French scale, also known as French catheter size or French gauge system is a measuring system for urethral devices. Sometimes, the sizes of urethral toys such as penis plugs, urethral sounds or catheters are given in French scale (Fr).
This is why it is important to understand this measuring unit and to know how these sizes correspond to millimeters and inches.
French Scale Explained
French scale is not the most popular measuring system but those who want to deal with urethral toys will encounter it often. Since the diameter and thickness of urethral toys are very important for making a perfect fit, it is vital to be familiar with the French scale and to know how these units correspond with millimeters and inches.
The French scale, abbreviated as Fr, is three times the diameter of the urethral toy in millimeters. It means that you can convert any diameter size in millimeters into Fr by simply multiplying this size by 3. Similarly, you can convert a size in French scale into millimeters by dividing this size by 3.
The French size measures the external diameter of the urethral instrument such as a catheter or a urethral toy. This system was devised by Joseph-Frédéric-Benoît Charrière, a 19th century French maker of various surgical instruments.
Unlike typical gauge sizes, where the larger size has the smaller number, larger French sizes correspond to larger instruments. For example, 12 gauge is smaller than 8 gauge, but 12 Fr is larger than 8 Fr.
Using French Scale
As you can see, the French scale has a connection to the metric system but the metric and French scale are not equivalents. It means that any size in Fr will not be the same in number as the size in millimeters or inches.
This is why it is so important to pay attention to the measuring units when you want to purchase urethral toys. Do not assume that the measurement is in millimeters or in inches. Sometimes, the manufacturer will simply state that the size is, say, “10 French”. It doesn’t mean that the size is 10 millimeters. You need to use a conversion chart to see the size in millimeters.
Keep in mind that the French scale (Fr) can go for all types of urethral instruments and devices. Urethral toys, catheters or any other type of a device that gets indie of the urethra can use French scale.
Converting French Scale
It is generally not too difficult to convert a French scale into millimeters and inches, but it does require some knowledge of mathematics to do so. This is why many people use handy conversion charts or conversion tools. Also, many people know all of the three main scales (millimeters, inches and Fr) for the most common urethral sizes they use. Whatever you do, it is important to be able to convert a urethral toy size given in any scale so you know what kind of a toy you are dealing with.
Here is a quick conversion chart for some of the common French sizes:
|French Scale (Fr)||Diameter in mm||Diameter in inches|
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