Extra Small Condoms for Teen Boys

In a move against teen pregnancy extra small condoms for boys as young as 12 are going on sale in Switzerland. Called the Hotshot, the condom has been produced after government research showed 12 to 14-year-olds did not use sufficient protection when having sex. The study, conducted on behalf of the Federal Commission for Children and Youth, interviewed 1,480 people aged 10 to 20. It showed more 12 to 14-year-olds were having sex, in comparison with the 1990s.

The Hotshot condoms, which cost ca. € 5,20 for a packet of six, have been created by Lamprecht AG, a leading condom manufacturer in Switzerland. The company has said the UK would be “top priority” if they expanded abroad, considering that it has the highest teen pregnancy rate in Europe.

Ad from an American campaign against teen pregnancy
Ad from an American campaign against teen pregnancy

A standard condom has a diameter of 5,2 cm in comparison with the Hotshot’s diameter of 4,5 cm. Both are the same length – 19 cm. According to a German study of 13 to 20-year-olds, a quarter said a standard condom was too large.

Family planning groups and the Swiss Aids Federation campaigned to have the Hotshot produced after a number of studies, including the government study researched at the Centre for Development and Personality Psychology at Basel University. Nancy Bodmer, who headed the research, said: “The result that shocked us concerned young boys who display apparently risky behaviour. They have more of a tendency not to protect themselves. They do not have a very developed sexual knowledge. They do not understand the consequences of what they are doing and leave the young girls to take care of the consequences. “The results of this study suggest that early prevention makes sense.”

The age of consent in Switzerland is 16, although if the age difference is not more than three years there will be no punishment. Other concessions exist if the older person is not more than 20 or believed the younger person to be at least 16. Source: Telegraph.co.uk


46 thoughts on “Extra Small Condoms for Teen Boys”

  1. lol i waish i lived in Switzerland its sounds good and extra good for gays lol and yh that expression on his face is well make ur own name up for it
    and besides his well face prgnincy lump hes hot

  2. lol, small condoms just sound so cute :)

    idk bout anyone else, but ive always kinda had a fetish for small ones ^^

    — i wonder how many 12-14 year olds are honest on those surveys, i know i lied when they used to have us take them

    1. Cute indeed! And available now at a novelty shop near you. I’d say these would be ideal for the under-9s market? I simply had to have some…

  3. Hopefully they’re not labelled as “Extra Small Condoms” on the box.

    Can’t say I’ve ever gone and bought condoms, but I’d imagine it’d be even MORE embarrassing to put down a box of Extra Smalls on the counter.

    1. Yeah, I was thinking the same, teen boys wouldn’t want to buy something that says “I have a small dick” even ‘tho everyone knows they’re still growing :/

    2. Rubik, what’s MORE embarrasing to have a small penis or get STD for the rest of your LIFE?
      BE Smart and use condoms ANYTIME,ANYWHERE WITH ANY BODY & have FUN.

      1. No I know, but it isn’t as easy as that for most kids. Most would rather skip the embarrassment of going to the store and buying Extra Small-labelled condoms and take the risk.

    3. Indeed. That’s another problem with this idea. I am all for making condoms that young teenagers will be more likely to use if fit truly is a concern, but giving it an embarrassing label and an expensive (to a young teenager at least) price tag is going to see a lot of those condoms collecting dust.

      1. I don’t know for sure, but judging by the article, the label will just say “Hotshots”, and the description of what they actually are will be in much smaller print. Seems reasonable to me.

  4. I was lucky and was already a good fit for adult condoms when I started having sex (at around the age these small condoms are designed for). But I had a couple of friends who hadn’t really grown into condoms yet who risked unprotected sex because condoms were too big for them and would just fall off their penises. I think it’s a good idea. Making them available is not going to make more kids have sex but it will protect more kids that already are having sex. Well done Switzerland.

  5. Great Idea! I wanna buy some for the novelty! I live in the US. Anyone know where I can buy them online?

  6. A little silly really.
    It’s more like another excuse to get closer to young boy’s sexuality, or how a government official can get off …being official.
    We all know condoms would have to come more often than not in truly small sizes. Not 15% smaller.
    We’re talking… sleeping bags for mice.

    They are very ill-informed.

    1. These products are not created by a government official, they’re created by a commercial company.

  7. Silly article. More condoms will not mean less teen pregnancy. It’s all about correct sex ed.
    It’s kind of like saying you’re going to buy more fire trucks in order to reduce the risk of fire. What you need to do is teach people how to make safe fires…

    1. Wanderer, right fitting condoms ARE part of correct sex education, like how to use a condom.

  8. During WW2, the US supplied Stalin’s Red Army with millions of condoms through the lend-lease program – and they were all stamped “MEDIUM.”
    Of COURSE this will encourage kids to have sex. I was a kid when the “pill” came to market and the result was the sexual revolution of the 1960s. DUHHHH.

  9. You know how you stop unprotected sex? Show kids pictures of genital warts. The bad ones.

  10. It seems if they actually want these kiddies to use the condoms they should be a little cheaper. Most of the teens getting pregnant are likely the same teens with the least spending money.

  11. Agreeing with Luso. Just show them horrible nasty pictures of 50-year olds having sex, and tell them that sex is nasty and filthy. They’ll never do it then. After all, sex is unnatural and should be avoided as much as possible.

    In all seriousness, the reason why the UK has the highest teen pregnancy rate is because of its puritan attitude to sex. Sex eduction should be a mandatory subject from kindergarten on. And don’t fall blindly on the word ‘sex'; sexuality is not only about ‘how to put a condom on’ and ‘how to say no’, but about friendships and relationships; how to respect each others feeling and how sex is fun (as long as its safe).

    Talk to 6-year olds about friendships and feelings, and introduce the concept of love. Talk to 8-year olds about differences between boys and girls, what each look like; tell them about masturbation. Talk to 10-year olds about the purposes of sex (enjoyment and procreation), and how that probably all becomes apparent during puberty.

    Very much wishful thinking in Christian Europe…

  12. @IceCold – you just described the sexuality education programme in New Zealand. It all starts when kids are 5 and continues on from there. The catch in the system, of course, is that it’s taught by regular teachers. As such (despite various professional development to avoid it) personal prejudices, values and “morals” influence the teacher’s approach. While training as a teacher, I saw similar issues being “taught” in very different ways – some so conservatively that I intervened. One message, however, that is fairly consistent throughout all state schools is how important condoms are.

    We used to have groups of teen peer sexuality educators that went around schools running sessions on these issues. As a teenager, I was part of one of these teams. Through roleplay and interactive discussions and activities, we raised and confronted a number of issues, from “relationships” to STIs. We were upfront, to the point, and honest about everything. Most of my peers that I’ve spoken to recall some memory of the 6 – 8 sessions spent in such sessions when we were 12 or 13. These had serious impact on the minds of our youth – but as I understand it, the programme has ceased due to the “recession.”

    Teenagers here can visit their doctor for free (on sexual health matters) – and get up to 12 boxes of condoms for $3. Most doctors happily give away 2 or 3 boxes for free on the spot. It’s widely recognised that some (certainly not a majority) teenagers here are sexually active. Those that are get plenty of support if they want it.

    The worrying part is that despite all this, a lot of kids here still don’t have a clue, still have unprotected sex, and still find it scary to see their doctor on sex related issues – including STI checks. We have a new HIV infection, on average, every two days – 70% of which are in men who have sex with men.

    I think these condoms sound great – I just hope they got the marketing and packaging right… Anybody seen them on the shelf? IT’d be great to see these available to teens here – especially through our public health system.

  13. Wow, the pregnant boy ads. I forgot about them. I went to college (university) in the city where they had those ads — Milwaukee, Wisconsin. That was probably about five years ago that I remember seeing them. And yes, they certainly got your attention…

  14. What I find strange is that (if they do) they are going to expand into the UK market next. The UK does not have a teenage birth problem and we deffinativly wont buy them or have the money for them. The UK teenage birth rate in 50% down on the 1970’s, so it is a little late to move here now. This only equates to about 3000 a year anyway so a pointless gimic. Then lets look at the fact that schools are now not susposed to be giving out condoms only the morning after pill. From a legal perspective any adult that believes an under 16 in engaged in any sexual activity is susposed to report it to the police/social services. Why is this becuase sex for under 16 is legally rape. If a 14 has sex with a 13 year old it is that the 14 raped the 13. If two 15’s have sex the boy raped the girl and lets not even go there with two boys have sex because the abuse they would be subjected to would destroy them. And yes the police do enforce it, how do I know this. Anyone remember the case of the 13 year old father who sold his story to the sun. Why where the police investigating it? Trying to prove someone was to blame (they did the parents because a pregent girl is imune to proscution even though she effectivly raped him).

    1. Well I’m not a lawyer, but I wasn’t aware that two 15-year-olds (or two 14-year-olds) having concensual sex constituted statutory rape in the UK.

      1. Yeah strange notion and pretty straight forwardly un enforceable, true. However different forces have very different ways of dealing with things. Some just report it to a social worker (eg jobs worth). Even if they do proscute its just a police caution. They don’t roll out the whole justice system for something so small. The British justice system hardly works let alone needs more problems.
        Can I just ask what did you think it was when they have in law that nobody under the age of 16 can engage in sexual activity.
        If you cast your mind back to them two boys of eleven and ten. They sexually assualted and beat them other two boys of the sames ages half way to death. The sex point was of nothing more than media hype?

        1. I don’t know exactly what you’re asking with regard to that incident, nor how it’s relevant in this.

          For clarity on what I said previously, this is part of a statement from the UK Home Office: “We accept that genuinely mutually agreed, non-exploitative sexual activity between teenagers does take place and in many instances no harm comes from it. We are putting safeguards in place to ensure that these cases, which are not in the public interest, are not prosecuted – by amending guidance to the police and Crown Prosecution Service.”

          Which is a rather silly legal position, however the specific crime of rape does not come into it.

  15. People here are trying to find logic and reason to these issues.
    There is none.
    Our western society has made an obsession of sexuality of children (in case you hadnt noticed), and any, litterally any excuse is good enough to talk of sex and (mostly) little boys. Whether they make sense or not.
    Laws, articles, books, more laws, films, photo, even museum visits: …heard of the ‘petit zizi’ exhibition in Paris? It ran, then ran again. Created by adults the museum was meant for children, about children sexuality, why willies get hard, why hair grows in funny places, with picture galore, etc. …and visits were forbidden for the over 13’s!! Best example yet of what I say.
    Western society simply cannot get enough of child sexuality, and knows it, which is why they find ‘official’ reasons to make a theme.
    They then find scape-goats to blame their unrequited desires onto.

    1. Well, if there is such an obsession in Western society, then this website is clearly part of it. I’m sure Josh is delighted you view his site to be a pillar of Western society.

      I’m not quite sure why you think that Western society has more of a fixation with sexualising, and the sexuality of, under-18’s, any more than, say, Japanese society does in different ways.

      As for museums, straying slightly off topic, I found it interesting that most of the exhibits at the Guggenheim museum, both the internal exhibitions and the permanent external exhibits, seem far better suited to the 8 to 13 age group, which seems to jar a little with the colossal entry price.

      1. Why? because you think there isn’t an obsession with children en sex? That’s bizarre.
        And in your country of all countries, where hardly a day goes by when each newspaper is not filled with stories of child-rape, child-sex laws, child sexuality, child this, child that, ad nauseum.

        Japanese society, by the way, IS western society, just as australian, South Africa, The States, Europe, and all ‘advanced’ societies are. Though Japan is not so hysterical about sex.

        There is a great difference between a site like this one, and the (of course, unhealthy) obsession referred to, as we hope you are aware: one is shrouded in lies, cover-ups, excuses, false crimes, hypocrisy, false science, dishonesty, involved in locking up plenty of good people, etc. but sites like milkboys are open and totally honest about the attraction of youth. Hardly the same.
        In one case it is sinister dishonest obsession, the other more of a hobby, a love, pass-time.

        If you travel, say, to vietnam, or paraguay you’d see what a society NOT obsessed with child sexuality is.

        1. Well, I don’t read daily newspapers, and certainly not the tabloid rubbish that you appear to be referring to. Your viewpoint on Western society seems a little skewed… obsessive, shall we say?

          Interesting that you cite south-east Asia as an area where attitudes to sexuality (and the law) are supposedly so much healthier…. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/8554820.stm

  16. @Ivan – FACT: Underage teens are having sex. We can pretend it’s not happening – we can pretend it’s the fault of men and women with “unrequited desires” – or we can address the issue. Let’s face it – the majority of parents don’t educate their children on these issues. If schools don’t either, who will? The school playground? Last I heard, the word in the playground was that you could get pregnant from holding hands… Shall we leave the sexual health of our children to chance?

    @DainsLite – Well, I’ve learned my something new for today… In trying to out-fact you, I discovered that the UK underage sex legislation is rather strict afterall! (http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts2003/ukpga_20030042_en_2)

    That aside, whether the law permits it or not, it’s happening. I’m not sure where your statistic of “3000 a year” came from – the BBC cite a statistic of over 41000 (That’s the population of Dover!) pregnancies to girls under 18 in 2008. Given that 49% of these resulted in an abortion – I’d suggest that the UK DOES in fact have a teen pregnancy ‘problem’.

    These condoms are expensive, and I agree that this may be a prohibitive factor for teens. Surely though, we should be looking at how teens can get access to these if they need them. Children need to know that these are not taboo issues – that they can, and should be discussed. Maybe then we can begin to make a difference and make even a small dent in the above statistic.

    (We could look at this financially too – a few pounds spent now by the government might save tens of thousands spent on a benefit to raise the child…)

    1. Of course youths have sex, and should have access to contraception. But aside from making fun of their lack of knowledge (a 12yo being just 15% smaller than an adult?! Go check again), and that if they really wanted to curb the situation they would provide FREE cute 4-inch condoms, my comments referred to the posts above, struggling with the illogicality, and inconsistencies of laws, projects etc. when there IS not sense in them, other than a badly articulated need to talk of children and sex, in an officious way.

      The people making small cute-size condoms for little boys to have sex, are the same ones who say that this boy would have his life wrecked and suffer profound trauma if the partner is a few years older. You would be handed almost the same number of years in jail than if you had killed him.
      Better they just leave child sexuality, and promote homosexuality instead! It’s cheaper, and 100% contraceptive.
      I think.

  17. that actually made complete sense. If kids have sex (and they do) give them kid condoms. I wasn’t very large at 12 … couldn’t have propably used a regular condom. Like I said … makes sense.

  18. why did swiss govt. decide to DECREASE size for condoms for 12-14 year old boys i wonder.

    for example, most 12-14 year old sexually active Afghan boys i know have big dicks…well over 6 inch..equal to or bigger than adult size.What point?

  19. its strange but when i look at this picture i get a feeling that if us guys could get pregnant that we really would look just like he does.

  20. What kind of idiot would have sex before marriage anyway. I think anyone who has sex outside of marriage should be sentenced to a fine and prison!

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