How to Properly Measure Your Penis to Find the Right Condom Size

How to Properly Measure Your Penis to Find the Right Condom Size

Did you know that the average penis size has been increasing in the last few decades? As of 2021, the average length was six inches. Before that, it was less than five inches. 

While simple curiosity can drive any man to measure his penis, there are important reasons to know your numbers as well. If you use condoms for safer sex, which you likely should, you need a perfect fit for them to work. After all, those excellent effectiveness statistics are only for when they fit your penis without rolling down or slipping off. 

But what if you usually feel like condoms are too tight? Or maybe your condoms slip down, rendering them useless. If that’s the case, you need to know how to properly measure your penis. In particular, you need to measure it when you’re erect. 

Detailed below is everything you need to know about how to measure your penis for a perfect-fitting condom. 

Other Reasons to Measure Your Penis

Knowing your penis length and girth can also be valuable for understanding your own body better. Choosing to do this while it’s erect is worthwhile since the size can change quite a bit from when it’s flaccid.

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Some men may feel insecure about the size of their penis. So, measuring it can help them understand that they may be closer to average than they thought. In some cases, it can help them to decide to seek out enlargement procedures to see the size they really want.  

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Importance of Condom Use

Hopefully you know how important it is for most sexually active people to use a condom during sex, but it’s worth emphasizing here. 

Condoms are 98% effective when used correctly and consistently—those are good odds. 

Common Condom Mistakes

To prevent STIs and unplanned pregnancies with proper condom use, avoid the most common mistakes: 

  • Check the expiration date
  • Never use a condom twice
  • Do not allow your penis to come in contact with your partner’s genital area without a condom on
  • Wear the right size condom
  • Don’t store condoms in hot places (like your car) for extended amounts of time

When you handle your condoms responsibly, buy the right size, and use them when it counts, you can feel secure in your sexual health—and focus on the fun part of condom use.

Risks of Wearing a Badly Fitting Condom

You might have good estimation skills, but don’t rely on them here. 

Condoms are created in different sizes and styles for a reason: they are not one-size-fits-all products. If you take a guess at what size condom you need and guess wrong, it isn’t going to work correctly. Unfortunately, condom sizes don’t come in “a bit longer than my remote control.” You’re going to need numbers here.

When a condom is too small, sex can cause too much friction and cause a break. When a condom is too big it can slip off or roll down. Either way, you aren’t getting protection. 

Condom size matters for better sexual pleasure as well. The penis head has a large number of nerve endings, making it especially sensitive to sexual sensation. Wearing a condom with a bad fit can interfere with how sex feels, making it more difficult to stay hard or to orgasm. 

Measuring for a Condom 

Condom brands and styles come in an array of choices. Each condom type has a length and girth measurement.

It’s important to realize size may differ across condom manufacturers, so one brand’s “large” might have very different measurements than another brand’s “large.” Make sure to check the measurements and don’t rely on “size medium” with every brand. 

When measuring for a condom, take measurements multiple times at different times of the day. You might be surprised to see a difference in numbers. Keep track of them and use your most common measurement to pick out condoms. 

The Step-By-Step Technique

If you want to know how to measure your penis size the right way, you’ll need the right equipment. 

The most common tools used for length measurement are a ruler or tape measure. You’ll need a soft measuring tape or a long piece of string to measure their girth. 

How to Measure Penis Length

Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on measuring length: 

  1. Place the measuring tool at the base of the penis, which is where the penis meets the pubic bone
  2. Measure along the top of the erect penis all the way to the tip
  3. Record your measurement in either a journal or digital tracking app

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Understanding Your Numbers

No matter your reason for measuring, it’s essential that you approach it with a healthy and positive mindset. 

Whether your measurements are about average or significantly different, the only thing that matters is how you feel about your penis and sexual confidence. Ask yourself: could I be more sexually confident?

Penis Enlargement

After considering your measurements and your sexual confidence, you could be thinking about penis enlargement. Thankfully, penis surgery is not your only option anymore.

Dr. Malik brings a new approach to penis enhancement to Atlanta. This is all about investing in yourself, your happiness, and your self-confidence. No pills, no surgery, no anesthesia. 

The future of penis enlargement is non-surgical, permanent, and minimally invasive with little downtime afterward. The procedure involves a proprietary filler that encourages your body to produce more collagen in your penis. 

Collagen is a protein that is already present throughout your body, including your penis tissue. Dr. Malik applies a numbing agent and then microinjections of filler just under the skin. Your body builds more collagen in the area, which leads to a longer and thicker penis.

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Invest in More Self-Confidence

Condoms should be comfortable. Know how to measure your penis accurately so you can get the right condoms to have a safe and sexy time. 

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If you’re interested in being more sexually confident, we’re here to help. The Prometheus procedure is a permanent, non-surgical, proven way to invest in the enlargement of your penis. So, contact us about a consultation to get started in a healthier, more active sex life.

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    Dr. Amelia Hart is a distinguished author and medical expert renowned for her captivating narratives that bridge the gap between the intricate world of medicine and the everyday experiences of her readers.


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