What Condom Size Do I Need?

Condom Sizing

What Condom Size Do I Need?
Finding the Right Condom Size. Patrick Foto/Getty Images

How Do I Find Out My Condom Size?

Knowing your condom size can make a huge difference when using condoms. Condoms that are too big can slip off and ones that are too tight can break -- and you don't want to find yourself in either of these situations. If you are complaining about condoms, chances are, you are not using the correct condom size. When it comes to condoms, one size definitely does not fit all.

So, let's figure out your condom size.

Determining Your Condom Size:

There are just a few easy steps you need to take, and then you will know what condom size you need.

  1. Because condom sizes are listed by width and length, you will need to figure out your penis size.
  2. Your condom size must be based on the size of your erect penis.
  3. Once you know your penis size, you can use a condom chart that lists the various condom sizes of the different brands of condoms. 
  4. Choose the condoms that have sizes that most closely match your penis size.

Understanding Condom Sizes:

Before you can choose the right condom size, here are some things about condom sizing to keep in mind:

  • It may be best to use condom width when comparing condom sizes. As a general guide, condoms with a width of 1.75 to 2 inches (44.45 to 50.8 mm) are typically considered standard, while those under 1.75 inches are categorized as snug, and condoms over 2 inches are considered large.

  • Using penis length may be confusing because different condom manufacturers use slightly different measurements. This means that what one manufacturer may describe as a large condom may actually be a standard size condom for another. You can use the following as a general guide: standard condoms usually have a length between 7.25 to 7.8 inches (184.15 to 198.12 mm); snug condoms may have a length of 7 to 7.8 (177.8 to 198.12 mm); and large condoms length ranges from 7.25 to 8.1 inches (184.15 to 205.74 mm).

  • Keep in mind that your penis girth/thickness will affect how a condom fits. If your girth is above average, a standard sized condom might feel too tight. If your penis girth is less than average, standard size condoms may slip off during sex.

  • Don't buy condoms based on the size of your non-erect penis. Many factors can cause your penis to temporary shrink two or more inches (like cold weather or going swimming). 

Choosing the Correct Condom Size:

Once you figure out the condom brands that come come in your condom size, you may need to do some experimenting to see which ones give you the best mix of fit, comfort and sensitivity.  Keep in mind that a condom should completely cover your penis and have some space at the tip to catch the ejaculate. Part of this experimenting may be trying condoms that are made from different materials - such as latex condoms, polyurethane condoms, polyisoprene condoms, and lambskin condoms

Certain condom brands (like Trojan Double Ecstasy Condoms and LifeStyles Turbo Condoms, for example) use special lubricants to heighten sensitivity and pleasure. If these brands match your condom size, it may be helpful to give them a try. There are also condoms that have different textures and shapes.

With the variety of condom sizes available, don't limit yourself.

Finally, never underestimate the power of a good lubricant! Lubricants like Astroglide, Wet Gellee, and Wet Naturals Beautifully Bare can add a silky touch to your condom and make it feel more comfortable. Silicone-based lubricants usually stay slippery longer. Adding some lubrication to your correctly sized condom may offer that special sensation to make for an extra enjoyable condom experience.