Most people are accustomed to casually ordering condoms online without knowing that they come in different sizes for a reason. You might have gotten the texture and flavor right, but with the wrong size, you might either blame your partner for a terrible sex experience or welcome a mini-you in nine months’ time. This article will help you understand how to use the condom calculator, and also give you an idea of which brands to order after that.
The Rule of Thumb
If a condom is too short, it becomes tight after a full erection, which can be very uncomfortable. With a little friction, such condom might rupture or tear and consequently leak without your knowledge.
An excessively large condom, on the other hand, may slip off during intercourse. And if you’re not too quick to notice, you might live to tell a nasty story someday.
How Do You Know the Right Condom Size for Your Penis?
Each shaft is different, and condom manufacturers understand that. Before you become the next victim of ignorance, let me help you chose the perfect size for you.
Start by measuring your penis. Note the girth (how wide it gets) when erect. This circumference determines how tight or lose the condom will fit.
A quick way to measure the circumference is by using a string. Wrap it around the thickest part of your penis once you attain full erection, and transfer the string onto a ruler to see the readings in inches.
For cross-referencing, measure the length; although the length is not really necessary in sizing.
Popular Condom Brands vs. Your Measurement
Just like we have cars designed with a ramp for physically challenged passengers, different condom brands target different users.
If your penis is less than 4.6 inches wide, Lifestyles Snugger Fit, Iron Grip, and Glyde Slim Fit condoms will be your best fit.
For penis width of 4.6-5.1 inches, Trojan Ultra Thin, Crown Skinless Skin, or Durex Extra Sensitive fits perfectly.
Finally, if your penis is 5.1 inches or more, you need the Lifestyles KYNG, TheyFit Custom Fit, and Trojan Magnum XL condoms.
The Condom Calculator
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Alternatively, you can use a condom calculator to guide you on the condom size to buy. With the condom calculator, you also get input on the best condom material for your size.
How does it work?
After measuring your penis width and the length, you compare these measurements in a condom-sizing chart and note the nearest average figures. For instance, if your penis circumference is 4.6 inches, the chart should point you to condoms that are 4.5 to 5 inches.
Some brands also manufacture custom fit condoms (the one size fits all type). I’m not against this approach but only consider this as the last option.
Other Condom Features to Consider
Other than size, the following play an important role in your sex experience:
The Condom Material
Popular condom materials include latex, lambskin, polyurethane, and polyisoprene. Some materials heighten pleasure and sensitivity more than others do. Similarly, some like Latex can cause an allergic reaction to some users.
Some condoms provide extra pleasure because of their design. A studded condom like Rough Rider, for example, cannot compare to a smooth type. They also have different shapes. Some hug the entire penis while others focus only on the tip. The former is more enjoyable.
Extra Lube Please
Modern condoms are manufactured with built-in lubrication. However, if the type you buy doesn’t, please include a good quality lubricant such as K-Y Jelly and Astroglide. Any woman is prone to become dry and irritable after a few minutes of dry latex encounter.
When you are selecting lubricants to use with a condom, buy the silicone or water-based products. Silicon stays wet and slippery for longer. However, don’t use too much. It can cause your condom to slip off. Avoid using oil-based lubricants because these degrade the latex.
The process of choosing the right condom is not something you want to do in the heat of a sexual arousal. Take your time in the absence of your partner, or better still involve them in that process. It makes the experience easier, and you achieve accurate results.