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A Brief Guide to Choosing the Right Size Condom

Grab a measuring tape. Or a toilet paper roll.
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Condoms are still the most effective way to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Men have been using them for over 11,000 years, after all, so the technology is pretty sound. But a condom's got to fit right—not so loose it slips off or so tight it breaks. This is where knowing your exact size really helps.

How to Pick the Best Condom

The most important measurement for picking a condom is girth, not length. To get a very rough estimate, slide a toilet paper roll around your erect penis. If there is extra room, you qualify as "small." If it fits about right, then "medium." If it is too tight, "large." Cool trick. Using that measure, the best condom for six inches would be a small. Or, use a tape measure or a piece of string to measure from the base to the tip of the penis while erect. Take the width measurement as well, around the penis at mid-shaft.

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If you're...

Length: 6 to 7 inches

Width: 1.7 to 2 inches

Get...

Size: Small

If you're...

Length: 7 to 7.9 inches

Width: 2.05 to 2.13 inches

Get...

Size: Medium

If you're...

Length: 8 inches and up

Width: 2.13 to 2.3 inches

Get...

Size: Large

If you're...

Length: Under 8 inches

Width: 2.3 inches and up

Get...

Size: Extra Large

This story originally appeared on Esquire.com.

* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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