Advantage: protects not only from unwanted pregnancy, but also from diseases transmitted during sex. This only works if the rubber fits well and does not come off or even tear from time to time. Here are the buying tips:

1. Size:

It is not the length that is important, but the width – information that can be found on the packaging.

Is 49 millimeters or 54 millimeters better? To know exactly what size condom is suitable, you can’t do without measuring. To do this, use a tape measure to measure the circumference of the erect penis – at its thickest point.

You can enter the measured value on the BZgA portal “” and calculate the optimal condom size. For example, if you measure your penis circumference to be 12 centimeters, you’ll probably need condoms that are 52 or 53 millimeters wide.

2. Thickness:

Feel as much as possible – if this is a big deal for you, you might want to choose models with thinner walls. But be careful: especially thin rubber – with a wall thickness of 0.06 millimeters or less – breaks faster. According to the site, they are only suitable for vaginal sex.

If you need protection during anal sex, it is better to use a thicker condom. According to, a wall thickness of 0.1 millimeters can withstand even more severe loads.

3. Material

Most condoms are made from latex. According to the German Allergy and Asthma Association, two percent of the population is allergic to latex.

For example, for those who get a skin rash when they come into contact with latex, there are alternatives that don’t require this. They are made of polyurethane plastic, which, according to “”, practically does not cause allergies.
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