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From Snug to Magnum: How to Choose Your Best Condom Size

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Large. Extra large. XXL. Magnum. Magnum XL. Snug fit. Comical in name, condom size descriptors have always been a bit, vague, and I began wondering if there is a size difference between these various categories. It truly hits home when you think about the saying, "it's all in a name", as there is potential for bruised egos when choosing names for an item that fits on a man's penis (imagine if these were describing women's clothing sizes!).

It is great that so many people are choosing to use condoms to protect themselves and their partners against unintentional pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections/diseases (STI, STD). The size difference for condoms is not well publicized, however most condoms are manufactured in a standard size of 52 mm (about 2.04 inches wide). However, this "standard size" varies by manufacturer. Condoms typically fit men whose erect penis is "average sized", defined by a range of four to seven inches.

Condom size is important information for women to know as well, as there does seem to be some difference in sizes, and an ill-fitting condom may run the risk of slipping off or breaking, thus creating an unpleasant "what do we do now" moment filled with pregnancy scares and more.

As many men would likely gravitate toward the "magnum, XL, king kong, gargantuan, tyrannosaurus rex" size, it is more important to use a condom with a snugger fit. However, a condom that is too uncomfortably tight is not the best option, either. A few online stores have created "sample packs" including condoms from different manufacturers and different sizes, so you are able to purchase a variety to see what feels best.

Please know: "research findings regarding condom size, penis size, and breakage and slippage rates have been mixed". Condoms can stretch to many times their normal size. Many of us know Howie Mandel currently as a popular TV host, but I remember him as a stand-up comic who wore an actual condom on stage...over his head! Think about filling a condom with water during a water balloon fight, and you will see the condoms--not breaking!--expanding as large as a watermelon!

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