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Okay i know this is going to sound stupid but whenever my boyfriend and i try to put a condom on him, it seems to come off.
He says its too small (the condom) as it doesn't reach all the way down his penis (nearly does though!).
But i think its too big as its sliding off.
So what is the problem? Is the condom too big or too small??
I dont have a clue with sizes..

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hi frenchy,

sounds like you and your boyfriend just haven't found the right condoms for you yet

you're right: it's important that the condom rolls down completely. at the same time, it's important that the condom sits tight and close, without folds and air pockets between the condom and the skin.

the problem you two might have here, from what you wrote, could be that the ring of the condoms you're currently trying might be too tight. - that's a pretty common problem. i'd recommend that you simply try out a variety of brands of condoms. - there are both smaller (i.e. tighter), wider or shaped condoms around. - buy a variety of small packs until you've discovered some you like. should there be a condom shop near where you are, go there and see what they have.

my partner - who prefers wider rings, too- and i have found that aussie brand saturn's "larger fitting condoms" have a comfortable ring and roll down easily.
also, make sure you don't try to put the condom on until he has a full erection. - and also, lend him a hand. sometimes, especially if the penis in question is uncircmised, it migth seem like one needs three hands.

hope this helps.

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It should be mentioned, in conjunction with what Caro has said, that's it's really impossible for a condom to simply be too short as far as length goes. If you put one on your hand, you'll find you can easily stretch it down your whole forearm, and penises simply don't come that large.

But a too-tight ring can contribute to being unable to roll the condom all the way down.

When you say "sliding off" do you mean the whole thing is slipping off, or that it seems to be rolling itself back up?

If it's the former, then yes, it may simply be too big, and you can try a snugger-fit condom (like Kimono). if it's the latter, then the ring size at the base is likely too tight, and you want to find a condom with a wider ring.

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