Author – CJ Edwards
Everyone knows that wearing a condom is one of the most effective ways to prevent unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections. However, it’s what you don’t know about putting on a condom that can change your life.
When used properly, condoms have a very low failure rate. Unfortunately, most of these best-case scenarios were achieved in lab settings. In the real world, people make all kinds of mistakes that can lead to condom failure. When comes to wearing a rubber the right way, it’s what you don’t know that can really hurt you. (For some background reading, check out The Ultimate Guide to Safer Sex.)
What You Don’t Know
First, let’s address the misconceptions about condoms – and there are many – that can get in the way of using them consistently. After all, the first step to using a condom properly is to actually put it on before having sex.
Misconception: A man loses all sensation when he puts on a condom.
This is one of the most common excuses that men use when they don’t want to wear a condom. Many women believe this line – and end up regretting it later. A study released in January of 2013 finally put this common myth to rest: condoms do not decrease sexual satisfaction for men or their female partners. So there, it’s official. Some condoms even have pleasure enhancers. So, rubber up already!
Misconception: Putting on a condom kills “the mood”.
If you’re in a desperate hurry to get down and dirty, a condom can feel like a burden, and fiddling with a plastic package can feel less than romantic. But you know what’s a real libido-buster? Try an STD. Or an unwanted pregnancy. Plus, whether a condom kills the mood is really up to you. Make a condom part of foreplay by sensually rolling it on. (Use your imagination here, ladies!)