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Do Condoms Really Decrease Pleasure?

April 16, 2017


Do Condoms Really Decrease Pleasure?

Women who use condoms & a hormonal method report the highest sexual satisfaction.

Women’s contraceptive usage is influenced by their own as well as societal sexual acceptability and side-effects. Some studies have found that women do not convey enough power to press for condoms, and when they do those women negotiate for condom use and can be swayed not use a condom by their partner. Further, women who feel that condoms undermined their sexual pleasure are less likely to use them than women who do not feel that condoms have an impact on pleasure.

A study done found that women who used both condoms and a hormonal method reported the highest sexual satisfaction scores. These women were thought to be:
the most sexually satisfied because they felt more fully protected against unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmissible infections.
A Kinsey Survey found that adults who use condoms for penetrative sex reported the same degree of sexual pleasure as those who have sex without condoms. The study also found that those who did seem to have a decrease in sensation while using a condom proved to be less experienced with using condoms. Birth Control - Psych n SexThose who use condoms frequently are confident in usage and tend to experience greater satisfaction with protected sex, whereas those who have reported negative feelings for wearing condoms are people who rarely use them and are uncomfortable with the procedure altogether.
In this study, 45% of men and 63% of women who had most recently had sex with a new partner did not use a condom.

Which opens up the question: why not?

If using a condom really doesn’t decrease pleasure, is it all just mental?
It appears that inexperience with condoms perpetuates more un-use. Quite the paradox, isn’t it?



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