“Standard condoms fit a lot of people. But are there people who don’t fit because their erection is too small or too large? Yes, that’s definitely a reality,” says Logan Levkoff, Ph.D., a s*x and relationships expert in New York.
Having an imperfect fit can result in slippage or breaks that can jeopardize the whole point of using protection. Here’s how to tell if your are wearing the wrong size condom and how to find your perfect fit.
“If a condom is too loose, then you risk it sliding down or off during any kind of penetration, which defeats the purpose of keeping your fluids from getting into your partner’s urethra,” says Levkoff. Yikes. Plus, getting down with a baggy condom isn’t exactly the stuff great orgasms are made of.
You might be able to spot this issue just by looking. When you or your partner puts the condom on, it should roll down the shaft securely, lying flush with his flesh. If the condom starts slipping around during the action, or even comes off completely, that’s a sign you might need to switch sizes.
“If a condom is too tight or snug, it’s going to be uncomfortable,” says Levkoff. “That’s going to make it less likely for your to sustain an erection and reach orga*m.”
As a general rule, the clue a condom is too tight will mostly be based on feel, a.k.a. it might be hard for you as the partner to tell if your package is overly constrained. However, there are some clues you can pick up on. “If you’re the one rolling down a condom on your penis, you might notice if it’s incredibly snug,” You may even see a line kind of like. That’s a definite sign you needs to size up.
If it looks uncomfortable, there will be feeling of unpleasant squeeze.
A Goldilocks-approved condom should be snug, no slipping around, without being uncomfortable for you
Ideally, you’d pick the perfect size up at the drugstore. But what happens if you realize that you didn’t just as things are getting hot and heavy? Unfortunately, there’s no fix outside of getting a new pack of condoms.
“There’s no DIY option,” says Levkoff. “As fun as condoms can be, they are medical devices regulated by the FDA. That means in order to maintain the integrity of the condom, it has to be used as designed.”
Instead of feeling frustrated in the moment, make putting on condoms a fun part of foreplay – don’t be ashamed to try different kinds until you find the right size, then you know where and what to buy the next time .