FDA Recommends Smaller Condoms; Company To Offer 60 Different Sizes

Source: Daily Mail UK

Recent Centers for Disease Control figures on condom use revealed just a third of single men use the rubber protection, and one of the most common reasons for non-users is that they “slip off.”

It sits in line with scientific research. The most high-profile study, conducted by Dr. Debby Herbenick at Indiana University, asked 1,661 men in the U.S. to give the size of their penis. She trusted the men to give accurate measurements, since any exaggeration would simply leave them with a poor-fitting condom: “If they reported a bigger-than-reality size to us, they would get a baggier condom. If they reported a smaller-than-reality size to us, the condom would be too tight.”

The average erect penis size in America is 5.57 inches. The standard condom is between 6.7 and 8.3 inches long, and around 4.1 inches in width.

Now the Food and Drug Administration, which regulates health industry standards, has conceded that there is a need for smaller condoms in a desperate bid to lower the rates of sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies. The agency has therefore made a policy change to allow manufacturing companies to make condoms of all sizes.

Great news for myONE Perfect Fit, a custom brand of condoms made by Boston company Global Protection, which has been lobbying for a change for more than seven years.

To account for variability, ONE Condoms offers 60 different dimensions, from 4.9 to 9.4 inches in length and from 3.5 to 5.0 inches in width.

Davin Wedel, president of ONE Condoms, explains: “You might be able to squeeze your large hands into a size-small glove, but that doesn’t mean it will be comfortable to wear. We want the world to know you shouldn’t have to sacrifice comfort for safety when it comes to condoms. Whether big, small or in between, myONE has a condom perfect for you.”

To buy a “bespoke” condom, men need to measure themselves or print out a measuring kit from the myONE Condoms website. They can also order sample sizes of one bigger and one smaller than their size, in case the measurements were a bit off.

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