When picking a condom, the thickness of a man’s genital also matters, say Swede sex experts

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An employee examines a condom at the Taiwan Fuji Latex Condoms Discovery Center in New Taipei City, July 24, 2013. The center is run by Taiwan's biggest condom manufacturer, Fuji Latex, and will officially open to the public on August 22, with the aim of providing more information on condoms and contraceptives, according to their official website. Reuters/Pichi Chuang

Numerous studies have confirmed that when it comes to sex, the size of a male partner’s genital matters for many women. However, the basis of size should not only be length but also girth when it comes to using condoms, which The Stockholm Schools Youth Clinic is promoting to prevent the further spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STD) in the country.

Besides distributing rubbers, the clinic is also giving away a specially designed tape for measuring the circumference, or how thick is the male genital. That’s because many men use condoms based solely on the length of their penis and not its thickness.

In some cases, the condom slips off or breaks during lovemaking because of using the wrong size. The condom comes off when the size used is too large, but it breaks when the condom is too small for the erect genital.

To avert those embarrassing or dangerous situations, Eddie Sandstrom, nurse of the clinic, advises men to use first the special tape before picking the free condoms. “You have to measure the circumference of the penis when erect, not the length. On our measuring tape you get the measurement in millimeters and a few recommendations for condom types that are suitable,” Sandstrom clarifies.

After the men know the circumference of their organ, the clinic would provide them with free condoms for penises with circumference of 2 to 2 ½ inches or 50.8 to 63.5 millimetres.

If men use the correct size of a condom, the clinic aims to curb the alarming increase in gonorrhea infection and chlamydia cases observed to be going up in Sweden, says a 2013 report by HealthExpress, an online clinic. Sweden, unfortunately, is now known as the STD capital of Europe based on more than 3,500 sexually transmitted infection consultations across the continent. Other European nations with high STD infection rates are Germany, France, Poland, Spain and Italy.

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