Condoms: Do you need small, standard or large condoms?


Your first experience of condoms may have stretched one over a banana in the ninth grade. Perhaps you remember to fumble with one before your first time in the back seat of a car. You could have received your first condoms for free in the class of care, or you might not get any sexual education at all. Along the way, most of us learned that condoms could be used for safer sex and to prevent unwanted pregnancies, but when was the last time you stopped wondering if you use right size condom?

Personally, I have never thought of condoms – mainly because I'm a big lesbian – but also because sex education in the United States is lacking. It turns out I can not be alone. In fact, according to a report from the Guttmacher Institute of 2016, which analyzed data such as Centers for Disease Control, collected between 2011 and 2013, 43 percent of teenage girls and 57 percent teenage boys learn about preventive actions before their first six-year experiences.

No matter where you fall on gender and sexuality spectrum, we can all benefit from having some basic knowledge about condoms. In front, several things you should know about condoms and their sizes.

Condom gluing: the basics

Size means – when it comes to condoms, at least. Before we come to nitty-gritty about why finding the right fit really matters to your health, let's start with the basics. There are three standard condoms sizes that should be easy to find at your local drug store, sex store or online. Here are some more about these options:

Small (or handsome) condoms:

Small condoms are the best fit for penis (and sex toys) up to two inches in width and seven inches in length.

Standard condoms:

People with penis that are two to two and a half inches wide and up to seven and a half inches in length will find that standard condoms are the best size.

Large condoms:

For those with penis that are just over two and a half inches wide and go up to about nine inches long, big condoms are the best option.

Most people with penis can use condoms in standard format, and when a wearer complains that a condom is too small or too tight, it usually has less to do with the condom length but the niceness of the tip. Condom tips are not elastic and can therefore feel limiting to some people. In this case, condoms with an enlarged reservoir tip can feel more comfortable.

Certified sex teacher Corinne Kai explains that most nerve endings in the penis lie in the head, making it very sensitive. Kai also says that there are condoms marketed as "ultrasensitive"or"feathery, "which means that the latex barrier is thinner and may be more comfortable for people who find the reservoir tip on traditional condoms painful.

When someone's penis is really too big for the condoms they use, comfort and safety at all parties can be affected. If so, use one big to not compromise any of you. But what happens if the wearer is less than the average? "You definitely do not want to use a condom that is too big if someone is in a smaller size, because the semen can leak out the condoms, or the condom can slide off too early," explains Kai.

Just think of that is any difference between brands on what makes nice, regular and large or extra large condoms, so make sure you check the measurements on the packaging or online description.