We’ve all heard it before – sex with condoms isn’t as good as sex without condoms.
However, a new study by ASHA board member Dr. Debby Herbenick and other researchers from Indiana University’s Center for Sexual Health Promotion shows that condoms’ bad rap might be unwarranted. In general, there wasn’t much difference in arousal, ease of erection, overall pleasure, and the most important part - orgasm - between those who put it on before they got it on and those who didn’t.
That’s not to say that there wasn’t any difference. Men who went bareback and lube-free had a much better time than men who used condoms without lubricant. The fix?
Just add lube.
Men who used condoms and lube experienced about the same level of pleasure as men who went without, especially if they added a small amount of lubricant in the tip of the condom before putting it on. And guess what? Lubricant also helps prevent breakage. Score another one for (water-based) lube!
Look, I’m not going to lie to you. There are (slight) disadvantages to condoms: less spontaneity might take some of the excitement out of sex. But that’s a worthwhile sacrifice for protection from unplanned pregnancy and STI’s, which can lead to a lifetime of problems.
Now that we have some proof that wrapping it up doesn’t make much difference for pleasure-seekers, let’s get that outdated way of thinking out of our heads and fully commit to correct condom usage. Visit the condom section of ASHA’s website for tips on how to get the perfect fit, how to put it on, and the dos and don’ts of condom use.
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