The importance and how-to of Condom Sizing
When using a condom it’s important to pay attention to condom sizes. If you don’t the little rubber can be rendered completely useless and result in the spread of infection or pregnancy. Condom sizing varies a lot from brand to brand and also from type to shape, so it also pays to test as many as you can over a period of time before you settle on one specific condom and buy in bulk.
How do you work out condom sizing?
Measuring your penis is easy but you have to do it right. You need either a soft measuring tape or a piece of string and a ruler to measure the string against. First you need to measure the length of your penis. Put the measuring tape or string at the very base of your penis and measure up to the very tip making sure it’s central and you get the correct length. Jot that length down.
Then you need the circumference. This is done by measuring all the way around your penis at the lowest convenient point (the penis base). At this stage you could also measure the circumference at the head (the widest part at the top).
Condom Size Guidelines
Now to get the correct size you can follow these general guidelines. Most male condoms in North America are made to fit the “average” man, which is between 5.1″ and 6.5″ long and 5″ girth. Thus, size “regular” condom tends to be 7.5″ long and 2.0-2.2″ base width (this is the condom lying flat, not the circumference).
If you measure less than 5 inches girth, go with snugger fit condoms. If you are thicker than 5.2″ go with larger condoms. For more suggestions and details, for example on shape and material, go to our post titled What Condom Size Am I? (can you tell we get this question a lot?).
You can also head over to our condom size chart and view the dimensions for all condoms offered by major brands. We also have an ill-fitting solutions chart that offers suggestions to specific condom problems.
In more detail, why condom sizing is important!
It’s easy to force on a condom that is too small or wear a baggy condom with the attitude that. “Well, it’s covering at least”. However, I can bet you $20 the sex will not be as enjoyable. And when the condom breaks and you’ve put you and your partner’s health at risk you cannot blame the condom. A large proportion of the statistics on broken condom is caused by incorrect sizes and use.
Sex is fun but the consequences are serious. Most of these worries can be alleviated by just being sensible and getting things like your condom size right.
A condom that is too tight can easily rip. A condom that is too loose or too short can let semen escape from the bottom or rip due to folding. Plus ill-fitted condoms simply do not allow the sexual experience to feel as good as it should.
Be smart and be safe. Thanks for reading!