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Single-Size Condoms Do Not Fit All

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When men buy shoes they are fitted for a particular size. Wearing a size 12 shoe when your foot is size 10 doesn't make any sense. But when it comes to condoms, the assumption has often been that one size fits all. Now, investigators suggest this kind of thinking is short sighted. Over 400 men were surveyed in the study and 45 percent complained that the off-the-shelf condoms they had used did not fit properly. They were more than twice as likely to have experienced condom breakage or slippage, which defeats the purpose and can be uncomfortable. These men reported that badly fitting condoms detract from the sexual experience. Part of the problem seems to be that labels such as small or medium are unappealing. Perhaps it is time to use marketing skills to come up with better sizing information for condoms.

[Sexually Transmitted Infections, March 2010]

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Is this a headline from The Onion? What man when given the chance to self report is going to say that a small or medium condom fits him just fine? I'm surprised they found ANY men who would admit that a condom fit at all? In my premarital days that was the usual reason a man gave for not wanting to wear one-- they don't fit. Sure. Right.

This is like asking women their weight and about as scientifically accurate.

There is length but also width to consider. The truth is that women's vaginas are also of different widths and lengths. I've always thought women should control the condom supply since too many men are reluctant to take full responsibility in this area. With a little experience she can decipher the size of condom to be used, present it and put it in place, learning as she goes. Only she needs to know the size she chose.

No matter how condom makers repackage and rename for size variation, buyers will know what label indicates small and medium. Good luck getting around that obstacle.

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