It's a long-running joke (that isn't remotely funny) that men hate wearing condoms. The reasons you'll hear can range from "they don't feel as good" to "I just don't like them." Which btw is absolute BS because there are so many awesome new condoms that are super-thin and barely impact on the sensation at all. All in all, these are some pretty harmful attitudes especially when it comes to sexual health and safe sex, which should always be prioritized over some dude's penile feelings.
The New York Times published a new report though that reveals there may be another reason some guys aren't giant condom fans—and it all comes down to size. So apparently, it turns out the average penis is a fair few centimeters shorter than the standard condom length of 17 cm. And this is causing some guys issues when using condoms.
Debby Herbenick, a sexual health expert at Indiana University, studied 1,661 U.S. men and found that 83 percent said their penises were shorter than most condoms. An average penis length was worked out as around six inches which is just over 14 cm—a full two cm shorter than standard condoms.
The New York Times reports some studies have found men often said condoms tended to "slip off." Ron Frezieres, vice president for research and evaluation at Essential Access Health, added, "Shorter men had a big roll of latex at the base of the penis."
So that kind of makes sense right?
It's good news then for those guys because there are now custom condoms to fit all lovely penis lengths and sizes.
It's so sad and worrying that condoms have such a bad rep—they save lives! But hopefully, the introduction of these new custom condoms will mean more men are up for using them. And to the ones that already do use them religiously, keep it up.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com/uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.