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Condoms: Does Size Matter?

Updated on October 11, 2009

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What Condom Size Are You?

Does condom size matter? The straight up answer is, “yes.” The reason condoms break while doing the horizontal mambo is because they do not fit a particular member of the Johnson family. Just as any piece of apparel, consideration about proper fit must be given to 'that' part of a man's body.

Men are not created equal, as many a 'Cinderella' can attest to. Male bodies are different in height, weight, and shape. So, it should be no surprise that penises, also, come (no pun intended) in a variety of lengths, circumferences, and shapes. While it may not be the color of a rose that makes it smell better, when you refer to a condom, size really does matter.

Recently, a condom manufacturing company conducted a survey and had more than 3,000 responding participants. Results from the survey indicated the length of a penis can be anywhere from four to nine inches, and one inch to more than two inches in width. More than 50 percent of the participants felt condoms do not fit correctly. The report went on to say that 25 percent said condoms are too tight, 10 percent said condoms are much too tight, and 15 percent said condoms are too loose. Of these results, 42 percent said condom shapes need improvement, and 44 percent of the participants experience slippage or breakage.

It's no secret that many men prefer to have intercourse without wearing a condom. Some say condoms interrupt their feelings, and interfere with intimacy. Others have problems getting the little raincoat situated, and are preoccupied with the thought that the condom will come off in the heat of passion.

Men can lose their erection, if they have difficulty getting the condom on their penis. Without an erection, a condom cannot be put on a penis, and the moment is lost.

Condoms can slip off because they are too tight or too long. The ring of the condom should not enter the female, but if it does, there is a greater risk that it will slip off the penis. Increased risks of sexually transmitted diseases are also concerns if the condoms are too short. On the other hand, if a condom is too tight, it can tear or slip off.

There is one company (that I know of) that manufacturers condoms in different sizes. There appears to be increased awareness among manufacturers that the condom design needs to be revisited. However, for now, the majority of condoms are considered as “one size fits all.”

So, how can a man know what size he should buy? Rumor has it, an empty toilet paper roll might have the answer to this question. If the roll fits over your erection with a bit of wiggle room, a regular sized condom should fit you just fine. But, if you can't insert your penis without the roll fitting tightly or painless, then you will want to opt for “big boy” condoms, or extra large sized condoms.


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      Barbara Eisenberg 8 years ago from Titusville

      Thank you, Creativeone, I appreciate your kind words!

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      benny Faye Douglass 8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Wow, what a hub on condoms, thanks for the info. thanks for sharing. creativeone59