Comparatively smaller size of penis in Indian men lead to higher rate of condom failure increasing the risk of more HIV infections and chances of more unwanted pregnancies, experts said.
Condom failure rate is found to be extremely high with Indian men. One in every five times a condom is used in India it either falls off or tears during sexual intercourse.
Higher rates of condom failure is a very serious issue in the world’s second most populous country which is struggling to hard to keep its ever-growing multitude on check.
India already has the highest number of HIV infections of any nation in the world.
Experts attribute the higher rate of condom failure to the smaller size of penises in Indian men.
Most of the Indian men find condoms available in the Indian market too big for their penis. A bigger-sized condom can easily fall off from the penis as it is not tightly attached to it. Loose-fitting condoms also raises the risk of condom tear as they can trap air more bubbles in inside spaces.
Condom rupture during sexual intercourse renders the artificial barrier ineffective as body fluids including semen can seep through leading to pregnancy or infections including HIV.
A study conducted by the Indian Council of Medical Research – the country’s apex decision making body on medical research –found that condoms made as per international standard sizes are too large for a majority of men in India.
The survey of more than 1,000 men in India has concluded that more than half of the men measured had penises that were shorter than international standards for condoms.
The two-year study measured the penis length of over 1,200 volunteers from the length and breadth of the country across all class and religions found that about 60% of Indian men have penises which are between three and five centimetres shorter than international standards used in condom manufacture.
Experts from the Indian Council of Medical Research said the scientific study is a clear pointer to the need for custom-made condoms in India because as most of those currently available are too large.
Even though smaller condoms and condoms of different are on sale in India, most of the Indian men are not aware of their availability.
Also, they often feel shy of asking for a smaller sized condom from a drug shop, medical experts said.
What is the normal size of a man’s penis?
Different studies show varying estimations on the size of men’s penis.
The consensus is that the mean human penis is approximately 12.9–15 cm or 5.1–5.9 inches in length. This length is with a 95% confidence interval of 10.7 cm, 19.1 cm (or, equivalently, 4.23 in, 7.53 in).
The typical girth or circumference of human penis is approximately 12.3 cm (4.85 inches) when fully erect.
The mean penis size is slightly greater than the median size.
Some experts even say that any penis longer than 17 cm (& 19cm in some cases) are considered abnormal.
But they say that Indian men need not be concerned about the size of the penis because it is not size that matters. If the rising number of Indian population is any indication, the men India can contend that they are pretty good at the job.