One Size Doesn’t Fit All: How to Know Your Real Condom Size?

Jul 15, 2021
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One Size Doesn’t Fit All: How to Know Your Real Condom Size?

Condom size matters. During sex education classes, more time is spent laughing at failed attempts involving a banana instead of focusing on the importance of condom size. Many places where we first access condoms, such as sex health clinics, provide standard sized condoms that are not going to fit everyone. It’s not the best start to sex if you’re being distracted by your condom slipping off or feeling too tight.

Too short? There’s a high chance that the condom will snap during sex, which can make it ineffective and increases the risk of STI transmission. Too long? The condom is likely to roll up the shaft and hang off the end of the penis. Not only does this make it ineffective but it’s also distracting and uncomfortable for the wearer.

Here are our top tips for finding your perfect condom fit:

Measure your penis

It sounds obvious but it’s the best place to start. You may want to be super accurate and take a tape measure to your penis or you could follow the toilet paper roll test, which is more entertaining. Either way, remember to measure both the length and nominal width of your penis, measuring at the base, as well as the widest part of the shaft

Leave your ego at the door

While we may dream of being XXL, the reality is that most of us are walking around with normal sized penises. According to a recent study in the British Journal of Urology International, the average size of a flaccid penis is 3.6 inches (length) and 3.7 inches (width). But penis size doesn’t ultimately matter - condom size does.

Try several on for size

Congratulations - you now know your official condom size. But don’t just settle for the first one you try. Ribbed, flavored, different lubricants, glow-in-the-dark - there are many condom options out there so don’t be shy in testing them all, to see which ones offer the best pleasure during sex.

It takes two, baby

Getting the right condom size is not just for your satisfaction - it also ensures a better sexperience for your partner(s). So when you’re trying out different condoms, ask your partner for their feedback. Regardless of their gender, what works for you may not necessarily work for them, so keep this in mind.

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