ erect circumference.  In condom terms, that equals approximately 2.0″/50.8mm-2.2″/55.8mm base wide (remember, width is measured by the condom lying flat).

General, rule of thumb: If you measure less than 4.8 inches girth, go with a snugger fit.  Fit you are greater than 5.2 inches, select large condoms, such as SKYN Large, Durex XXL, and Magnums.

Shape Matters

However, this does not solve all problems.  What if you are skinny and long, short and wide?  You will also need to think about shape and material (latex, polyisoprene, etc.), especially if you find you’re in between sizes.

A common complaint is that condoms are too tight around the head.  So, many condoms companies have now designed condoms with oversized head room, including flair shape design and extra bulbous head.  Here are the top North American brands:

LifeStyles Pleasure Shape (Bulbous head)
LifeStyles WYLD (Bulbous head)
LifeStyles THYN (Flare shape)
Trojan Her Pleasure (Flare shape)
Trojan Pleasures Ecstasy Fire and Ice (Flare shape)
Trojan Stimulations Ecstasy (Tapered flare)
Trojan Magnum (Tapered at the base, flare at head)
ONE Condom Pleasure Plus (Roomy pouch at the head)
ONE Condom Tantric Pleasures (Wider base/head, tapered along the shaft)
ONE Condom Pleasure Dome (oversized head, regular base width)
Durex PleasureMAX (wider base and head)
Kimono Maxx (Wider head)

Remember, you can find exact measurements for each condom on their respective size charts or on our condom size calculator.

There are also condoms which are longer than average, but regular or smaller width.

Trojan Supra
Trojan ThinTensity (slightly longer and wider; not as big as Magnums).
Durex Sensi Thin (longer and slightly narrow than regulars).

Or how about wider shaft, but close fitting head:

Lifestyles 3SUM

Elasticity.  Latex or Poly or the other Poly?

There are two new non-latex options available now.  Polyurethane was first introduced by Durex in the 1990s.  This material is less elastic than latex and polyisoprene, and is slightly thinner.  So it can be ideal for those who prefer less skin-tight condoms that clings to every contour of his tool, and instead prefer a bit of give in the condom.

The most popular polyurethane condom in North America is Trojan Supra.

Polyisoprene is the latest non-latex material for male condoms, introduced by Lifestyles in 2008.  This material is more soft, elastic and form-fitting than both polyurethane and latex.  This material is ideal because it can stretch more comfortably over shapely parts of the penis.  So this may be a better option if you are in between sizes then the uniquely shaped condoms.  Polyisoprene is available in North America by Durex Avanti Bare and Lifestyles SKYN.

Practice Makes Perfect!

The best thing to do is keep experimenting to find the best condoms for you (and your partners).

Just make sure you don’t engage in oral or penetrative sex if a condom does not fit! So, firstly, answer the question “What Condom Size Am I?” for yourself and then check against the size charts and get a hold of your best fit.

Let us know if you have any questions at all and we will always do our best to fully answer them. Don’t be embarrassed.  Use a fake name if you really need to. We will never judge you for your questions.

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Contraceptive Contraptions: A history of the condom

The earliest known image of STD protection dates back to 1000BC Egypt. (Images sourced from Perera (2004) "Taking Precautions". pg 94.

The earliest known image of STD protection dates back to 1000BC Egypt. (Images sourced from Perera (2004) Taking Precautions: An intimate history of birth control. pg 94.

A site about condoms and condom stories is never complete, and neither is the lavish, outlandish history of the device.  It’s history is full of insights into human character with all its flaws and foibles.

The invention of the latex condom is relatively new in modern history.  However, the principle to protect against sexually transmitted diseases and infections (STIs) dates back to at least 1,000BC (Perera, 2004: 95).  Ancient Egyptians were protecting themselves with linen sheaths from a parasitic disease known as Schistosomiasis.  Anthropologists have also found evidence of female condoms to prevent pregnancy.  The Petri Papyrus of 1850BC lists several female condoms, one of which was crocodile’s dung cut up on auyt-paste and inserted into the vagina.  In fact, animal dung was used as a female contraceptive across many societies.  The Aztec Badianus manuscript of 1552 explains, “and you shall put into the vulva the crushed herb of the calabash or cucurbita root and eagle’s excrement.”  Dung stuffed linen aside, the one devise that could protect against both STDs and pregnancy wasn’t produced until 1855 during the industrial revolution and the advent of vulcanized rubber.

Of course, when safer sex first became a known practice in ancient societies, the scientific frameworks for understanding biology, medicine, sexuality, and public health were vastly different.  Hippocrates, the father of western medicine once stated, “After coitus if the woman ought not to conceive, she makes it a custom for the semen to fall outside when she wishes this” (R.I.Chalmers, 1987)… pause … blink … isn’t this reminiscent of the 2012 Teaparty Candidate Todd Akin’s infamous statement that women’s bodies can prevent pregnancy in cases of “legitimate rape”?

Anyway, I’m not stating that the risks of unwanted pregnancies and transmitting or contracting STIs is significantly less in contemporary life because we may have greater public awareness and better medical technology.  Rather it’s to recognize that health science and perceptions of “risks” and “healthy” sexuality are products of social contexts- its history and location, politics and economics- and therefore have a transformable quality.  That’s what makes the story of the condom throughout human civilization so interesting; because, like a flirtatious cuttlefish, it morphs into so many different types, shapes, and sizes, not to mention the amount of knowledge, myth and stigma that have carried throughout its making.

Contraceptive Censorship

Just to mention a few effects of stigma: In 1873, the U.S. government illegalized the advertisement of any contraception. That same set of laws also allowed for the confiscation of condoms sent through the mail and banned the sale of any condoms in up to thirty states (Collier, 2007).  Due to the belief that venereal disease was the price one paid for sinful choices, health experts from The American Social Hygiene Association objected to American soldiers being issued condoms- so during WWI they weren’t (Perera, 2004).

Skip over 113 years and we face statistics like 35% of all U.S. sex education programs require abstinence be taught as the ONLY option for unmarried people and either prohibit any discussions of contraception or limit discussions to its ineffectiveness.  Stigma still runs amuck sexuality and safer sex practices today.

So what preceded the latex condom?  As the most basic device for safe sex, different versions of the barrier method were utilized in most societies for millennium, and thus it is near impossible to account for all sexual practices, customs, beliefs, and attitudes.  Here we take a glimpse into some western society habits in which the devise was made at the expense of sexual pleasure; almost all made with only hetero-male health and interests in mind; and certainly most practices kept in secrecy from public mind and records.

Medieval to Victorian, Dung to Intestine   

The first western medical record of the condom is found in Gabriello Falloppio’s book on syphilis published in 1564 when the STD was a European epidemic.  He details condoms that he made from linen sheaths dipped in salt and herbs and tied under the foreskin.  Nothing in his records test comfort or sexual satisfaction, but we do know that animal intestines eventually became the superior condom material.

Users tended to hail from higher-income strata as condom were expensive and available only in boutique shops in the cities where seamstresses handmade each baudruches. Louis XVI could afford to have his animal-bowel condoms lined with velvet and silk.  There were some available for those with less income if one was willing to buy second-hand.  As Shyama Perera’s explains in her book Taking Precautions: An intimate history of birth control (2004), there was a “Miss Jenny” in 1820s London who hand-washed used condoms and resold them at a more affordable price.

The Rise of Rubber

By the 1850s, vulcanized rubber was invented and condoms started to roll out of factories.  The process was labor intensive as each rubber condom was dipped in cement and then hand-shaped and smoothed by rubbing and trimming.  It was also a major fire hazard because gasoline and benzene were used to suspend the rubber.  Rubber condoms were reusable and had a shelf life of about 3 months making them more economical, but the “skin” condoms remained the preferred product for better comfort and sensitivity (keep in mind, lubricant wasn’t invented until 1957.  Ouch!).  Also, at this time, there were no standard quality control methods.  According to condom historian, Aine Collier, some American factories sold their defective condoms at a cheaper price rather than discard them.

Another outcome of the Industrial Revolution was the beginning shifts of condoms away from a sign of wealth towards health.  By WWI, the use of condoms was more prominent among European soldiers as the rate of STDs increased.  Armed forces would distribute them for free to its members even in countries where condoms were illegal for the general population (the U.S. military did not catch on to condom sense until WWII).

Introducing Trojan Latex

In 1920, Young Rubber Company, the makers of Trojan, was the first to manufacture a latex condom, which was a great improvement from the rubber condom because they were easier and far less of a fire hazard to produce.  Latex is also thinner, smoother, and stronger with longer lasting shelf life then rubber.  By 1932, Europe’s first latex condom, Durex, was manufactured on conveyor system assembly lines, making them far less labor intensive nor subject to human error.

Marie Stopes’s first health clinic in London did make condoms readily available and was the only outlet from which women could buy them.  However, the clinic encouraged women to use female contraceptive techniques, such as the cervical cap, rather than rely on protection made for men.

Quality Control

Stigma around the use of contraceptives continued and disinformation meant that not everyone trusted condoms.  Of course, the lack of quality control specifications didn’t help.  Perera (2004) documents rumors stating that Catholic factory staff would deliberately poke holes in condoms.  The introduction of electronic testing machines helped eradicate rumors.  By 1957, the manufacturing process advanced to dramatically reduce the amount of defective rubber and latex, and also allow the first lubricated condom on the market.  It wasn’t until the 1960s that most countries in Europe and North America established a certification of national standard specifications for condoms manufacturers to follow.

What were once common problems of slippage and breakage are virtually obsolete with contemporary production.  Today, different studies on latex condom breakage tend to reflect a breakage rate of around .4%, or only 4 breaks in every 1,000 uses.  Which means that if a condom breaks than it is highly likely caused by user-error rather than manufacturer issues.

The Discovery of AIDS and Height of Condom Use

With industrialization, condoms increasingly became relied upon.  Yet it wasn’t until the 1980s and 90s when HIV/AIDS was first declared a pandemic, that condoms became fervently promoted by governments and health organizations.  Within the first year of the UK campaign, condom sales increase by 20%. 1988 was the first time in condom history in which condoms were the most popular birth control choice for British married couples.  In the U.S., condoms ranked third in popularity among married couples, and a strong second among single women following the Pill.

The Femidom

It was during the time of the first HIV/AIDS crisis that the female condom was manufactured on a large scale despite many experts’ false and damaging advice that women were at “low risk” of contracting HIV.  The Femidom, or FC2, is far more advanced than lemon halves used by ancients and cervical caps promoted in the 1920, which do not protect against STDs/STIs.   The FC2 is a device made of polyurethane that is inserted into the vagina with a wide base that sits on the outer parts of the vulva.  Besides allowing females to be in control of condom use, another advantage of the FC2, is that it can be inserted for up to 8 hours before sex- so no intermission needed for application.

Contemporary Condom Conundrum

The twenty-first century condom is produced by a greater range of manufacturers, non-profit organizations, and government programs around the world.  Thanks to modern technological innovation, condoms are far more comfortable, safer, stronger, and smoother then Greek goat’s bladders or oiled silk paper.  Who knows what the next advancement will be.  There are reports of spray-on condoms in the midst.

The promotion and availability of condoms has also dramatically improved.  Nowadays, condoms are typically displayed in public restrooms, supermarkets and pharmacies, or bought in bulk online without age restriction or parental consent required.  And they are affordable enough to not need rinsing and re-using!

Condoms have reached a status of “common sense” for many.  An American-based 2010 study by the Alan Guttmacher Institute found that the condom is the most common protection used at first intercourse (females 68% and males 80%).

However, the same study found that as individuals continue to have sex, their use of condoms decreases as they get older.  The rate of STDs/STIs is extremely high among American youth:  One in two sexually active individuals will get a STD usually before the age of 25.  According to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, two-thirds of all individuals who become infected with STIs in the United States are younger than 25 years old!  The reason for this is because young people simply are not using condoms and other barriers consistently or correctly to protect themselves and their partners.

Want to see a visual account of condom history?  Here is a mini-documentary (7:47min.) by Trojan to commemorate Condom Month (February, of course), and posted by Queerty Online Mag.

…So the condom campaign continues.  History never ends.  For a more on problems with condom use, read here about the case to include more condoms in everyday popular culture.

 

 

Condom Size Chart

This article aims to consolidate sizing info from leading brands.  We hope to lessen the confusion over what’s “snug”, “regular”, and “XL”. Last updated: 8 November 2015

For a more user friendly, comparative condom search try our new Condom Size Calculator .

When it comes to condoms, fitting matters for effective protection and pleasure. Considering the array of choices and the fact that every penis is different, finding the right condom can be daunting (but also fun!).  The best thing to do is experiment and keep an open mind to new brands, contours, textures.

Measurements here are from our self measurements or from our trusted affiliates at Lucky Bloke and Undercover Condoms. The reported width is measured by condoms laying flat, so it is not the circumference. To understand if your penis girth fits condom width simply divide your penis circumference by 2.25.  How did we get this formula? Read this post for research details.

Jump to Trojan Size ChartDurex Size ChartLifeStyles Size Chart.

Our size charts are constantly updated, so please join our FacebookTwitter or RSS feed to keep informed.

We’ve added new size charts for Gylde CondomsKimono CondomsBeyond Seven Condoms, ONE, and Caution Wear (links to charts). And we’ve recently consolidated non-latex sizes too.

We also supply an ill-fitting solutions chart for those who find condoms tend to be too loose, too tight, too short or too long.i'm so excited

Now onto the condom size chart for major U.S. brands

(Sizes may vary by a few milimmeters but this should not affect fitting. Links to external sites may be affiliate links and could earn us a small commission. We are an independent collective.  This is not a company endorsement)

Trojan Condom Sizes

Look!  We have a more in depth version of Trojan Condom Sizes here!

Trojan is the number one US condom brand. Their website is a visual treat. However, sizing is not as comprehensive as Durex. They classify their condoms in Regular, Large and Extra Large. The shortest and most slender condom they offer is 7.9″/200mm long and 2.0″/52mm base width (which is the standard “regular” size for most condoms).  The longest and widest Trojan size is Trojan Magnum XL, (8.3″/210mm long and 2.3″/58mm base width and a whooping 2.5″/64mm head width).

Below is a list of how each product fits under Trojan’s “Regular”, “Large” and “XL” scale. For more details on each Trojan condom, check out our Trojan Condom Size Chart.

Size REGULAR

TROJAN® Ultra Thin Spermicidal Lubricant Condoms

Trojan Ultra Thin Spermicidal Lubricated

Contains Nonoxynol-9 Spermicide
Base Width: 2.1″/53mm
Length: 7.6″/196mm

TROJAN® Extended Pleasure™ Condoms with Climax Control Lubricant

Base width: 2.05″/52mm
Length: 7.9″/200mm

TROJAN® Pleasure Pack Lubricated Condoms

Supplies 4 Her Pleasures, 2 Fire & Ice, 4 Twisted Pleasure, and 2 Intense Ribbed

Size LARGE

MAGNUM Ecstasy

Wide head that is tampered at the bass for comfort.
Base width: 2.2″/56mm
Head width: 2.5″/64mm
Length: 8.13″/205mm

MAGNUM® Fire & Ice

Warming and tingling dual lubricant sensation.
Base width: 2.2″/56mm
Head width: 2.5″/63.5mm
Length: 8.12″/205mm

MAGNUM® Thin

Now Thin for bare skin feeling.
Base width: 2.2″/56mm
Head width: 2.5″/63.5mm
Length: 8.12″/205mm

TROJAN BareSkin or Supra (these are their only non-latex condoms and one of their most popular)

Made of Polyurethane
Base width: 2.1”/53mm
Length: 7.9”/200mm

TROJAN® Ultra Thin Lubricated Condoms

Trojan Ultra Thin Lubricated

Base Width: 2.1″/53mm
Length: 7.9/200mm

TROJAN® Ultra Ribbed Spermicidal Lubricant Condoms

Contains Nonoxynol-9
Base Width: 2.13″/54mm
Length: 8.13″/205mm

TROJAN® Ecstasy Ultra Ribbed Lubricated Condoms

Based width: 2.13″/54mm
Length: 8.13″/205mm

TROJAN® ENZ Non-Lubricated™ Condoms

Base width: 2.13″/54mm
Length: 8.13″/205mm

Trojan-ENZ® Spermicidal Lubricant Condoms

Contains Nonoxynol-9
Base width: 2.13″/54mm
Length: 8.13″/ 205mm

Size XL

MAGNUM® XL Lubricated Condoms

Trojan’s widest condom; 30% wider than regular size
Base width: 2.2″/56mm
Head width: 2.7″/68.58mm
Length:  8.3″/210mm

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Durex Condom Sizes

See our more in depth DUREX SIZE CHART HERE

Durex used to supply visual diagrams of dimensions but sadly they did away with these!  We’ve grouped condoms accordingly.

Size SNUG

According to our research, Durex does not offer condoms less than 2.1″ /52mm wide.

Size REGULAR

Durex Avanti Bare Real Feel (named “Latex-Free” in Europe)
Durex’s only non-latex condom
Base width: 2.1″/ 52mm
Length: 7.2″ / 183mm

Natural Feeling Lubricated
Easy roll on flare shape
Water-based lubricant
Base width: 2.1″/ 52mm
Length: 7.5″/ 190mm

Durex Natural Feeling Dry
Non-lubricated for those who prefer dry condoms
Base width: 2.1/ 52mm
Length: 7.5″/ 190mm

Durex Extra Sensitive

Base width: 2.13/ 54mm
Length: 7.5″/ 190mm

Sensi Thin (“Featherlite Ultra” in Europe):

Base width: 2.1″/53mm
Length: 7.5″/190mm

Size LARGE

 

Enhanced Pleasure

 

Base width: 2.16″ /55mm
Length: 8.0” /205mm

Maximum Love

Unique flare shape for easy roll-on
Base width: 2.1”/54mm
Length: 7.8″/ 198mm

Performax

Base width: 2.13”/54mm
Length:  7.9”/200mm

Pleasuremax

Base width: 2.13”/54mm
Length: 7.9”/200mm

Size XL

Durex XXL
Base width: 2.3”/58mm
Length: 8.3”/210.8mm

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LifeStyles Condom Sizes (“Mates” in Europe)

Check out our updated LIFESTYLES SIZES HERE

Size SNUG

LifeStyles Snugger Fit

Base width: 1.9” / 48mm
Length: 6.7” /170mm

Lifestyles 3SUM

Base width: 1.9”/50mm
Length: 6.7”/170mm

Size REGULAR

SKYN Original /SKYN Extra Lubricated

Made of polyisoprene
Base width: 2.1”/53mm
Length: 7.5”/190mm

THYN

Base width: 2.1″/ 53mm
Length: 7.8″/ 200mm

Lifestyles Ultra Sensitive

Base width: 2.0/ 52mm
Length: 7.5″/ 190mm

Lifestyles Ultra Thin

Base width: 2.1″/ 53mm
Length: 7.5″/ 190mm

WYLD

Base width: 2.1″/ 53mm
Length: 7.5″/ 190mm

Size LARGE

SKYN Large (Polyisoprene)

Base width: 2.2″/ 56mm
Length: 7.9″/ 200mm

Lifestyles Pleasure Shape/Tipped

XL headroom!
Base width: 2.0″/ 52mm
Head width: 2.9″/ 74mm
Length: 7.5″/ 190mm

KYNG Gold

Base width: 2.2”/56mm
Length: 8.2”/210mm

KYNG Ribbed

Base width: 2.2″/ 56mm
Length: 8.2″/ 210mm

More large sizes available at our LifeStyles Size Chart

For more info on Non-Latex Condoms see our post on Non-Latex Condom Options

The Legal Stuff: Age of consent and medical advice

The size charts are made for you to consult and hopefully find the brand that suits within your size range and needs. If you cannot find the answer to your question, just ask. But please be aware that we do not condone sexual activity of under-age males and females in state or country. Also, we are not medical professionals. We offer opinions from personal experience and research. Professional advice should always be sought.

For a younger audience, start here: Scarleteen, and for all ages Planned Parenthood.

Ansell Lifestyles, Ultra Thin

Image source from http://www.productreview.com.au/p/ansell-lifestyles-ultra-thin.html

Image source from http://www.productreview.com.au/p/ansell-lifestyles-ultra-thin.html

Note: We bought these in New Zealand, but in North America they have blue colored packaging.

This is a great condom.  Generally, I find Lifestyles tend to be a bit tight around the ring and difficult to roll down to the base.  But the Micro-Thin fits like a (G)love!  It unrolls ease every time with just the right amount of stretch so there is not a lot of time spent making sure it’s on correctly.  And no complaints in the sensitivity dept.  I give the condom a 4 out of 5.  The only reason it doesn’t hit top spot is because it has that slight latex scent that I dislike, which makes my want to try the polyisoprene version.

Laying flat, it’s measurements are

Length: 7.6in/193mm
Base width: 2.0in/50.8mm (this condom has the same width from the ring up until the reservoir tip).

(This is not a product endorsement!  While some of our links are affiliate links that earn us a small commission, Condom Monologues is an independent, grassroots collective and we do not favor on brand or product for profit).

Watch Your Mouth! Protecting yourself during oral sex

oral sex protection tipsWe’ve received requests for more info about condoms that are made specifically for oral sex, as well as other safer oral sex methods.  Indeed, the know-how in this area is not as wide known as it should be.  People are less likely to protect themselves during oral sex…even among those cautious sexers who use condoms consistently.  Perhaps this is because some do not consider oral sex to be “real sex” and thus think it’s less risky.  But the fact is that oral sex is sex (some prefer it to genital sex) and many diseases and infections you can catch or transmit through intercourse you can also get through oral sex, regardless of whether you swallow or not.  As one of our readers pointed out, HPV (the most common STI in the USA today) is often transmitted during oral sex (these are some good sources for more info on HPV: HPV AwakeningScarleteen, SEX,etc.).  So in this post we go through safer oral sex practices and how to find the right method for yourself.

To reduce the risk of STIs, you can use latex or non-latex barriers.  For fellatio (oral sex with penis) use a condom.  For cunnilingus and analingus use dental dams, latex or nitrile gloves, or plastic wrap (but remember, not the microwaveable wrap!).

Fellatio and Condoms Options

A condom for safe oral sex can be perfectly satisfying should the right condom be used according to your tastes and needs.  First of all, do not use condoms or lubricants made with spermicide, such as nonoxynol-9 which can numb your tongue.  And do not use any condoms designed to “extend” male performance, such as Trojan’s Extended Pleasure, as these are made with not-so-tasty benzocaine that will leave an unpleasant sensation in your mouth.  Choose condoms that are water-based (most condoms are) or choose a non-lubricated condom.

For those who do not like the taste of latex or have a latex allergy, there are many non-latex options on the market made of polyisoprene or polyurethane (lambskin does not protect against STIs so do not use them for oral sex!).  These non-latex condoms are virtually odorless and tasteless.  However, most non-latex are difficult to buy in stores or pharmacies; but online stocks are varied and plenty.

Flavored condoms or lubricants are also a good option.  You can buy multipacks to determine your favorite flavor and there are usually small sample packs of lube available at sex-shops.  But be sure to use a lubricant that is compatible with the condom material- oil-based lubes cannot be used with latex or polyisoprene.  There are also flavored gel strips, like Masque, which simply dissolves on your tongue like a candy and the flavor lasts for up to 15 minutes.

Dental Dames and Barriers

If you are giving or receiving oral sex from mouth to vulva (outside of vagina) or mouth to anus there are various barrier methods to protect from STIs: Dental dams or making your own barrier from condoms, gloves, or plastic wrap.

A dental dam is a thin rectangle-shaped sheet used for cunnilingus or analingus to protect against sexually transmitted infections during oral sex.  Like condoms, dental dams are typically made with latex, polyurethane or polyisoprene.  There are flavored dams, colored dams, dams that you hold in place, and non-slip no-hold dams. Unfortunately, dental dams are not as readily accessible in pharmacies and retail stores.  This is part of an all too common and dangerous oversight in safe sex inventory.  Often female safe sex products or non-penetrative sex products are placed secondary to condoms and are not as easily accessible.  This is another advantage to shopping online.  Sexual health clinics, such as Planned Parenthood also supply dental dams.

If you and/or your partner are concerned that oral sex will not feel as amazing with a protective barrier, take some advise from Heather Corinna at Scarleteen.com, and put a few drops (not too many!) of lubricant on the genitals of the receiver before putting on the barrier.  This will keep the material from sticking and will increase sensitivity and sensation immensely.

Check out this pamphlet for more information about STIs and diseases that the dental dam protects against.

If you find dental dams too tricky to get a hold of or not the right material/shape for you, you should try making a barrier just for you or your partner using a condom or glove.

These are some excellent sources for step-by-step instructions on how to make a dental dam from condoms or gloves: YouShouldKnow.caSTD.about.com, PAMF.org.

Hopefully this information will help you receive and perform safer oral sex. If you have any further questions or even some extra tips / experiences to share then please leave a comment below.

Non-Latex Condom Options

purple condomOptions for non-latex condoms today are increasing and more people are choosing non-latex condoms regardless of latex allergies.  This is basically because the latest non-latex options are made of material that is softer, thinner, more elastic than latex rubber.  In this post, we explain basic facts about non-latex condoms, such as what the differences are between polyisoprene and polyurethane, and what are the advantages and disadvantages of different non-latex options. All condoms, except Lambskin, have the advantage of protecting against both sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancy. Condoms do not require clinical visits, they do not alter hormones nor have physical side effects. Non-latex condoms are a key solution for those who are sensitive to latex.  Options include lambskin, polyurethane and polyisoprene condoms, AT-10 synthetic resin and synthetic nitrile rubber. Lambskin condoms, also known as “natural skin” or “sheepskin”, are one of the oldest methods of birth control.  They are made of a thin layer of cecum which is part of the sheep’s intestine.  The organic matter provides such intimate sensation that many users consider them the closest thing to not wearing a condom.  Lambskin condoms are effective at preventing pregnancy.  However, they do not prevent against sexually transmitted bacteria or viral infections, including herpes and HIV.  Now that there are other latex alternatives, lambskin may decline in popularity as other non-latex options- like polyurethane and polyisoprene- do provide protection against STIs and pregnancy.

Want to know the size and variety of non-latex condoms available on the market?  Do a comparative search at our Condom Calculator or visit our Non-Latex Condom and Dams Size Chart.

What are the benefits of lambskin condoms?

  • Lambskin condoms are suitable for people with latex allergies and sensitivities.
  • They are thin and have a high reputation of providing the best pleasure of all condom types.
  • They transmit body heat better than latex.
  • They are biodegradable
  • They can be used with oil, silicon and water-based lubricants
  • They protect against unwanted pregnancy.
  • They are typically available in most drugstores and can be easily bought online.

What are the disadvantages of lambskin condoms?

  • They do not protect against sexually transmitted infections and diseases.
  • They do not protect against the risks of oral sex.
  • They are expensive; approximately $3.00 each compared to the average Trojan latex condom cost of 0.50 each.
  • Trojan is the only manufacturer of lambskin condoms in North America.
  • They are not vegan

The first FDA approved polyurethane condom was Durex Avanti in the 1990s.  Compared to latex, polyurethane condoms are thinner and do not have a scent.  While very durable, polyurethane is less elastic and snug fitting than latex, making the risk of slippage or breakage higher.  Thus lubrication (oil, silicone, or water-base) is highly recommended for penetrative sex.  In 2009, Durex started manufacturing polyisoprene condoms instead of polyurethane, now called Avanti Bare Real Feel. Today, Trojan SUPRA is the most popular polyurethane condom on the North American market.

Benefits of Polyurethane

  • Thinner and less odor than latex
  • Transmits body heat very well
  • Can be used with oil, silicon and water-based lubricants
  • Available for female condoms and dental dams
  • They cost more than latex condoms, but are cheaper than lambskin
  • Ideal for those who prefer less tight, less body forming fit.

Disadvantages of Polyurethane

  • They are less elastic and are loose fitting compared to latex, thus increasing the risk of malfunction if no lubricant is used.
  • They are not biodegradable
  • Not easily accessible in all drugstores or supermarkets

Polyisoprene came on the market in 2008 by LifeStyles SKYN product line, and soon after Durex re-manufactured Avanti Bare Real Feel with the new material.  It is a natural rubber that is chemically similar to latex, but without the latex allergens.  In comparison to polyurethane condoms, polyisoprene is softer, more supple and form fitting, and slightly thicker (similar thickness to standard latex).  To date, polyisoprene condoms are sold in North America by LifeStyles and Durex.

Advantages of Polyisoprene

  • Softer, more elastic and form-fitting than both latex and polyurethane.
  • They transmit heat better than latex
  • They are cheaper than polyurethane condoms, but not as cheap as latex.

Disadvantages of Polyiosprene

  • Not biodegradable
  • Cannot be used with oil-based lubricants
  • Not made in both male and female form.
  • Not as readily available in stores; easier to find and buy online.

Nitrile Rubber: FC2 is the most common female condom globally and the only female condom available in North America.  In 2009, FC2 began manufacturing with nitrile rubber, which offers the same benefits and protection as polyurethane, but is less expensive to produce.  It is also softer and more supple than polyurethane.

Benefits of Nitrile Rubber

  • Hypo-allergenic
  • Protects against STIs and pregnancy
  • Significantly less expensive than other female condoms
  • Less likely to make the infamous crinkling noises as polyurethane femidoms.
  • Softer, more form-fitting, and supple than polyurethane.
  • Can use oil, silicon and oil-base lubricants

Disadvantages of Nitrile Rubber

  • Not biodegradable
  • 2X more expensive than male condoms
  • Not easily accessible in drugstores and supermarkets

This is a post that will be updated.  If you know of other non-latex condom options, please let us know.  And don’t be shy to ask any questions or leave comments here.