We love it when science gives an added boost the benefits of safe sex. A new study by the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University found that condoms, contrary to widespread belief, don’t decrease pleasure during sex.
HealthDay News reports on the research, compiled from responses from the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior:
The study, published Jan. 23 in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, found that in a nationally representative sample of men and women aged 18 to 59, ratings of sex were high, with few differences based on condom or lubricant use. No significant differences were found in men’s ability to have erections with or without condoms or lubricants.
Further, participants couldn’t tell the difference between different types of condoms:
[T]he study found that women were less able to identify what material the condom was made of than men: about 24 percent of women were unsure versus 9 percent of men. This was probably because men typically purchase condoms, said the study authors.
That’s unfortunate, because different lubricants interact with condoms in different ways. Read more about what lube is best with which material in the SheKnows story What You Need to Know About Lubricant.
It’s important to note that the money for this study came from Church & Dwight Co., which makes Trojan condoms, but the study authors stand by their findings.
Still, if studies like these take away the stigma of having safe sex, we’re onboard.
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