Condom Size Chart: How Length, Width, and Girth Measure Up Across Brands
How To Measure Condom Size?
The first thing to do is to take your partner’s height and weight. Then you need to add them together. For example if your partner weighs 150 pounds then you would multiply 150 x .75 = 2.25 inches (6 cm) or 6.35 centimeters which equals 5/8 inch (1 mm). If your partner is shorter than you, then you have to divide their height by two. For example if they are 5 feet 7 inches tall and weigh 120 pounds then you would multiply 120 x .75 = 1.875 inches (4.5 cm) or 4.88 centimeters which equals 3/16 inch (0.9 mm).
If your partner is taller than you, then you have to divide their height by three. For example if they are 5 feet 9 inches tall and weigh 140 pounds then you would multiply 140 x .75 = 1.375 inches (3.125 cm) or 3.625 centimeters which equals 2/8 inch (7 mm).
In general, the smaller the number, the larger the circumference of the condoms. The bigger they are, the thinner they will feel during use.
Why Is Girth And Length Important?
The width of the male anatomy can be a lot to handle and cause pain or discomfort during intimacy. If a man’s size is at the high end of the average spectrum, then he may want to shop around for larger condoms that will accommodate his girth (or length) without sacrificing on feeling and sensation.
Condom size is an important factor that needs to be considered when choosing a brand. Different companies make their sizes a little bit different and that can make a big difference.
Some of the major brands offer larger or smaller options, but some do not. Some men may not like certain brands for a variety of reasons and those are out of the question. Others may find that they are simply outside of the size range of their favorite brand.
Whatever the reason, people have different size requirements and preferences.
Some men will experience pain or discomfort due to a tight fit or large girth while others may not feel as much because of a baggy or loose fit. For those that want a more pleasurable experience, choosing the proper size is just as important as using it properly.
So, how do you measure?
What Is The Average Size?
Many people, including some doctors, believe that the average erect length for an adult male is 5.5 to 6 inches and around 4.7 to 5 inches in girth. This is only an average, though, and there is a lot of variation from man to man. Some are smaller and some are larger than this average.
The average includes infants, children, teens, and older men who often experience erectile dysfunctions and other problems related to aging. The size also varies depending on how large the man’s feet are. Some tall and large-footed men will have a smaller erected size than some short men with small feet.
This is just for average reference and many men will fall outside of this range. There is nothing wrong with that and everyone is different. Some men will want to find a size outside of this range for their own comfort.
How To Measure Your Penis
The first thing that you need to do is to find your flaccid (non-erect) size. This is the size you will need for sizing condoms. Here is how you do it.
Make sure your stomach is empty and don’t drink anything 12 hours before doing this. Get a hard cylinder such as a 2-liter soda bottle. Fill it up with water and then dump the water into a measuring cup to get your erect length measurement.
Before you do this, apply a generous amount of lube to your flaccid member. This will allow the cylinder to slide down easily and give you a good reading.
Wrap your fingers around the base of your kock and pull the skin back as far as you can. Slide the hard cylinder down the skin towards the tip of your unit. It should slide down easily due to the lube and skin pulled back.
Mark the top of the cylinder at the tip of your penile when the base of your glans is touching it. Hold it in place so it doesn’t slide back up. Keep your fingers at the base and push the cylinder away from you skin to get your length reading.
Measure from the skin at the base to the mark on top of the cylinder. This is your flaccid size.
Most condoms are sized according to this measurement. Manufacturers will often use an “average” erect length as a basic guideline and then add a little more length and girth for safety. These are called “roomy” condoms and they are a little bit bigger than average.
Other Condom Sizes
Most of the time you do not need anything larger or smaller unless you have an unusual size. In this case you may need a custom fit or a “tribade” fitting. You can get these at some specialty shops and adult stores who cater to BDSM clients and have a medical supplier in the back to get things like orthopedic shoe inserts.
A regular latex or non-latex “roomy” size is usually sufficient for most men. Unless you are very well endowed a regular size should fit you just fine. In fact, a “large” size may be too big for some men and cause it to slip off or bunch up.
This leads me to the next problem with using condoms. They don’t always fit everyone the same way.
Sources & references used in this article:
Condom Size Matters: The Importance of Condom Fit in Safe and Pleasurable Penetrative Sex by E Chadbourne – 2020 – academiccommons.columbia.edu
Are condoms the right size (s)? A method for self-measurement of the erect penis by J Richters, J Gerofi, B Donovan – Venereology, 1995 – researchgate.net
System to select condom using hand held electronic measuring device by SJ Nelson, JR Nelson – US Patent App. 13/374,826, 2012 – Google Patents
Exploring custom-fitted male condoms as a sexual health intervention in Cape Town, South Africa by H Baker, J Guillen, D Miranda, C Sigel, A Cloete – 2014 – repository.hsrc.ac.za