Condoms: what if they don’t quite fit?

There are, across the world, approximately 2.4 billion males in the peak of sexual activity. That’s 2.4 billion penises – each one a different size and shape. This variation means that not every condom is going to fit every penis. This isn’t a problem, it just means taking the time to find the right one for you. It’s very important to ensure that the condom is the correct fit because if it is too loose it won’t be as effective at preventing pregnancy and STD transmission, and if the condom is too tight it can split, cause loss of sensation, or even tissue damage. Here are the most common problems encountered with condom size:

The condom is too tight

Although a condom is designed to stretch, if it has to stretch too much then this force is reciprocated back into the penis. It prevents blood flow and can cause loss of feeling or even loss of erection. A condom should feel snug, but not tight.

The condom is too loose

If the condom is too wide, it can slip off during sex and cease to provide effective protection. Also, if it doesn’t fit snugly then some of the friction of sex will be lost, resulting in less feeling and less enjoyment.

The condom is too short

If the condom is too short when fully unrolled then the user could be at an increased risk of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. This is because if the end of the condom is too far up the shaft, it is could be pulled off during sex. The condom could also tear in this scenario, especially when combined with an above average girth.

The condom is too long

To allow for a range of penis lengths, most standard condoms are a couple of inches longer than the average penis size. The condom being too long is not usually a problem, as the excess should stay rolled at the base, but for people with above average penis width this can be uncomfortable, as this thicker rolled base has a higher level of tension than usual.

As there is a solution for every problem, these factors shouldn’t affect your ability to have great sex. The most important thing is to find the condom that is the right size for you. Take a look at the lengths and widths available and try a few out. It is incredibly important to remember that if the condom slips off, splits, or tears during sex, you must stop immediately and change it to a new one before carrying on to ensure that you’re both protected. (And if you have any concerns afterwards, visit a pharmacist for emergency contraception and go to the nearest clinic to get tested for sexually transmitted diseases.) Whether you’re new to the world of condoms, or consider yourself experienced, it never hurts to make sure that you’re safe, getting the most out of your condom so that you’re free to enjoy great sex.