How to Pick the Right Condom Size

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How to Pick the Right Condom Size
Condoms come in an array of colours and sizes. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Choosing the right-size condom is important to protecting you and your partner from sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancy. If a condom is too big for you, it could slip off during sexual activity; if it's too small, it could become painful to wear, or even tear or break. Choosing the right size is just a matter of trial and error, so you may have to try several sizes and brands before you find your perfect fit.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Condoms (variety of sizes)

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Decide which size would be the best fit for you. This may involve a bit of guesswork, or you could measure your erect penis before buying any condoms.

  2. 2

    Read the backs of several condom packages. Look for any descriptions on the packages pertaining to the products' size (length and width). A condom should fit snugly to ensure that it stays on securely during sexual activity.

  3. 3

    Buy several difference sizes. Having a variety means you have a much better chance of finding one that fits you well.

  4. 4

    Try on the condoms. Practice self-control as you try them on and refrain from "trying them out" before you have found one that fits correctly.

  5. 5

    Check for correct length. When a condom fits properly, it unrolls down the entire shaft of your penis, to just above the base of your penis. If it's longer or shorter than that, it' not the right length for you. Move up or down a size, as needed.

  6. 6

    Determine whether the condom is too tight. If it makes a noticeable ridge or indentation in your skin or causes you discomfort, in the form of pinching or a tight sensation, then it's too small for you. Conversely, if the condom is baggy and does not fit snugly on your penis, it's too large.

Tips and warnings

  • Condom makers in the United States follow no standardised measurements for their products so, for example, one manufacturer's "large" may not be the same size as another manufacturer's "large."

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