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Sex With A Condom Doesn’t Actually Suck, Study Shows

Researchers want to make condom use attractive to lessen the spread of STDs and STIs

If you happen to be in Argentina sometime this year, grab one (or a few) of the 82 million free condoms the country is planning to hand out and give this a read. Turns out, research shows that sex is pleasurable, even with a condom. Go figure.

Turns out, condom and lubricant-free sex has gotten a bad rap, but this new study shows that people still enjoy sex without or without condoms or lubricants. Published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, the study reveals that men and women rated sex as “highly arousing and pleasurable” whether or not condoms and/or lubricants were used. The study, led by Debby Herbenick, PhD, MPH and Michael Reece, PhD, MPH, of the School of Public Health-Bloomington, Indiana University, reviewed a nationally representative study of American men and women ages 18-59. They assessed the relationship between condom and lubricant use and ratings of the quality of their sexual experiences.

Results showed that men and women consistently rate sex as highly arousing and pleasurable with “few differences based on condom or lubricant use.” More than twice as many women were unsure whether the condom was even lubricated, or what material it was made of.

“This may be because men are more likely than women to purchase condoms and to apply condoms,” said Dr. Herbenick. “However, it’s important for more women to become familiar with the condoms they use with their partner so that they can make choices that enhance the safety and pleasure of their sexual experiences.”

While it may seem pointless to perform a study that tells us that sex feels good, Herbenick says that, with the increasing spread of STDs in the US, educating people on condom use is extremely important. And, as the researcher suggests, familiarizing people with condoms by addressing stigmas connected with them –i.e., sex isn’t as good with a condom — can significantly decrease the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and illnesses.

“Understanding current condom use offers health care providers an opportunity to educate those people uncomfortable with condoms but for whom lack of use may lead to significant sexually transmitted infection health risk.”

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