5 Ways of Knowing Your Condom Is The Wrong Size

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Telltale signs you need something different

Believe it or not, there are more than a few guys who struggle with condom size. Please understand this isn’t because they are “massive” or some other silly reason designed to stoke the ego.

Nope. Instead, it’s all about men not being given enough information on how to buy the right product to fit their unique needs. If I had a dime for every guy who brought this up during counseling, I’d be rich.

Here’s the deal. The topic of intimacy comes up frequently during therapy. High on the list is intercourse and the decision to use or not use latex.

Related: Cheating fears and condoms

If you and your mate have made the decision to wrap it up, good on you. It’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the transmission of various STI’s and/or stop unwanted pregnancies.

If you are new to the latex world or need some warning signs that your rubber may be the wrong size, here are five telltale signs.

Some of these may seem like common sense while others stir new thinking. Read them all to get the most from this article.



When you put on a rubber, it should roll down with ease to your shaft. If you notice it keeps slipping or coming off, it’s probably too big. In that case, you’ll need a smaller size.

Now bear in mind the average size condom is around 7.5 inches in length and will fit guys 5.1 to 6.5 inches when erect. Don’t get down on yourself if you need something different. Remember, the average man is around 5.56 inches.


If you put one on your Johnson and it starts to hurt, that’s a very good sign you either have it on wrong or you need a larger size. More than likely, it’s the later.

Rubbers shouldn’t be painful to wear. You may have to experiment a bit with different brands to determine which ones work best for your needs. Trojan’s Magnum product is one that a lot of larger men turn to for example (See Amazon).


There’s all sorts of different reasons you can lose your wood. One that often gets overlooked is wearing the wrong size product. Yep, if it’s too tight or cuts off blood circulation, it can cause you to deflate.

If you’ve noticed this problem, try putting on something larger or a different brand. You might be surprised at the results.


Do you look at your manhood when you take your rubber off? If so, can you see a circular line that goes around the shaft? If so, that’s a good sign you are wearing the wrong size.

Condoms shouldn’t be so tight that they dig into your skin. They should rest firmly but allow for a little wiggle room. If you aren’t conducting an inspection after intimacy, now might be a good time to start.

Oh, and by the way. If your condom keeps ripping while doing the nasty, consider upgrading to mega big boy size.


The hard truth is (no pun intended) that learning how to put on a condom takes time. But once you get the hang of it, it’s like riding a bicycle.

Unless you are wearing the wrong size.

When you are properly matched with your latex, it should slide on nicely. A strong indicator that yours is too small is when you can’t get the rubber to slip around the head. If this describes you, it may be time to upgrade your size.


Hopefully, the information shared here will help you with your purchasing needs. Once you find a size that works for you, it might be a smart idea to keep several handy.

Depending on how active you are, it never hurts to pack a few in your overnight kit. Hey, you never know if you’ll need one, right?

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Dr. John Moore is a licensed counselor and Editor-in-Chief of Guy Counseling. A journalist and blogger, he writes about a variety of topics related to wellness. His interests include technology, outdoor activities, science, and men's health. Check out his show --> The Men's Self Help Podcast