Condoms come in different sizes, shapes, materials and textures. Depending on your preference, you can choose the one you feel will work best for you which would not only protect you from STDS and HIV, and prevent unwanted pregnancy but also ensure you experience maximum pleasure. You should note however, that your choice of condom would affect your sexual experience. You should also note that not putting on your perfect condom size would lead to either it breaking from being too tight, or slipping off from it being too loose. The best way you can choose your perfect condom size is to measure your penis. A simple guide to choosing the perfect size is to follow these two steps:
Step 1 – measure the circumference of your penis. This is done by putting a measuring tape round the thickest part of your penis when erect. Mark the area where the tape connects. The number is your penis circumference.
Step 2 – pick the condom size that best matches the number.
Here is a chart to help you with the perfect condom size selection:
|penis Circumference (inches)|| |
|Suggested Condom Width (in)|| |
|Penis Circumference (mm)|| |
|Suggested Condom Width (mm)|
|5.8″ – 6.1″||2.37″ – 2.53″||147 – 155mm||60 – 64mm|
|5.5″ – 5.8″||2.28″ – 2.37″||140 – 147mm||58 – 60mm|
|5.1″ – 5.5″||2.15″ – 2.28″||130 – 140mm||55 – 58mm|
|4.9″ – 5.1″||2.09″ – 2.13″||125 – 130mm||53 – 54mm|
|4.7″ – 4.9″||2.05″ – 2.09″||119 – 124mm||52 – 53mm|
|4.5″ – 4.7″||1.96″ – 2.05″||114 – 119mm||50 – 51mm|
|4.1″ – 4.5″||1.85″ – 1.93″||104 -114mm||47 – 49mm|
|<4″||1.77″ – 1.85″||<102mm||45 – 47mm|
|>6.1″||2.53″ – 2.72″|
There are mainly four different types of condoms available today:
Latex condoms: they are the most popular and the cheapest. They are made from latex, a substance derived from trees. Latex condoms can create allergies in certain persons. They should not be used with oil based lubricants like Vaseline or baby oil because they can be damaged.
Non-latex condoms: these are made from materials like lambskin, polyisoprene, nitrile and polyurethane. They are better alternatives to latex condoms for people with latex allergies. These condoms can be expensive and have certain advantages and disadvantages depending on the material used. Non-latex condoms made from lambskin, for example, have a natural feel making it almost unnoticeable when having sex. It however does not protect against STDS and HIV. It is best used to prevent pregnancy.
Female condoms: they are made from nitrile and therefore non-latex. They can be worn on the vagina or anus. Female condoms can be used effectively to prevent pregnancy and the transmission of STDS including HIV.
Specialty condoms: these come in different texture, flavor and shapes. They are usually colorful. Some of them do not protect against STDS against HIV.
Depending on your need, you could make your choice from these four different types of condoms available. Condoms are readily available near you; they are safe and do not carry health risks when the right ones are used. Ensure you practice safe sex.