Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Tesco Condoms: Every Little Help For Extra Large Guys

The decision of the United Kingdom Tesco Supermarket chain to unveil a new extra large condom from tomorrow is a good news and should be welcomed by all stakeholders in the fight against sexually transmitted diseases and contraception as a remarkable decision and welcomed development.

Bearing in mind the plight of extra large guys, not only in getting condoms that could fit them but also give them the extra comfort and maximum pleasure they need in making love, one would begin to understand and appreciate how important this development is after all sex is all about pleasure and comfort and never about inconveniences and frustrations.

However, I need to quickly point out that the corresponding decision to sell the new extra large condoms for £9.53 for a pack of 12 should be reconsidered bearing in mind the ongoing financial crisis and the fact that the price could scare away most of the intended targets. Youngsters within the age range of 18-25 are very active sexually and these age range falls within the school age and therefore buying the new condoms at that price could be an uphill task for them. Also selling them exclusively in only 400 Tesco stores implies making it inaccessible for most of the intended users especially those in the rural areas.

Since the discovery of HIV and AIDS over thirty years ago, the virus has wreaked an untold havoc on humans and caused a lot of catastrophe to the livelihood of millions of people especially in Africa which is bearing the highest burden of the virus as a result of lack of access to sex education, ignorance and poverty. The hydra-headed problems of other sexually transmitted diseases have been here with us for a long time and therefore no more news. Also the need for family planning to ensure that the burden of making a family does not turn into a nightmare is becoming increasingly paramount especially at this period of global downturn.

Consequently, medical experts are unanimous in their decision that one of the most effective means of contraception and preventing sexually transmitted diseases is through the use of condom. In fact results of series of researches conducted lately especially in Africa proved that condom is not only accessible and affordable but also has the advantage of ease of use compared to other means of contraception and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases including HIV and AIDS. It is therefore widely trusted and more reliable.

According to a 2000 report by the American National Institutes of Health, correct and consistent use of condoms reduces the risk of HIV/AIDS transmission by approximately 85% relative to risk when unprotected. The same review also concluded that condom use significantly reduces the risk of gonorrhoea for men.

Similarly, a 2006 report by the same institute reports that proper condom use decreases the risk of transmission of Human Papillomavirus by approximately 70% while another study in the same year found consistent condom use effective for reducing transmission of Herpes Simplex Virus-2 also known as Genital Herpes, in both men and women.

As a method of contraception, male condoms have the advantage of being inexpensive, easy to use, having few side effects and as noted earlier offering protection against sexually transmitted diseases. With proper knowledge and application technique including using it at every act of intercourse, users of male condoms experience a 2% per-year pregnancy rate. All these works well if the right condom is used during intercourse hence the eulogising of the decision of the Tesco to market extra large ones.

A condom is a barrier device most commonly used during sexual intercourse to reduce the likelihood of pregnancy and spreading sexually transmitted diseases. It is put on an erected penis and physically blocks ejaculated semen from entering the body of a sexual partner. Condoms are waterproof, elastic and durable and they are also used in a variety of secondary applications including getting sperms for artificial insemination and even the treatment of erectile problems. If a condom is too tight especially in cases where extra large guys are using the standard size condoms, it is likely to burst and could lead to pregnancy or transmission of sexually transmitted diseases.

Condoms have been used for at least 400 years. Since the nineteenth century, they have been one of the most popular methods of contraception in the world. While widely accepted in modern times, condoms have generated some controversies, primarily over what role they should play in sex education. The Roman Catholic Church generally has been in forefront against the use of condom.

The definitive official Roman Catholic Church stand against the use of condom was issued on July 25, 1968 through an encyclical of Pope Paul VI titled ‘Humane Vitae’. In 1920 the Church of England's Lambeth Conference condemned all ‘unnatural means of conception avoidance’; however 10 years later same conference changed its mind and sanctioned the use of birth control by married couples. In 1931 the Federal Council of Churches in the U.S. issued a similar statement. The Roman Catholic Church in her conservative tradition under Pope Pius XI responded by issuing the encyclical ‘Casti Connubii’ on December 31, 1930 affirming its opposition to all contraceptives, a stance it has never reversed.

While visiting Cameroun recently, Pope Benedict XVI told the audience that the use of condom in the fight against sexually transmitted diseases is not viable, reliable and trustworthy while its use as a form of family planning or contraception is a sin. That statement generated a lot of criticism from various quarters including the Belgian Parliament that issued statement of protest against the statement.

Even the Founder of psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud opposed all methods of birth control on the ground that their failure rates were too high. Freud was especially opposed to the condom because it cut down on sexual pleasure; a major reason well endowed men are wary of using the standard condom in use today. Freud would therefore be pleased that Tesco is unveiling and marketing extra large ones. At least that will convince him finally of the possibility of high sexual pleasure using a condom. An extra large one of course!

However bearing in mind that most condoms being marketed today especially in Africa comes in one size of 205mm longer and 1mm wider, this should be good news for most men whom having sex is becoming a nightmare due to the inconvenience of using a very tight and small condom. The new condom being unveiled by the Tesco Supermarkets solves the problem because it is expected to be 10 mm longer compared to the standard condoms in circulation at the moment.

In one of my previous articles tilted ‘The Biggest Cock In The World’, I devoted much time to discussing in detail the sizes of men’s penis including mentioning the fact that the biggest cock recorded so far and also verified is 13 and half inches and it belongs to Jonah Cardeli Falcon who was born on July 29, 1970. His penis is 9.5 inches (24.13 cm) flaccid and 13.5 inches (34.29 cm) when erect.

Bearing this in mind then, there is no sense in a person of this endowment using the same size of condom with another person of 6.5 inches which is medically the average size of a penis. A penis of 14 inches in size was also recorded but was never verified medically and therefore could not be accepted.

In addition, it is also a fact that a particular group of people or race or even ethnic group are well and better endowed when compared to others. It is a known fact that blacks are more likely to be well endowed compared to their white counterparts. In addition, blacks of the Caribbean origin are more likely to be well endowed compared to their counterparts of other origin. When compared with Asians, Europeans are more likely to be better endowed and when a comparative analysis of all of them are made, black are still on top.

Despite all these obvious differences, condom manufacturers have for long neglected the cry, call and clamour of well endowed men to have something bigger that could give them not only maximum comfort but also better enjoyment. Within this group are also some men who have despite the threat of sexually transmitted diseases continued having sex without condom due to the tightness and inconvenience of using the available standard condoms.

Some studies have associated larger penises and smaller condoms with increased breakage and decreased slippage rates and vice versa. It should also be noted that condom do have some failures. Condoms may slip off the penis after ejaculation, break due to improper application or physical damage such as tears caused when opening the package or break or slip due to latex degradation typically from usage past the expiration date, improper storage, or exposure to oils.

The rate of bursting is between 0.4% and 2.3%, while the rate of slippage is between 0.6% and 1.3%. Even if no breakage or slippage is observed, 1-2% of women will test positive for semen residue after intercourse with a condom. ‘Double bagging,’ which means using two condoms at same time also increases the risk of condom failure. The use of creams and lotions especially Vaseline is also known to pose a higher risk to condom as the rate of bursting is very high when Vaseline is applied to condom.

Different modes of condom failure result in different levels of semen exposure. If a failure occurs during application, the damaged condom may be disposed of and a new condom applied before intercourse begins. Such failures generally pose no risk to the user. One study found that semen exposure from a broken condom was about half that of unprotected intercourse while semen exposure from a slipped condom was about one-fifth that of unprotected intercourse.

It is therefore imperative that kudos be given to Tesco for taking it upon themselves to initiate this good gesture and making the condoms available in their stores. Prior to this announcement, selected pharmacies have been selling extra large condoms in small scale but the plan of Tesco to market them in an unprecedented scale is unprecedented in itself and a development any well meaning individual who cherishes the joy in sex, the value of contraception and the fight against sexually transmitted diseases should welcome with open mind and heart.

A lot of men have lost hope and abandoned the use of condom due to its small size but this plan is obviously going to win them back again to the fold and obviously be a plus in the fight against the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.


  1. Meanwhile according to the 'thelondonpaper' of Thursday September 3, 2009, "Scottish men buy larger condoms than their counterparts south of the border. Tesco reported that more of its extra-large condoms, which are 10mm longer and 1mm wider than standard ones, had been bought in Glasgow than anywhere else in the UK".

  2. I am very pleased to discover the availability of such large codoms. I am exceptionally well endowed (12.5 inches long and 7.5 around). I have an extremely high sex drive and often have intercourse with as many as 5 different women every week. I also have a very high sperm count. The fact that I can't use normal sized condoms has resulted in my impregnating at least 30 women. With the ready availability extra-large condoms, I can now enjoy as much sex as I want without worrying so much that I may be getting another woman pregnant.