Everything You Need to Know About Choosing the Right Condom Size

UltraPharmRX Medical Team

UltraPharmRX Medical Team

Condoms are no different from articles of clothing––they vary in size depending on the manufacturer. One brand’s “tight fit” or “standard fit” will NOT be the same as another brand’s. Condoms no longer come in just a couple of sizes––there are more types than you can shake a stick at.

That means most condom brands offer more detailed measurement information for each product. If you know your exact measurements, condom shopping should be a breeze rather than a frustration.

 

How do you find your exact measurements?

 

The first thing you need to do to get your exact measurements is to measure the length and width of your penis with a ruler or tape measure and a piece of string. Once you get them, you can go to your pharmacy or online store and choose the condom that matches your penis size when fully erect.

It goes without saying that you should be fully erect when you measure your penis. Resist the temptation of exaggerating your figures when measuring yourself; 2019 research has shown that men tend to exaggerate the size of their erections when self-measuring.

 

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Here are more detailed instructions for your perusal.

 

1) Measure erect penis length

 

Begin your measurements when fully erect. With your ruler or measuring tape, measure your penis from the base to the tip. Do it with the measuring tape or ruler running above your penis, not on the side or below it.

You may want to gently lay the ruler or tape measure against your abdomen such that it touches your pubic bones. The latter is the bone you can feel with your fingers at the base of your penis.

 

2) Measure erect penis width

 

Now, take the piece of string and wrap it around the girthiest, thickest part of your fully erect penis along the base or the middle. Make sure you aren’t squeezing your penis too tightly, which may give you inaccurate measurements. Take note of the size, which represents the girth or circumference of your erect penis.

Now, it’s time to get the diameter or width of your penis. To do so, divide your circumference measurement by 3.14, which represents “nominal width” in most condom packages, representing the width of the condom when it is rolled.

 

How do I find the “right” condom size?

 

There isn’t one single standard size for every condom, but we get it––you may be wondering about what the average penis size is. 

Different studies come up with varying figures. A 2015 study, however, found that the average erect penis size runs along 13 cm or 5 inches long. In the same study, the average erect penis girth or circumference is at 9 cm or 4 inches. Anything less than 3 inches is considered a micropenis––but there are condoms available for those measurements.

 

Condom manufacturers like Trojan are aware of these statistics and create the most standard condoms in line with these findings. Most “standard fit” condoms will fit you well if your penis is somewhere in between 5 and 7 inches long with a circumference of 4-5 inches. However, if you’re larger than 7 inches, Trojan suggests you use their large product.

Regardless of what your condom size is, the point is that you need to find yourself properly fitting condoms, especially if you’ve had one break on you or if the one you use seems too tight for comfort. There are plenty of options nowadays, but also remember that sizes vary depending on different brands. If you want to find the perfect fit, you’ll need to take the time and effort to measure yourself and compare your sizes with the specs from the condom manufacturer. You might want to buy different condoms in different sizes to find yourself the perfect fit.

 

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What happens if I choose poorly-fitting condoms (e.g. too small or too big)?

 

Condoms are only as effective as they fit. Ideally, you want something that fits you like a glove, or like a snug, second-skin over your penis. A word of caution, though: excessively small condoms can break upon vigorous stimulation. Excessively large condoms can slip out or fall while using them. Both may increase your risk of catching a sexually-transmitted disease or infection or increase the risk of unwanted pregnancy.

 

Other research has shown that approximately 1 in 5 men have run into erection problems when trying to engage in sexual activity with a condom. Wearing excessively tight condoms can interfere with your ability to produce or keep an erection because they may prevent blood from entering the penis. Wearing excessively large ones can also mess with sensations from stimulation, making it difficult to stay erect.

 

The final word on choosing the right condom size

 

Once you’ve gotten down your length and width measurements for your penis, you’ll have everything you need to choose a condom that fits you perfectly. Condom sizes vary depending on manufacturer, so you might find yourself buying several types to compare their fit and find the perfect one that fits you snugly. And who’s to say you can’t have fun with the process? Try putting on the condoms and bring your partner into the process. Together, you will find ways you can get pleasurable sensations while wearing and putting it on. It can also help you get over the negative perceptions you might have with wearing condoms.

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