The Condom Conundrum: Facts About Finding the Right Fit
With STDs on the Rise, You Play a Vital Role in Prevention
All too often, condoms don’t fit right or don’t enable a positive experience. This causes some people to skip the precaution altogether and instead, engage in unprotected sex. A condom that does not accurately match your size can produce loss of feeling which can then cause you to lose your erection. Furthermore, some condoms are not exactly the most fragrant compliment to a romantic situation. These factors cause the importance of condom use to be neglected. This means that some sexually active people, their partners and members of the dating scene at large are unnecessarily exposed to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
These infections include herpes, HIV, gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia among others and they are being spread at an all time high. Aside from abstinence, the best strategy against infection is to consistently use condoms during sex. Sticking to this rule does not mean that you are relegated to the meager selection at the corner drugstore. Condoms are available in a vast array of sizes, thicknesses, textures and fragrances — so that sex can remain delightful with the added bonus of being as safe as possible.
Too Tight Is Not Right
A condom that is too small can cut off blood flow and as you may or may not know, the top cause of erectile dysfunction is poor circulation. No wonder some men abandon condom use. If an erection goes away before you get to fully enjoy it, what’s the point, right? This is why finding the right fit is so important. Results from a series of studies published by Medical News Today demonstrate that the average erect penis is between 4.7 and 6.3 inches long (12 to 16 centimeters) while the average width is around 1.5 inches (3.81 centimeters). If you are bigger than these dimensions, it is important that you accommodate yourself with condoms that are made for larger-than-average penises. There is an excellent variety of condoms that are specifically designed for larger-sized men.
Too Loose Does Not Conduce
Conversely, a condom that is too big for your particular penis size can also have a deflating effect on a sexual experience. This can happen if you are hasty and try to put a condom on before you are fully ready and can also be the result of simply using the wrong size condoms. As a general rule, condoms should be applied and removed only when you are erect. This allows for a snug fit before sex while assuring that semen does not leak out after orgasm — so once you climax it is important to withdraw and remove the condom before your erection goes away. A condom that is too big for your penis size means that it will bunch up at the base during sex, causing a tourniquet-like effect as well as loss of feeling due to too much material between you and your partner. A tightly-fitting condom with a reduced length and width may be the answer if you are experiencing trouble such as the condom slipping off completely or a general sense of a having a loose fit.
Talk It Out
Interrupting a passionate foreplay session to put on a condom can be uncomfortable to such a degree that your erection may actually go away. It is best to incur a little bit of awkwardness ahead of time so that you don’t miss out on the big moment when the time is right. Discussing condom use as a regular part of relationship communication can make the transition from “almost ready” to “protected and good-to-go” a lot smoother. If you are like most men and your penis size is within the “average” dimensions, be sure to outfit yourself with standard-fitting condoms that are not too big and not too small.
What’s that Smell?
If you or your partner are sensitive to the smell of latex, settling for just any old condom could mean you are in for an aromatically offensive experience. It is important to choose brands that specifically state on the packaging that they are “low odor.” Ribbed condoms and gimmicky designs can be made of very thick latex. So not only can they emit an unpleasant odor, but they can greatly hinder the wearer’s sensitivity. Also, latex condoms should be used with the right type of lubricant. Water-based lubricants or latex safe silicone formulations are the best choices and will reduce friction and cut down on the agitated latex smell. Use some on the penis before putting on the condom for an even more comfortable fit. It is also important to note that oil-based lubricants break down latex and can create a condition where condoms can easily break. You can also choose condoms made of polyurethane if you need to avoid latex altogether. Lastly, condoms stored in a wallet or a glove box for extended periods as well as condoms unused after the expiration date on the packaging should not be considered reliable protection against STDs or pregnancy.
Ultimately, finding a condom that gives you a perfect fit can be fun and is easier than ever due to the wide variety of sizes and styles available today. Protecting yourself and your partner(s) from the transfer of STDs and unplanned pregnancy is both partner’s responsibility. Taking the necessary precautions can mean peace of mind, saving a lot of money on STD treatments and even the life of someone you care about. So glove up and lube up!
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