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So, I am on the pill but on rare occasions we use condoms (I missed a pill/I'm on my period/It's just easier to clean up). I think we use regular sizes.

The thing is, when my boyfriend puts them on, it kind of hurts him and they are tight when he rolls them down. Once it is on, it's fine but putting it on is painful for him.

I take this as a sign that it's too small. But are condoms sized on width or length? The length is fine. Also, if we use a larger size will it be too loose?

Thanks in advance.

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Condom sizes generally differ by width, not length. the length of any given condom is not only pretty close to the same, even the smallest condom per length is something that will fit over my arm, which is larger than any penis in history.

The best way to find out what condoms we like and work best is simply for the person wearing them to try them. When people are new to condoms, I generally suggest buying assortment packs to find out what's best. If your partner wants to try some larger sizes, he can find out if those feel better and fit without worrying about a failure by trying them first during his own masturbation.

Additionally, is your boyfriend putting a few drops of lube inside the condom first before he puts it on? That not only helps all condoms feel better during use, and can help keep them from breaking, it can also make putting them on more comfortable.

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I never thought of the lube idea. It makes a lot of sense. I'll suggest that to him and if it still doesn't work he can try some other sizes.


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