What size condom is right for me?

Will the condom fit?


If you’re about to get lucky then one of the most important things you should be thinking of is staying safe.


Using a condom is one of the most reliable ways to protect yourself from unwanted pregnancies or STIs, so it’s no surprise that many sexually active people like to keep a stash of our little rubber friends in their bedroom (or wherever else you and your partner like to end up).


Everyone who’s ever had to sit through that Sex Ed class with the bananas in high school knows how to use a condom, but finding the right one for you might be trickier than you’d think.




Many men struggle to find a condom that’s the right size for their penis and wind up wearing condoms that are either too large or too small.


This can lead to problems during sex, such as the condom slipping or falling off or the condom being painfully tight around the penis, meaning that you won’t be able to feel much at all.


If you want to have the best possible time when you get down and make love, you’ll need a condom that fits you properly.


If you’ve ever struggled to find the right sized condom for you, then you’re in luck!


Today we’re going to take a look at condom sizes and which one is the best fit for you.


Get your rulers ready, because we’re going to start by measuring your penis.



How to measure your penis


Before we can talk about which size of condoms you should be using, we’re going to have to see how you measure up.


So, grab a tape measure, ruler, meter stick or whatever else you need to measure your penis and let’s get started.


When you’re measuring your penis to work out your condom size, you’re going to want your penis to be erect.


You’re going to be using your condom when your penis is hard, so it just makes sense to take your measurements when you’re erect.


You’re going to want to take two measurements, your length and your girth. To measure the length, measure from the base of the penis (where the condom would stop rolling) to the tip of the penis.


To measure girth, measure around the mid-point of your shaft and note the size in millimetres. You can do this with a tape measure or use a piece of string and then measure the string with a ruler.


Now you’ve got your measurements, it’s time to find out what condoms are right for you.



What size condom should I use?


Now you’ve got your two measurements, length and girth, and both of these are important when it comes to finding the right condom for you.


However, when it comes to condom your girth measurement is usually more important than your length.


Most condoms are around 7 inches long and as the average penis size is between 5 – 7 inches when erect most men find that this fits them quite well.


There are longer and shorter condoms available, but what what most men need to know more about is their girth.


Have you ever noticed the measurement on your condom packet called ‘nominal width’? No? Don’t worry, lots of people overlook this number but it’s what they should be paying the most attention to. 


The nominal width of a condom is how wide a condom is when it’s laid flat. So, if you take this nominal width measurement in millimetres and double it you can work out whether your condom will fit you.


Let’s take a look at the average condom sizes and what they mean for your girth.



Small condoms


Just the words ‘small condoms’ can be enough to make some men feel a little defensive, but many men could benefit from using a smaller condom.


All this means is that you need a condom with a smaller nominal width, which some condom manufacturers call a ‘snugger fit’.


These condoms typically range between a nominal width of 45 – 50mm, meaning they’ll fit those with a girth of around 100 – 112mm.


Regular condoms


Most condoms you find will fit under this heading, which means that if this size of condom is right for you you’ll have plenty of options to choose from.


Regular sized condoms usually range from around 52 – 54mm, meaning they’ll fit those with a girth of around 117 – 121mm.


Large condoms


Finally, we have our large condoms, which are designed for those with bigger girth. These condoms usually range between 54 – 60mm but some can range up to 69mm.


This means the average large condom will fit girths of 121 – 135mm with some of the largest condoms on the market fitting a girth of 155.25mm.


Where to buy condoms


Now we know how what size of condom is right for you and which measurement to look for when you’re buying condoms, the next step is buying the condoms themselves.


Some people may find it a little embarrassing to buy condoms in their local shop or supermarket (although they have nothing to be embarrassed about!), so many people are turning to online stores to fulfil their condom needs.


Here at Chemist 4 U we not only have a wide range of condoms available, but we also offer discreet packaging which means that nobody will know what you’ve ordered or where you’ve ordered from.


If you’re concerned about your neighbours knowing that you’ve just bought a multipack of your favourite condoms, don’t worry! We’ll keep all of your purchases just between us.


What if I’m allergic to condoms?


Some people are allergic to condoms, and that’s another thing they’ll need to consider when choosing their contraception.


People who are allergic to condoms are typically allergic to the latex that condoms are usually made from, but that doesn’t mean they can’t use condoms!


There are lots of latex-free condoms available, so you’ll never be caught unprotected even if you do have a latex allergy.



Now we know what size of condom you should be using there’s only one thing left to do – get out there and use them!


The right sized condom can make a huge difference to how much you enjoy sex so go and pick up a box of your favourite condoms and have fun!


You and your partner will be on cloud nine in no time!

Laura Henderson - Medical Content Writer
James O'Loan - CEO & Superintendent Pharmacist
James O'Loan , CEO & Superintendent Pharmacist on 07 February 2024
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