How Many Condoms Can You Wear at Once?

The Experiment
Some of you may have heard of the practice of “double bagging” – wearing two condoms during sex for extra protection (something not recommended by most condom manufacturers) . Taking this idea to its ultimate extreme, we set out to answer the question “How many condoms can you put on your dick?” However, since we were unable to find anyone with a penis willing to undertake this assignment, we had to settle for answering the question “How many condoms can you put on a dildo?” The answer: a lot. Hundreds. Tons. Or at least a couple of pounds worth. See what happened as we layered on the latex.

The Process
We began our experiment with a bare dildo and a box of bulk condoms. The condoms were Durex “Natural Feeling” unlubricated condoms, regular size and thickness. The dildo used was a rubber Doc Johnson realistic dildo with suction-cup base, which is 7 ½” in length from the base to the tip.

The first 100 or so condoms went on quite easily, and added about two inches of length to the dildo. When unrolling the condoms onto the dildo, we made every effort to eliminate any air pockets in the condom tip. However, after 200 condoms had been applied, it became obvious that the condoms’ reservoir tips were stacking up, giving the dildo a distinctive, missile-like shape.

Piling Them On
By the time we reached the 300 condom mark, the dildo had become so top heavy it could not stand upright unsupported. Only the suction-cup base kept it from toppling over altogether. As we kept adding condoms, the length of the dildo continued to extend, while its girth at the widest point began to approach the diameter of a soda can.

As we continued to stretch condom after condom onto this monument to safer sex, we were amazed at the durability of each tightly stretched rubber, and even more amazed at how hundreds of thin layers of latex added up to more than double the length of the original dildo. Unfortunately, we had to terminate this portion of the experiment when we exhausted our supply of condoms. However, we are one step closer to answering the question “How many condoms can you put on a dildo?” At least 625.

Weighing In
We set about to examine the results of our work in detail. First we measured the length of the finished specimen, which now measured 17” from base to tip. The condoms added 9 ½” of length, more than doubling the dildo’s original length, and representing an increase of more than 125%. Measuring around the thickest part of the condom-wrapped dildo, we found the girth was now 10 ¾”, an increase of 5 ½” over the original circumference of 5 ¼”. Again this represents an increase of over 100%.

The condoms also added an impressive amount of weight to the dildo. Pre-condoms, the bare dildo weighed in at just over 1 pound -- about 1 lb, ½ oz. In contrast, the condom-covered dildo weighed in at a hefty 3 lbs, 5 oz. The condoms added a full 2 ¼ lbs.

Taking It Apart
Curious about what the layers of condoms would look like on the inside, we undertook the task of dissecting our work. First we cut into the tip of the condoms vertically with a utility knife. As the blade punctured the surface, the outer layers quickly peeled back. Plunging the knife in further, we found that the many layers of condoms somewhat resembled an artichoke heart, and were very densely compressed toward the center, becoming more difficult to cut into as we proceeded.

With its pointed top laid open, the pale and rubbery latex-encased dildo was beginning to resemble a giant squid being filleted. We took to it with a hack saw next, to examine a cross-section. The rubber proved to be quite solid and offered a fair amount of resistance as we sawed through it. We began sawing at the thickest section of the condom layers, at a spot that we estimated to be above the tip of the dildo. However, upon dissecting further into the layers, we did in fact come into contact with the head of the dildo, which we subsequently sawed through. We hypothesize that the external pressure exerted on the dildo by the condoms was sufficient to squeeze the dildo laterally and deform it, making it longer and skinnier.

The cross section reveals the dildo encased within the solid layers of hundreds of condoms. The thickness of the condoms around the dildo was approximately 1 1/8”. The total diameter of the dildo plus its condom encasement measured about 3 ½” total. It should be noted that without the condoms on it, the dildo has a diameter of 1 ½”. However, when encased in the condoms, it the diameter of the dildo itself appeared closer to 1 ¼”. Again, we hypothesize that the extreme pressure exerted inward on the dildo by the condoms caused the dildo to compress and actually changed its shape and length.

Our Conclusions
Based on our experiment and our findings, we were impressed with the durability and tensile strength of the latex condoms used. Given that the dildo reached a circumference of 10 ¾”, and that the condoms were still able to accommodate that girth as well as over half of the length once the dildo had grown to 17”, we are lead to question the necessity of “extra large” condom brands. However, we acknowledge that use of larger condoms may be a matter of individual preference and comfort.

Our observations show that, when applied in large quantities, latex condoms which individually appear thin, insubstantial and practically weightless, can accrue into a solid mass that is dense, heavy, and thick. Although merely a fraction of a millimeter in thickness, when layered in sufficient quantity, condoms can form a solid barrier over an inch thick, and substantially alter and enlarge the size of an object, in this case, a dildo. However, given the amount of time, effort, and financial cost involved in employing hundreds of condoms, if you want a huge dildo, we suggest you just buy a larger one rather than using hundreds of condoms to make your average-size dildo bigger.

Finally, and most importantly, based on our findings, we must issue a strong warning against any attempt to duplicate this experiment using an actual penis belonging to a living male subject. The results of our experiment indicate that putting a large number of condoms on an actual male sex organ would most likely result in severe penile injury. First, the pressure exerted by the condoms would result in constriction of circulation in the penis and probable tissue damage. Second, if left unsupported, the weight of the condoms would pull the penis and scrotum downward and could possibly result in injury to the penile shaft or base of the organ and groin. Again, we repeat, do not attempt this experiment with an actual penis -- severe injury may result.

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