This week, The Daily Beast takes on the female condom’s new marketing strategy, which has attempted to combat the prophylactic’s reputation as a noisy, expensive, and awkward option (you heard it here first!). Reporter Joyce C. Tang doesn’t find any regular women—-women who do not work as female condom advocates—-who have actually tried the unconventional condom. But she does point to some customer reviews on Amazon.com, which reveal one potential fan group for the prophylactic: “men with huge penises.”

The female condom is being aggressively marketed as an empowering option for women who want to take charge of their own STD and pregnancy prevention (One Amazon reviewer calls it “the best protectant any women can use without worrying about ‘him’!!!!!!!!”). But on Amazon, the female condom is also being hailed as a quick fix for the man who cannot comfortably wear a condom, for he is too huge. A sampling:

It is an excellent condom for those men with huge penises
These condoms are extremely excellent for those gentlemen with huge penises. Trust me, my better half has trouble finding condoms that fit, they are to tight on him. So we use the reality female condoms because they have a superb fit not tight, not loose, just perfect. Thank You! Rocio

Best condom by far! Much stronger yet far more sensitive. Not damaged by hot car glove compartment temperatures. I’m allergic to latex but not to this. OK for use with oil based lubricants for underwater fun. Does not degrade with age. Can be put in place hours in advance for completely spontaneous love making. Does not strangle a large diameter penis. Whether you are straight, bi, or gay – try it! You will like it!!

So worth the extra money!

My boy is little bigger then average and uncircumcised, so wearing normal condoms didn’t do anything but make his penis flaccid. So when I read reviews about how a female condom may help out I had to try some. Let me tell you THEY WORKED WONDERS! He was able to stay hard for a long time and it felt like there wasn’t a barrier down there at all. Using the female condoms can be awkward at first, but they feel and work so much better then male condoms.

But beware: While the condom neglects to “strangle a large diameter penis,” it is also reportedly uncomfortable for men with penises of a certain length:

Not fit for all…

Female condoms are wonderful and I fully endorse them, HOWEVER: Depending on your partner’s “length”, it is possible for the condom to be pushed up inside the female, rendering it useless.

And, of course, the condom’s superior fit for men with thick penises does not necessarily translate to a comfortable fit in all vaginas (and all anuses):

DO NOT BUY! very uncomfortable for my girlfriend

I wanted to try an alternative to traditional condoms and was hopeful that this product would be a good replacement. However the plastic ring was terribley uncomfortable for my girlfriend and we took it out immediately. I’m going to keep looking for an alternative but I do NOT reccommend these. Learn from my mistakes; save your time, money and an awkward bed conversation.

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