First of all, don’t cringe at the words ‘small condoms’. They’re not there to provoke face-heating embarrassment, they’re used as terminology for the measurement of a condom’s size. That’s all.
There are lots of men who are self-conscious about their penis size and certainly don’t want to be fitted into the ‘small’ category. But as any woman will tell you – it’s not the size that matters, it’s what you do with it. So, when it comes down to wearing a condom, the fit of it is only important so that it works properly, it’s not about how many inches – or otherwise – that it can accommodate. Also – small condoms are actually not that much smaller than the average ones; lots of them are at least 7in.
If you’re one of those men who are smaller than average in the penis department, then be aware that your pleasure, and your partner’s pleasure, can be dampened down by using condoms that simply do not fit. A few decades ago, the size of condoms wasn’t something that people really thought about, it was a one-size-fits-all approach. Which isn’t exactly reasonable, so now consumers have been listened to and many condom companies are now manufacturing condoms which are aimed in size at the small than average penis.
How do we define small?
You’d be forgiven for thinking that small equates, well, small! But that’s not the case, there are three different definitions of ‘small’:
- The man who is average, or above average in girth or width, but shorter in length.
- The man who is average in length, but his girth is smaller than average.
- The man who is both shorter in length and narrower in girth.
It might surprise you to know that it’s actually girth that matters more than length. It’s the bad fit around the girth that can cause problems which makes the condom ineffective for contraception and as protection against STIs. Both slipping and breaking are hazards of condom use, so finding the right fit really matters in terms of your health.
If you’re measuring yourself to determine what category your penis size indicates that you might be in to find the perfect size for you, you start with the girth. Then from there you can narrow your selection down.
Remember that not all manufacturers stick to the same sizing so it’s important to check out their specific proportions on their website before purchasing. Most of them will have a section on how to measure your penis size. Having the proper fit means that you will have the security to enjoy a more pleasurable experience. After all, your technique is going to take a bashing if you are more concerned about the performance of your condom during sex, rather than yours.
Small condoms are the best fit for penises up to two inches in width and seven inches in length. Their actual stated size is usually having a width of under 1.75 inches
It’s time to talk about how to choose the right size condom. And while it may feel a bit odd, taking a measurement of the penis is the best and most accurate way to determine what size condoms you should be using. Remember, measurements should be taken when the penis is erect, and:
- Length should be measured from the tip to where it meets the pubic bone.
- Girth (or width) is measured around the thickest part of the erection, which can vary for each person.
If you use a condom that’s too big then it could slip, bunch up or come off.
Where can I find my best condom?
Most men start their condom search in a supermarket or chemist. After all, that’s the natural place to head for condoms, especially if you need them in a hurry. The difficulty with having a specific idea of the size and type you want means that you may not find what you want in these places. Plus, there’s always the fear of having a sympathetic smile aimed at you in you’re buying small condoms in person. Luckily, there are condom-specific websites that sell both small and trim condoms. When you’ve made your selection, it might be a plan to check out their shopping information to make sure that it comes in plain packaging for total privacy if you want.
What can smaller condoms give you?
First of all, smaller condoms are not inferior in any way, they’re just a different size for the individual. It’s no different to being a dress size 8 or 16.
In the small condom market, if you don’t have your specific measurements you’ll have to go with the average:
- The length is generally 170 mm
- The girth is about on par with most others at 49 mm.
- The regular thickness stands at .07 mm, but different makers will have manufactured their own fit and feel.
- You can also get slimmer than standard condoms at 34 mm.
Don’t feel like you’re missing out on extra features either, lots of them come with the ribbing or dotting or extra lubrication that the standard condoms can have. Some of them even have a wrinkling-system to make sure that they can fit any penis comfortably and securely.
Men who need small condoms (or snug or trim condoms as they are also known) do not have to feel inferior. There are dozens of choices and all you have to do is find the right fit so you can experience as much pleasure as the next person. Just to recap: if you buy a condom that doesn’t fit you then it’s not going to do its job properly, you’re putting your partner at risk (if female, obviously) and yourself at to exposure to STIs and STDs. And having that running through your head as your mid-coitus is definitely enough to kill the mood.
Trust in the condom companies to know their stuff and follow the manufacturers advice. Besides, once you’ve found the perfect small condom fit then you’ll know what to order next time! Or you can bulk buy to save money in the name of protecting your sexual health.