What do you think of condom sizes?

Ms. Spice Ms. Spice
As most of you know, condoms were created so that individuals could prevent pregnancy and reduce their chances with being infected with an STI/STD. However, I found that male condoms that are sold in the US are generally poor fitting. I've used a variety of condom brands, and I usually only see a "Standard/ Average" size and a "Large" size. I don't think I've ever seen "Small" condoms in a traditional grocery store or pharmacy; I've only seen them in specialty stores.

I find that standards work well for men who have average width and girth (obviously). I also find that large condoms, especially made by Trojan tend to fit men with a wider girth, but do not do a good job with accommodating men with a longer than average length. Yes, they are slightly longer, but not by much. And of course they don't accommodate men who may have wider girth but shorter length.And men that are not less well endowed usually settle for the "Standard" size condom, which doesn't work at all because it doesn't fit the penis well, which can lead to seepage or a condom that will just slip off. XXL condoms seem to fit for the much larger and longer than average, and that's it. Anyway, the point is that penis sizes range in length and width, and there's a lot of penises that are going without a decent form of protection.

I get particularly annoyed with this because if I do want to use a condom, I want to make sure both my partner and I are protected, and with a partially exposed penis, that just doesn't work.

I find that I only have this problem in the States though. When I go to Europe (at least western Europe), there seem to be a variety of condoms that fit all shapes and sizes, including the wider/ longer/ shorter/ anything in between. However, I haven't visited places outside of Europe and the US, so I am unsure if ill fitting condoms are primarily a problem of the US.

After this lengthy explanation, the question I ask is, "Do grocery/ pharmacy bought condoms typically fit you or your partner? If not, do you still use them as a form of birth control? Do you think that condom companies should accommodate other sizes or are you happy with what we have?
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
My partner and I have never had a size issue with condoms.
2
Yes, we've had a size issue, but we don't use them.
2
Yes, we've have a size issue, but we still use them.
3
Condom companies should include more sizes so that all men and women can have protection.
7
Condom companies shouldn't change their sizes, they're just fine.
Other.
2
Total votes: 16 (11 voters)
Poll is closed
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ss143 ss143
I think that the companies should have a wider range,variety in sizes. Bf is of average length but hes quite thick so we find a lot of the standard condoms are waaayy to tight where he has trouble because of it so we get the magnum ones they are very comfortable girth wise but a tad too long. Therefore sometimes we use them but for the most part not or they come off half way through because he gets frustrated by them. It'd be nice to find one that fits right but for now we do what works.
11/29/2011
AndroAngel AndroAngel
My lover is a good bit longer and girthier than average, but fortunately not massive, so we can get away with using Magnums. I do wish there were more size options, though. And I definitely wish they'd put size specs on the box.
11/29/2011
Stinkytofu10 Stinkytofu10
I never liked the feel of condoms, and I have a stable partner, so thankfully I don't have to use them (we have other methods).
11/29/2011
Coralbell Coralbell
My bf is average size, and we've never had any problems. Since there is variation in size and shape even within "standard" sized condoms, certain condoms definitely fit him better than others, but none that we've tried have been really bad, just not great.

I did have problems with condoms not working well with my ex, but that was because he was uncircumsized and they would always ride up. We ended up just giving up on condoms and relying on birth control pills instead.
11/29/2011
Total posts: 5
Unique posters: 5