The Long Hard Truth About Extra Large Condoms

man-with-giant-condom-packCondom makers would love to have you think that their “extra large” condoms are significantly larger than regular sized ones. Of course, every man wants to feel more manly and that he measures up well against his peers. So condom companies come out with condoms that are just slightly larger than their standard product line and package these as “large” sized in order to entice their male customers to buy more of their products.

They play a game with the consumer using marketing tricks, but the condom makers aren’t totally to blame for this problem. Their hands are tied by the FDA which has imposed legal limits on the sizes of condoms that can be sold in the US. The reasons for this are two-fold. On the one hand, condoms need to pass tests using standardized testing equipment. And for some reason the FDA didn’t have the foresight to employ testing equipment that can accommodate condom widths suitable for the 10% of the population with the largest penis circumferences.

On the other hand, they probably don’t trust men with average sized penises to stick to buying regular sized condoms. In this regard, us men are idiots. We all want to think we’re bigger than the next guy, so we’ll insist on using “large” sized condoms even if a regular sized one is a good fit.

How Much Bigger Are Extra Large Condoms?

So the truth of the matter is that extra large condoms are made for average sized men. They just simply aren’t that much bigger. I got the idea to start this website from my own frustration with trying to find condoms that were wide enough. I wanted to find a size that would fit and put together a size chart to help other guys who had the same problem. Even the largest size I could find in the store was uncomfortable to wear. I’m not hung like a porn star or anything, so I was wondering what the problem was. It turns out that the available range of sizes doesn’t really have me covered.

The range of nominal widths for condoms that can legally be sold in the US is 47-57mm. How big is that? The nominal width is a flat width, which works out to half of the circumference of the condom when not stretched at all. So that makes a circumference of between 94-114mm allowed.

A condom needs to stretch a little in order to fit the wearer securely, but too much stretch and it becomes uncomfortable and more likely to break. The ideal amount of stretch required is around 10%. So if we add an extra 10% to the un-stretched condom circumference, we arrive at a range of 103.4-125.4mm for the actual erect penis circumference that condoms are made to fit. If the metric system makes your head spin, this works out to approximately 4-4.9 inches.

So what does this mean for any guy whose penis circumference is 5 inches or greater? He’s out of luck and forced to squeeze into an ill-fitting condom (unless he orders a truly wider condom from outside the country) .

Consider this—about 5% of the male population in the US has a penis circumference of 5.5 inches (140mm) or greater. These guys should be wearing a condom with a nominal width of at least 63mm, but the largest available is 57mm. The Trojan Magnum is not even made to the maximum width possible, it’s only 54mm. Even more amazingly, the Trojan Magnum XL is still shy of the maximum allowable width at 56mm.

The Trojan Magnum Ribbed and Magnum Thin are actually the two widest latex condoms you can find in the US, with nominal widths of 57mm. This is still well short of the 63mm that would be ideal if you happen to have a girth of 5.5 inches, but on the plus side the Magnum line is shaped with more room at the head, so you may still find them significantly more comfortable to wear.

The extra large condoms made by some other companies are even smaller. For example, Lifestyles KYNG line has a nominal width of only 51mm, making them smaller than a regular sized Trojan. Kimono MAXX are the same 51mm wide.

Just how ridiculous is the situation with condom sizes? To put things in perspective, this would be like as if women’s bra sizes were limited to A-cup and B-cup only, and then labeling B-cup as a “large” sized bra. Yes, condoms are more elastic than bras, but can you imagine if every woman with Double-D sized breasts was forced to squeeze them into a latex bra with B sized cups? It is unthinkable, but that is exactly what guys with a large girth are expected to do.

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