Condoms come in a variety of sizes and fits. Depending on the packaging, they might be labeled slim, tight, snug, or regular.
Most men will fit a standard-sized condom. But if your manhood is thicker than average, you might need to size up. Here are some clues it’s too big: If it’s a struggle to roll down, or it feels baggy on your dick.
When you buy a condom, it’s important to get the right size. If it’s too tight, it could break or leak. And if it’s too loose, it might slip off during sex, leaving you exposed to pregnancy and other STDs. To help you avoid a condom mishap, here are some telltale signs that it might be too big.
First, you’ll want to measure your girth (the circumference of your penis). You can do this with a tape measure or even a strip of paper. Make sure your penis is as erect as possible and wrap the measuring device around the thickest part of the shaft. Mark where the end of the measuring device overlaps, which is your girth measurement.
Once you have your girth measurement, you’ll need to figure out what size condom is right for you. You can use a condom size chart or calculator to find out what size fits your girth, but it’s also helpful to try different sizes to see which ones feel best and are comfortable during intercourse. Remember, condoms stretch a little, so your girth size may be a bit different at different times of the day or after a certain meal. It’s important to always double check the length of a condom when buying it because that can vary as well.
When you think about it, condoms are like shoes: they’re designed to fit just about everyone. However, there’s a big difference between fitting well and feeling comfortable. If a condom is too large, it might not roll on with ease and could fall off during penetration. It may also cut off circulation or reduce sensation. If this happens, you’re better off trying a different size.
Many men are surprised to find out that a standard condom might not fit. After all, they remember stretching a condom over a banana in health class, or fumbling with one before sex in the back seat of a car. But most men should be able to use a standard condom with ease.
You can easily determine your own size by measuring the girth of your penis with a flexible tape measure. To do this, get as erect as possible and wrap the measurement around your penis shaft. Then, note where it overlaps—that’s your girth.
The sex expert who helped us write this article notes that you might have to try a few sizes before you find the right fit. Don’t give up if you can’t find the perfect condom right away; keep trying and try to buy a few extras so that you always have a backup. This way, you’ll have protection against pregnancy and STIs for when the time comes.
If you’re wearing a condom that feels like it’s a tight squeeze, it’s likely too big. That’s because a Goldilocks-approved condom should be snug enough to prevent pregnancy, but not so tight that it hurts or makes sex awkward for your partner.
A condom that’s too big might also slip off during sex, potentially exposing you to the virus (if it doesn’t break first). And a tight fit may decrease sensation for both partners, Levkoff says.
To figure out what size of condom is right for you, first measure the girth of your penis using a piece of string or a soft tape. Wrap the string around the thickest part of your erect penis, at either the base or the middle, and mark the measurement. Then, divide your girth by 3.14 to get the width (Veale, 2014). The nominal width of a condom is listed on its packaging and label.
Now that you know your penis’s girth, find a condom in that range to test for size. You can try a few different sizes to see what feels best, and it might be helpful to keep a few spares on hand in case you end up with a bad fit or lose a condom during sex. But broaching the question with your partner about trying on a different condom size can be awkward, especially when you’re in the mood for sex, so try to think of it more as an opportunity for foreplay.
A condom that is too big won’t fit like a second skin and can cause it to slip off during sexual activity. When this occurs, the condom could break, releasing semen and possibly leading to pregnancy or an STI. Choosing the right size can help prevent this, but it’s important to keep in mind that not all condom sizes are created equal. Some brands offer enlarged reservoir tips, which may be helpful in making it easier to get the condom on and stay on, but ultimately it’s up to the individual to find a condom that fits well enough to protect against pregnancy and STIs.
It’s important to use a condom that is sized for the girth, not the length of your penis, according to the CEO of online condom company Lucky Bloke. If you buy one that is based on your length, it will be too large and might slip off during sex or tear during penetration. It’s also likely to reduce sensation, which can make sex less enjoyable.
To find the right size, take a piece of string or yarn and wrap it around the thickest part of your erect penis. When you remove the string, the number that represents your girth is the size you need to purchase. To determine the width of your dick, divide your girth measurement by 3.14 to get the diameter you need to match up with a condom’s nominal width, which can be found on most product pages or on the condom’s packaging.