What size are small condoms?
Small condoms are condoms with a nominal width below 50mm. Most small condoms available in the UK and Europe have a nominal width of either 47mm or 49mm, although there might be exceptions. Smaller condoms suit men who find regular size condoms to be that little bit too big.
How do I know if I need a small size condom?
Finding the perfect condom size can be challenging. Especially if you’re convinced that regular size condoms should fit anyone.
According to sexual healthcare specialists, condoms are supposed to fit tight but they should not feel uncomfortable. If you’ve been noticing that the regular size condom fits too loose and slips – provided that you’re using the condom correctly – that should be a clear enough indicator that the condom you use is too large for you, and you need a small condom.
You should never use a regular or large size condom if you feel that the condom slips. The condom might actually slip off during intercourse if it is too big, leaving you exposed to sexually transmitted infections and accidental pregnancy.
To give you some peace of mind if you feel anxious about your size, know that research shows that women are much less interested in the penis size than men – in a study from the University of Sheffield, a sexual medicine consultant concluded that 85% of women are perfectly happy with their partners’ size even if the dimensions are on the lower side.
What matters is for you to pay attention to her needs and desires rather than displaying a long shaft. Including the need of preventing pregnancy and limiting the risk of sexually transmitted infections.
Are small condoms and snug fit condoms the same?
Yes. Brands use a variety of names to refer to their condoms, including snug fit or slim fit for the smaller sizes. However, because the actual condom size might vary from one brand to another, you should always check the actual condom size before buying.
To do that, you will have to know your penis size. Here’s how to do it.
To measure the length:
- Use a ruler or flexible tape measure to measure the length of your erect penis from the tip of your penis to the base (the part that meets your pelvis). When measuring, press the ruler or tape measure toward your pubic bone until you feel resistance to compensate for fat, hair, and skin. Always measure on the top side of your penis, and if you have a bent penis, use a flexible measuring tape and follow the shaft’s curve to measure its full length.
To measure girth:
- Use a flexible tape measure or a string and ruler to measure the circumference of your erect penis at its thickest point (usually around the middle of your shaft). Divide your girth by 3.14 to find out its width, then use this number to find out what size condom fits you.
Because most brands make their condoms longer than necessary, measuring the girth and figuring out what nominal width the condom should have is much more important than focusing on the length.
If you don’t want to spend too much time to figure out which condom you need, fill in our quiz and see what condoms in our range are the best condoms for you.
Are small condoms safe?
Yes, small condoms are as safe as all other condoms – they’re 98% effective against pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections when used correctly. There are a few reasons that could cause that number to drop, though:
- You’re using the wrong size condom: Using condoms in your size is crucial if you don’t want them to break or slip off during sex. Smaller condoms are very likely to break due to pressure. You may not be able to notice if this happens, leaving you at risk of accidental pregnancy. In rare cases, the condom may burst completely, and pieces of it may get stuck inside your partner. If this happens, you’ll have to seek professional help to remove them. Using a condom that is too large comes with the risk of it slipping off during intercourse. Sometimes, you may be able to remove the condom yourself. In other cases, you may need professional help. Either way, you’ll have to get tested for sexually transmitted infections, get emergency contraception, and hope for the best.
- You’re not using the condom correctly: A condom has an internal and an external side for a reason – the outside of the condom is usually more lubricated than its inside. On the one hand, the extra lubrication on the outside reduces friction and prevents condom breakage. On the other hand, the interior isn’t as lubricated as the exterior to improve grip and prevent the condom from falling off. It goes without saying that if you wear it the wrong side up, you’re risking that it’ll break and fall off.
- You’re not using the condom as instructed: When you’re trying to protect yourself from STIs and pregnancy, it is crucial to use the condom as instructed. Only put on the condom on your erect penis. Rolling on the condom when your penis is flaccid or semi-erect may result in condom breakage and it could hurt you. Don’t touch your partner’s genital area with your penis before putting on the condom. You may get or transmit an infection, and the pre-cum could find its way into the womb and led to accidental pregnancy. Don’t reuse the condom if you’ve put it on the wrong side. Bin it and use a new condom. (Here's our full guide on how to put on a condom, in case you were wondering!)
- You’re using an expired or damaged condom: Condoms, especially the natural rubber latex and polyisoprene kind, should be stored in a cool, dry place, away from sunlight and heat. Heat can damage the structure of these materials and create small holes that you can’t see – but that are large enough to let sperm, viruses, and bacteria to pass through. You should never use a condom you’ve kept in your wallet or pocket for more than a few hours. A condom that is past its expiration date might have dried out and there could be small, invisible cracks on it. Never use an expired condom – bin it and use a condom that have been stored properly and that is not expired.
- You’ve damaged the condom yourself: Condoms are relatively strong, but they won’t resist your teeth, fingernails, or sharp jewellery. To prevent unwanted surprises, pay attention when opening and taking out the condom out of its packet.
Can I use two condoms to increase safety?
No. Wearing two condoms isn’t safer – it is a way to break one or both condoms. The condom that is on top could also fall and get stuck inside your partner. If you don’t feel protected by a thin condom, you might want to consider using extra safe condoms.
What are the best small condoms?
- Glyde Slim Fit: Glyde is one of the most popular manufacturers of vegan condoms, and its Glyde Slim Fit options are some of the best small condoms on the market. If you like natural sex, Slim Fit standard could be right for you. This condom has a nominal width of 49mm and is 170mm long. It has a smooth texture and it is colourless and odourless. Glyde Slim Fit also comes in Red and Strawberry variants – the former is red in colour whilst the latter is red in colour and tastes like strawberry.
- MY.SIZE 49MM: Condom brand MY.SIZE has a simple mission – helping all men find the right size condom regardless of how well-endowed they are. This is one of the shortest small condoms. So, if you don’t like the feel of a condom that’s not rolled all the way, this one could be an excellent choice. This condom is made of natural rubber latex and has a smooth texture. It has a nominal width of 49mm and is 160mm long. If you need a snugger condom, MY.SIZE 47MM is similar to the 49MM except for the smaller width. Designed to suit those with a slim shaft, MY.SIZE 45MM has a nominal width of 45mm and straight walls.
- ON Little Tiger: ON and MY.SIZE condoms come from the same company and are made from the same type of smooth natural rubber latex. The Little Tiger is slightly longer than MY.SIZE – 170mm to be precise.
- EXS Snug Fit: In between MY.SIZE and ON, EXS Snug Fit condoms has a length of 166mm and a nominal width of 49mm. This is one of the thickest condoms in the category, an excellent choice for those who want an extra safe condom. Like all other condoms in this category, EXS Snug Fit condoms are made of natural rubber latex and have a smooth texture.
- Pasante Trim: The longest small condom, Pasante Trim is 180mm long and could be a good choice for those with a longer yet slimmer penis or those who find that a condom that is not rolled all the way down enhances pleasure (the condom’s rim acts as a sort of cock ring, despite its lack of vibrations). This condom is made of natural rubber latex and is lightly lubricated with silicone-based lube.
What if I’m allergic to latex?
Small latex free condoms are a rarity, so you’ll have to use an alternative if you need a small condom but you or your partner are allergic to latex. Here are a few options:
- Female condoms: Are somewhat similar to male condoms but must be inserted inside the vagina. A small silicone ring and a polyurethane cap go over the cervix and prevent semen from reaching the womb, whilst the rest of the condom lines the vagina and covers the vulva. Like male condoms, female condoms prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. They are typically made of polyurethane – polyisoprene and natural rubber latex options also exist – and are ideal for those who need a small size condom, but are allergic to latex. Female condoms are also a great contraceptive method if you can’t find a condom that fits right, and some couples even find that female condoms help them enhance intimacy. If used correctly, female condoms are around 95% effective.
- Diaphragm: If you’re not concerned about sexually transmitted infections but want to prevent pregnancy, you could use a diaphragm. Diaphragms are devices made of soft silicone and designed to cover the cervix. They must be fitted by a doctor, but you won’t have to remove them or replace them each time you have sex. Because they only cover the cervix, diaphragms don’t protect against sexually transmitted infections. This method is around 88% effective if used correctly.
- Sponge cover: An alternative to female condoms and diaphragms, the sponge cover is an intra-vaginal device soaked in spermicide that covers the cervix and kills the sperm before it can reach the womb. Sponge do not have to be fitted by a doctor, but they are the least effective of all alternative methods, with around 14% of women getting pregnant despite having used the cover correctly.
- Cervical cap: Similar to a diaphragm but smaller, the cervical cap is fitted only on the cervix’s opening. Some women may find it more comfortable to wear than a diaphragm. Like diaphragms, cervical caps are around 88% effective when used correctly, without spermicide. When used with spermicide, they are around 96% effective.
All the methods above except for the female condom are more effective when used with spermicide. However, spermicide can irritate the vagina or penis and can be responsible for urinary tract infections in women. If you decide to use a female condom, never use a male condom at the same time to increase safety. The friction between the materials could cause one or both condoms to break.
Where can I buy small condoms?
You can buy small condoms right here at Condoms.uk. We stock a wide range of 47mm and 49mm condoms from trusted brands, and offer discreet delivery on all our orders. Orders of £25 or more are also delivered free of charge – delivery fees are as low as 99p for orders below the threshold. So, what are you waiting for? Browse our range right now to find the best small condoms for you and your beloved one.