Condom Questions -
Answers to Condom
Using condoms in the water - shower, pool, hot
Can you use a condom in the shower, pool, or hot tub? [back to top]
Yes, you can use a condom to have sex in the shower or pool.
Please note however water can wash off the lubricant on a condom; putting a
condom on while wet may be very difficult; getting water in the condom may
increase the chance of the condom slipping off. The water from a shower, hot
tub, or pool should not weaken the condom while in use. To our knowledge, no
studies have been conducted to quantify the changes of effectiveness when using
a condom in the water.
Does water damage a condom?[back to top]
No, water by itself does not damage latex condoms
What size condom do I need?[back to top]
Condoms come in various shapes and sizes. For fitting
purposes we can classify condoms into 3 buckets: small condoms, standard
condoms, and large condoms.
According to various studies, the average erect penis length is about 6 inches.
Anywhere from 5 inches to 7 inches is a common erect penis length. The average
girth (circumference) of an erect penis is about 4.5 inches. Anywhere from 4
inches to 5 inches is a common girth for an erect penis.
The measurements below should help you determine what condom size to use.
Small condoms – under 5 inches long, or under 4 inches girth
Standard condoms – between 5-7 inches long, or 4-5 inches girth
Large condoms – over 7 inches long, or over 5 inches girth
For complete information visit our Condom Size page.
My boyfriend is too big, he complains of the condom being too
tight, what do you recommend?[back to top]
It sometimes takes some trial and error before finding the
right condom. Some people prefer a loose fit around the head of the penis,
while others prefer the ring base width of the condom to be more relaxed. If
your boyfriend is concerned about the tightness at the head of the penis, he
should look for a condom that is “convex shaped” meaning it is wider at the top
and more narrow at the base.
If his concern is the ring of the condom being too tight, he should look for a
condom that is thin and not too long. Unrolling the condom completely will
allow the ring to stretch more and reduce the pinch at the base of his
For more information on condom sizes, visit our condom size information page.
Are Kimono condoms a little on the smaller size as compared to the
average American condom?[back
Kimono condoms are made to fit the average American penis
size and are comparable in size to those of other US condom manufacturers.
Please note Kimono condoms come in various shapes, some shapes may feel more
snug than others. For a comparison of various condom sizes see our condom size chart.
The ring of a condom is too tight and leaves a mark on the base of
my penis, what can I do?[back
To maximize the condoms rings width, you should unroll the
condom completely. The ring will be wider and feel more flexible. If a condom
is too long to unroll completely, it may be helpful to leave extra room at the
head of the condom. However, as with any condom, you should make sure there is
no air trapped in the condom.
What is the average width of a condom?[back to top]
There is a range of condom widths in the US market. View a
comparison of condom sizes.
Can I wear two condoms at the same time for extra
There are no studies to indicate that using two condoms
provides extra protection.
How effective are condoms against
When used correctly all the time and every time you have sex
condoms are said to be 98% effective in preventing pregnancy. When not used
correctly all time and every time you have sex condoms are said to be 85%
effective at preventing pregnancy. Visit our condom effectiveness page
for more information.
Are thin condoms just as effective as regular thickness
condoms?[back to top]
Yes, thin latex condoms offer the same protection against
pregnancy and STI/STDs as other condoms. Known for their sheer thinness, Kimono
condoms must pass a series of tests for strength and reliability. Kimono
condoms not only meet, but exceed all US and International Standards for
strength and reliability. Complete factory testing, independent laboratory
analysis, and regular FDA inspections form a comprehensive Quality Assurance
Program designed to assure maximum protection and product quality. Learn more about Japanese
Lubricant on condoms
During sex my condom gets very dry. I have to reapply lubricant
over and over again. Is this normal?[back to top]
Kimono condoms contain silicon lubricant that is paraben
& glycerin free! Except for one style, MicroThin Plus Aqualube which
contains Aqualube water based personal lubricant. While nearly all condoms are
pre lubricated, it is normal for people to apply additional lubricant on a
condom. While this is more of a personal preference, there are many factors
that may increase the need for lubricant. Heat and friction will cause
lubricant to dissipate or get absorbed into the skin. If you find that you are
applying lubricant frequently and it is interrupting your sexual experience, it
may be helpful to try a new lubricant. Remember, only water-based and silicone
lubricants are safe with natural latex condoms. Try silky smooth Aqua Lube water based lubricant with your
What brands of lubricant can I use with
condoms?[back to top]
There are many brands of lubricants available. The question
should really be--which TYPE? Only water based and silicone lubricants should
be used with natural latex condoms. Other lubricants such as Vaseline, massage
oil, or lotion cause natural latex condoms to deteriorate quickly and put you
at risk for condom breakage. Water-based lubricants are popular because they
feel very natural and light and can be easier to wash off. Lubricants reduce
friction and stress on a condom which may decrease the chance of breakage.
Can I put lubricant inside the condom?[back to top]
It is OK to add lubricant inside the condom. Some men say
adding lubricant inside the condom makes it more pleasurable. You should be
careful not to add too much lubricant inside the condom which may cause the
condom to slip off during sex.
Storing your condoms - in the car, in your
If I leave condoms in my car on a hot day will they still be
Condoms should be stored at room temperature. If the condom
has been exposed to a temperature above 100 degrees Fahrenheit it should be
Can I keep a condom in my wallet or will that damage the
condom?[back to top]
There are no studies that indicate keeping a condom in your
wallet will damage the condom. However condoms should be kept at room
temperature and in a dry place. Exposing condoms to high temperatures including
body temperature, will deteriorate the condom. Condoms are sealed in their
wrapper; if the condom wrapper is pierced or ripped the condom should be
Condom expiration dates
How long do condoms last before they
expire?[back to top]
Each condom manufacturer must determine the shelf life for
their condoms. Kimono condoms have a shelf life of 5 years from the date of
manufacture. Some condom such as spermicidally lubricated condoms may have a
shorter shelf life.
Can I use a condom if it has expired?[back to top]
You should always use unexpired condoms, however using an
expired condom better than no condom at all.
If a condom expires in 05/2014, when was it
made?[back to top]
Each manufacturer determines the shelf life of their condoms
and must support this with evidence reviewed by the FDA. Kimono condoms have a
5 year life. If the expiration date is 05/2014, simply subtract 5 years and you
will have the approximate date and month of manufacture (i.e. 05/2009). Other
manufacturers may have a different code for expressing when a condom was
Can you tell when a condom was sold or bought based on the LOT
number or expiration date?[back to top]
We are unable to determine when a specific condom was
purchased. Kimono condoms have a 5 year shelf life, so we can approximate the
time they made their way into the market by subtracting 5 from the expiration
Condom ingredients - allergic reactions,
Why are condoms made of different materials? Are some better than
others?[back to top]
Most condoms are made of natural latex; however because of
latex allergies, alternative materials are also used to make condoms including
polyurethane and polyisoprene. All condoms must pass a series of safety tests
before they can be sold in the US.
My girlfriend is allergic to latex. Are there condoms that are
latex free?[back to
There are some people (less than 1% of the general
population) that are allergic to natural latex. Yes, there are condoms made of
other materials such as polyisoprene, polyurethane, and animal skin. These
condoms are commonly referred to as “non-latex condoms”. Please note animal
skin condoms do not offer STI/disease protection.
Are Kimono Condoms Vegan friendly?[back to top]
Yes Kimono condoms are Vegan friendly - no animal or milk
Do Kimono condoms contain the spermicide
Nonoxynol-9? [back to
No, Kimono condoms do not contain any form of spermicide. In
October 2002 Kimono was the first brand of condoms to remove nonoxynol 9 from
condoms. Kimono voluntarily destroyed over 1,000,000 spermicidally lubricated
condoms after studies suggested nonoxynol 9 on condoms may increase the risk of
HIV transmission among people who are at higher risk for the disease. Nonoxynol
9, as used in several OTC vaginal contraceptives remains an important safe,
effective, non hormonal birth control option for monogamous couples who are not
at risk for HIV/AIDS.