Worldwide each day roughly 100 million people have sex. About 25 to 33 percent of those couples use a condom to prevent pregnancy and disease. Roughly 2 to 12 percent of these condoms will break. That means anywhere from 500 thousand to 3,960,000 condoms break each day! These numbers warrant the writing of the first series I’ve done in a while, “Why Condoms Break: Breaking It Down”. Article three in this new condom break prevention series will be finding the proper condom size.
Why does condom size matter?
A recent study found that not only does an improperly fitting condom double the risk that the condom will break, slip off or become less than effective it also affects the sexual experience. 44.7% of condom users in the 436 man study had experienced issues from condoms that didn’t fit including loss of erection, lack of orgasm in one or both partners and penile irritation. This means using a condom that doesn’t fit will both decrease its effectiveness and your pleasure.
How do I choose the right size condom?
There are two ways to find the correct condom size
The first would be to use trial and error. Simple sample various sizes and brands until you find a lucky fit. Keep in mind is not recommended to actually use each condom but to try each one on. You may be able to find condom sample packs just for this purpose online.
If guess and check is not your style you can also measure your penis and find the corresponding size and then try different brands within that size range to find one that fits your personal needs. Condom width is more important than condom length, so start by measuring the girth of your penis with a cloth tape measure. Condom widths are listed in diameter, not circumference. This means if for example you get a measurement of 6 inches girth, you would divide this in half and find condoms that had a 3 width.
Average condom widths by size are as follows:
Snug- 1.75 inches and under
Medium/Average/Standard- 1.75 to 2 inches
Large and above- 2 inches plus
Next you’ll want measure the length of your penis. Keep in mind that most manufactures actually use a fairly standard length notice that most sizes overlap in length.
Average condom lengths by size are as follows:
Snug: 7-7.8 inches
Medium/Average/Standard: 7.25-7.8 inches
Large and above: 7.25-8.1 inches
Hopefully both your girth and length will fall into the same category or trial and error may be your only choice. This condom wizard may also help:
How will I know if the condom I choose is the wrong size?
If the condom you have chosen is too small it may be difficult to put on or cause pain when on. A condom should only fit snuggly and extend to the base of the penis. If the condom doesn’t fit snuggly and feels loose you may have gone with a size too large. If you experience any slipping or breaking during intercourse you may want to review your condom size, check the expiration date or be sure you are using your condoms properly.
For more information on preventing condom breaks see:
Condom Expiration Dates: The Why Condoms Break Series Article One
Improper Condom Use: The Why Condoms Break Series Article Two
How many people have sex each day?
Condom use percentages
Percentage of broken or slipped condoms
Broken condoms each day math used 100,000,000 X .25 (25%) X .2 (2% the low end percentages sourced above.) 100,000,000 X.33 X.12 (high end percentages)
Study: Condom size matters
Condom size chart: Width
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