Using the right and proper condom is an effective way to increase comfort during sexual intercourse. The use of the right condom also has a role in preventing sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s) and controlling pregnancy.
Various variants of condoms are available in the market. However, getting a condom that fits the penis requires some consideration.
Using a condom that doesn’t fit properly can cause several risks, such as decreased comfort of intercourse, condom damage, condom left inside the vagina, and so on.
With these various risks, the aftereffects of using condoms that don’t fit properly will make men try to remove the condom and choose to have sex without a condom. This will actually increase the various risks of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.
Some indicators that a condom is used that does not fit the penis are:
- Rocking around
- Can be moved easily
- The edge of the condom presses against the penis
- The size of the condom cavity for collecting semen is less than half an inch
Factors to consider choosing a condom
The right size condom should match the length and width of the penis when erect. The penis needs to be measured in length and width.
Measuring the penis when erect can be done by measuring from the pubic bone to the tip of the penis.
Meanwhile, measuring the width of the penis can be done by choosing the thickest part of the penis. Then the piece is circled with a rope. The length of the string that wraps around the penis is the width of the penis.
After knowing the length and width of the penis, the general picture of the penis is more comfortable to understand. The available description of the penis is used as an indicator when choosing a condom.
The following are condom sizes that are generally available on the market:
- Regular condom: 19.5 cm long and 5.2 cm wide
- Small condom ( small ): 16 cm long and 5.2 cm wide
- Large condom ( large ): 20 cm long and 5.4 cm wide
The next consideration when choosing a condom is material. There are four different materials used for making condoms.
The first material is latex. This material has been used as a raw material for making condoms since the 1930s. The second material is polyurethane. This dual material is capable of producing condoms that are thinner than latex condoms but less flexible.
The third material is polyisoprene. This material produces a condom that is much thinner and more elastic than latex condoms. The three materials are a type of rubber.
The fourth material is the intestinal membrane of sheep. Popularly known as sheepskin condoms. This condom is commonly used for those who are allergic to latex or rubber materials. The main drawback of lambskin condoms is that they do not prevent sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy risk.
The next consideration is the lubrication factor. Many condom brands provide an internal lubrication feature in every condom marketed. Some opinions state that adding additional lubricants can increase the ability, sensation, and comfort during intercourse.
Choosing additional lubricants also needs to pay attention to the raw ingredients of these lubricants. If you are using latex-based condoms, avoid oil-based lubricants.
Always use a water or silicone-based lubricant for latex-based condoms.