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12-29-2009, 05:27 PM
Condoms 'too big' for Indian men
By Damian Grammaticus
BBC News, Delhi

Condom factory
There is a "lack of awareness" over condom sizes
A survey of more than 1,000 men in India has concluded that condoms made according to international sizes are too large for a majority of Indian men.

The study found that more than half of the men measured had penises that were shorter than international standards for condoms.

It has led to a call for condoms of mixed sizes to be made more widely available in India.

The two-year study was carried out by the Indian Council of Medical Research.

Over 1,200 volunteers from the length and breadth of the country had their penises measured precisely, down to the last millimetre.

The scientists even checked their sample was representative of India as a whole in terms of class, religion and urban and rural dwellers.

It's not size, it's what you do with it that matters
Sunil Mehra
The conclusion of all this scientific endeavour is that about 60% of Indian men have penises which are between three and five centimetres shorter than international standards used in condom manufacture.

Doctor Chander Puri, a specialist in reproductive health at the Indian Council of Medical Research, told the BBC there was an obvious need in India for custom-made condoms, as most of those currently on sale are too large.

The issue is serious because about one in every five times a condom is used in India it either falls off or tears, an extremely high failure rate.

And the country already has the highest number of HIV infections of any nation.

'Not a problem'

Mr Puri said that since Indians would be embarrassed about going to a chemist to ask for smaller condoms there should be vending machines dispensing different sizes all around the country.

"Smaller condoms are on sale in India. But there is a lack of awareness that different sizes are available. There is anxiety talking about the issue. And normally one feels shy to go to a chemist's shop and ask for a smaller size condom."

But Indian men need not be concerned about measuring up internationally according to Sunil Mehra, the former editor of the Indian version of the men's magazine Maxim.

"It's not size, it's what you do with it that matters," he said.

"From our population, the evidence is Indians are doing pretty well.

"With apologies to the poet Alexander Pope, you could say, for inches and centimetres, let fools contend."

Phillip Allen
12-29-2009, 05:30 PM
apparently size isn't very important considering just how many of them there are

Captain Blight
12-29-2009, 05:33 PM
They say size doesn't matter? Shoot. Size has always done well for me!

12-29-2009, 05:37 PM
They say size doesn't matter? Shoot. Size has always done well for me!

They weren’t talking about the size of your ego . . . :p

Captain Blight
12-29-2009, 06:08 PM
Overheard by myself and a mixed party of Chinese friends in a chemists shop in Nanjing Road, Shanghai, in March 1997:

"Condoms? Of course we have them! Now, which sort do you want - we have the Chinese ones here, of course, but if you want to feel really safe and are willing to pay a little more we have the Japanese ones here and if you feel really confident in yourself we have the genuine English ones here..."

I forget who caught whose eye first, but how we all got out of the shop without bursting is still more than I can tell. In the street outside, we cracked up for several minutes.
I love the story about the condoms issued to Bren gunners during the war; some bright penny had discovered that a French letter was just the thing for keeping mud and grit out of the muzzles of their machines. So the MoD ordered up a bunch of them, of slightly thicker rubber and about two foot long, fully unfurled. And then had them labeled as Condoms,HRH Army Issue, Size Small to discourage the Hun if they were ever found....

Ian McColgin
12-29-2009, 06:13 PM
The story indicates things I'd not run into. For one, length is truely not a problem - unless you're Dirk Digler they are all "too long" and a bit of roll at the root is no problem. The sizing has more to do with diameter.

It could make Indian men feel better if the slip off problem was caused, as it often is, by using too small a condum.

Breakage is not from being too big. It's from poor quality.

Actually, however, there's quite a bit in the story that seems so off that I'm not taking it too seriously. Just now.

Ian McColgin
12-29-2009, 06:24 PM
Something like that happened to Dad in WWII when he commanded an air base in the Casa Blanca area. Reading his casualty reports he realized that he had more guys out from clap and syph and the Army Air Corps was yet to issue. So he went downtown and ran into the school boy's nightmare, the person at the counter was a lovely young woman. In his best fractured French complete with Oklahoma twang he asked for "un milley." She laughed and gave him one. So he repeated himself and even wrote it out. Got his base supply and also got a lot of amused stares in the following weeks.

Tom Galyen
12-29-2009, 08:53 PM
On the ship I was on in the 60's, the corpsman got tired of all the VD cases he had to treat and talked to the captain. The next liberty call there was a box of condoms on a little table just off the quarterdeck. This was available at all ports of call and donations were asked for to keep the supply current.

We got back to the states and some sailors parents were visiting and a mother saw the table and was horrified. Within a week a letter arrived from her U.S. Congressman and the table and box disappeared, and the cases of VD again rose.

No one ever knew whose mother wrote to her congressman, but the corpsman thought that it would have been proper if her son was one who came down with a good case.

12-30-2009, 02:37 AM
Round these parts there's a university with a large asian student population, thus the condoms available are of a "one size fits all".

When the missus was going through wimminpause; well they just didn't work on extension ladders, that's for sure!:p

12-30-2009, 05:54 AM
Yup...they works nice on the end of a Swedish "K"/Gustav M45.....

Phillip Allen
12-30-2009, 08:19 AM
Yup...they works nice on the end of a Swedish "K"/Gustav M45.....

did they prevent any (future) pregnantcies... :)

12-30-2009, 08:34 AM
did they prevent any (future) pregnantcies...


Bob Cleek
12-30-2009, 12:48 PM
Few realize that all good quality rubbers have an individual serial number printed on them. Only those who have to roll them on far enough know this fact.

Then there was the Scottish regimental supply sergeant who went to the apothecary and explained he needed to obtain additional prophylactic supplies for the regiment. "What's the price per rubber?" he asked. The apothecary quoted the standard price. The sergeant replied, "Well, then, how much would it cost to repair the one we've got?"

12-30-2009, 02:52 PM
International suppliers of condoms in Brazil have had to revamp their specs so as to meet local conditions, both as regards gauge as well as overall length !

Which is not to say that being oversize in the local market is not met with resistance, as a recent litigation in the civil courts in Rio de Janeiro have witnessed: A young bride filed a case to dissolve her marriage due to the oversize of her hubby´s instrument.

A 'perito' (expert) was appointed by the courts who attested to the fact that in all reality it was some 10 cms long in the quiescent state.

Despite objections raised by the 'promotor' (public prosecutor ?) who contended that such a situation would have been on the wish list of the majority of women, the judge decided in favour of annulling the marriage.:D

12-30-2009, 03:58 PM
OK, this might be a bit too much information, but there is a specially sized condom called "theyfit" condoms. You download and print the sizing chart and measure the member. Then using the chart you order the fit for you. They are all I use. Once you use a correctly fitting condom, you never go back!!!!

12-30-2009, 05:15 PM
Whassa matta, they wuzint short enough for you?

and Cleek....
Few realize that all good quality rubbers have an individual serial number printed on them. Only those who have to roll them on far enough know this fact.
I gotta honestly say......after the darn thing was installed, I never looked at it again....

12-30-2009, 05:32 PM
Come on Syed, don't be shy, speak up man! :D

Vasectomies rule, never did like the smell of burnin rubber.:D

12-30-2009, 05:32 PM
We should send them Bush

President Bush Promotes Abstinence Until Marriage in New Budget
George W. Bush’s campaign for President incorporated a promise to promote abstinence-until-marriage as a means of reducing teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). On Friday, February 1, 2002, his administration, through HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson announced that, "President Bush’s budget for 2003 will increase funding for abstinence education programs to $135 million to ensure that more children receive the message that abstinence is the best option for avoiding unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases." The budget request is a $33 million increase over current funding for abstinence-only education. Secretary Thompson added, "For the first time, the federal government has demonstrated its commitment to bringing equity to the message of abstinence and teen family-planning services."
The budget request will include $73 million for the HHS Community-Based Abstinence Education program, $50 million for abstinence education grants to the U.S. states and territories, and $12 million will be administered through the Adolescent Family Life Program of the department’s Office of Population Affairs.


12-31-2009, 04:39 AM
Gary, mate, I am trying to be courteous, not shy actually.;)

wizbang 13
12-31-2009, 07:49 AM
Foreign news corespondent to chinese leader, "why don't you have elections in China?" Answer "Have election evely time see pletty woman!"

12-31-2009, 04:00 PM
We all know that the answer isn't smaller condoms. It's bigger boats.

Vince Brennan
12-31-2009, 05:24 PM
Dammit. Cleek, not only didja steal my joke, but then you shortened it.... oh.... nevvamind...