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It’s time for men to start measuring their manhood – for the sake of their sexual health!
The Doctors looks into a new method being used in Sweden by a Stockholm clinic that is encouraging men to use a doctor-approved measuring tape for their penis. It turns out the circumference, and not the length, is key to finding your appropriate condom size.
“A lot of folks have not been wearing the right condom. There has been declining condom use in Sweden. They want men to use them and it’s all about getting the right, snug fit,” ER physician Dr. Travis Stork says.
For OB/GYN Dr. Jennifer Ashton, the issue of the right fit is something she has encounters with patients and also something she warned her son about.
“I do have a son who is of age, and I have told him many times, much to his deep embarrassment, that it is very important that he gets the right sized condoms,” she shares. “Every year in my office, I retrieve a condom from inside a woman that slipped off during sex. And the initial question that really comes into everyone’s mind is, ‘Wow! How could that possibly happen?’ This is how!”
Family medicine physician Dr. Rachael Ross also opens up about her professional experience with the ill-fitting condoms.
“The main reason they fall off, the main reason they break is because it’s not the right size for a guy. Particularly young gentlemen, when they start having sex, if they put the condom on and it feels like a tourniquet… how long are they really going wear that? They’re going come up with excuses [to not wear it],” she explains.
The Swedish male member measuring tape, which has yet to come to America, is commended by Dr. Stork, who is glad to see some of the embarrassment removed from practicing safe sex.
“One of the main reasons people don’t use condoms is we make it so awkward… this can save your life [and] it could save you from an unwanted pregnancy,” he says.
Sexually active people should take note of Dr. Ashton’s warning that with “typical use” condoms have a 17 percent failure rate.