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Does He Really Need That XL Condom?

By Suzannah Weiss

May 9, 2016

A lot of guys would like to think their penises simply can't be contained within the physical constraints of regular or even large condoms. But here's the thing: Condoms are created to accommodate a wide variety of penis sizes. So, to actually require an XL-sized condom, your junk has got to be pretty darn big, according to a guide from the Condom Depot Learning Center (which also includes some pretty delightful illustrated penis measurement instructions). Specifically, you've got to be sporting a 2.25-inch-wide, 8.1-inch-long shlong to fit into one of those babies. A plain-old large is pretty similar, accommodating a width of 2.12 inches and a length of 7.9 inches.

While some men out there might take these measurements as a challenge and get large and extra-large condoms to prove how big they are, please just...don't. In case it's not obvious why, New York City sex therapist Stephen Snyder, M.D. explains, "You don't want it to slip off during sex, since that could result in spilling semen on her vulva." And that could mean pregnancy, STDs, and all sorts of trouble.

According to Snyder, girth is actually more important than length when it comes to condom size. Maybe that's why the Condom Depot Learning Center's guide lists the same length—7.9 inches—for regular and large condoms.

So, unless a guy is close to eight inches long and over two inches around, he should do himself and his partner a favor and go for those regular condoms—they'll accommodate up to 7.9 inches. It's worth pointing out that the average erect penis is about 5.17 inches, according to one large recent study, so he doesn't need to worry they'll make his penis seem inferior. Plus, the right size could save him—and his partner—a lot of problems.

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