Condoms: How To Choose, Use, and Dispose off?

A male condom is a thin sheath put over an erect penis. When left in place during sex, oral sex, or anal sex, male condoms are a very effective way to shield yourself and your partner from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), for example, HIV. Additionally, male condoms are also a powerful way to forestall pregnancy. 

Condoms, also known as rubbers, are generally made of latex, however, some are produced using polyurethane or lambskin. Latex and polyurethane condoms give the most protection against STDs. 

Male condoms are easy to use, inexpensive, and easily accessible. These condoms are available with or without a lubricant and come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, lengths, thicknesses, and colors. Some condoms are even textured to increase sensation while having sex.

Why Choosing The Right Condom Size Is Important?


Condom size, truth be told, is likely the most significant property of any condom you are exploring. If a condom size is excessively small, it tends to be constrictive and hamper a man’s performance in the bed. And if the condom size is too big, it can cause more concerning issues if it releases liquid or sneaks off during sex. 

While choosing a condom size, there can be many, many factors. Base width or the size of the condoms ring or band at the base, head width, shaft length, and shaft width all assume an essential role in finding the right condom size. sex life

All things considered, most condoms are somewhat longer than they should be. If after you roll the condom on and you find that there is an excess of unrolled baggage at the base, you may require a shorter or smaller condom size. Similarly, if there is nothing left to unroll, you may need to consider using a more drawn out length or bigger condom size.

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How To Find The Right Condom Size?


Condoms come in numerous shapes and sizes. Finding the correct condom size can be challenging, however, doing so will help you to have a more secure and better sex life.

  • Condom Length 

When determining a condom size, most people focus only on the length of the condom. While this is a good form of measurement and one that most people use to measure condom size, the length of the condom is not necessarily the most important based on the average penis size. 

A report from King’s College of London and their researchers, states they went through 17 studies that examined the penis size of more than 15,000 men. Kings found that the average flaccid penis length, from the base to the opening on the tip, was 3.6 inches and the circumference, measured around the base or mid-shaft, was 3.7 inches.

When erect, the average man’s penis swelled to an astounding 5.2 inches in length, and 4.6 inches in circumference. Remember, you do not need to roll the condom all the way down to the serial numbers. Most condoms range from 6.5″ to 8.5″ in length.

  • Calculating The Width Of The Condom

The condom’s “flat width” (not the same as width) x 2 equals the condom’s “circumference” or the measurement around the shaft.

To determine the condom’s width, you can lay each unrolled condom flat across a flat ruler and measure it from side edge to side edge. To calculate the circumference of the condom (girth) the flat width of the condom is doubled.

For example, a condom with a 2.3″ width would have a circumference of 4.6″ If you are looking for a wider condom, pay attention to the width measurement on any condom size chart. 

  • The Circumference Of The Condom

This plays a major role in condom size, especially for smaller endowed men. If you are less than average, It might be better to look at the girth of your penis rather than the length when buying condoms. The condom might look too long but remember it does not have to unroll all of the ways. 

On the other hand, if the condom’s girth is too big, there is a greater risk of the condom slipping off so try to find a condom with a circumference that is comparable to your correct size.


How To Use A Condom?

  • Before you begin, make sure you check that the condoms are within the date on the packet and make sure you use ones with a mark (FDA, CE, ISO, or Kitemark) that guarantees to meet safety standards.
  • Avoid animal-skin condoms as they do not protect against STDs.
  • Open the packet carefully so the condom does not tear or break. Try not to use your teeth or scissors.

Putting On A Condom

Using a condom is simple, but in order to get a hang of it, you can practice a few times.

  • Your penis needs to be erect before the condom is put on. 
  • The condom has to be rolled up. Place it on top of your erect penis and pinch the teat at the end of the condom. This helps to get rid of any air bubbles and make sure there is enough space for the semen.
  • Roll the condom down to the base of your penis, it should roll easily. If you have started putting it on the wrong way or you are not sure then take it off and try again with a new condom.

How To Discard A Used Condom?

The best way to discard a condom is to wrap it properly in tissue or newspaper and simply throw it in the dustbin. 

Even though flushing a condom down the toilet seems to be the quick solution, avoid doing so. Most condoms do not break down and will clog your pipes.

If your partner denies using a condom do not feel pressured into having unprotected sex – always remember you have the right to decide whether or not to have sex.

Try and have a conversation first, so that you feel safe and enjoy sex.


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Janet Fudge

Janet Fudge writes on general health topics for She holds a post-graduate diploma in Public Health with a major in epidemiology. During the outbreak of COVID-19, Janet actively volunteered in vaccination drives throughout the state of Iowa. She lives in Iowa with her husband and two children.