The debate over the effectiveness of condoms has been an ongoing issue for some time. There are a lot of misconceptions floating around that need to be addressed. Here are 3 myths about condoms that you should know:
There are some good benefits to condoms like being an effective and affordable way of preventing pregnancy. They also prevent STI transmission. However, in spite of these benefits they are still getting a bad rap. You hear all kinds of reasons not to use them, and they're all erroneous. They say "They break every time" or "Not my style" or "my little buddy can't breathe". There is every excuse in the book to avoid using them.
Sadly, most of the most common excuses simply aren't true. Let's have a look at 3 of them and see if we can debunk them using science, logic, and good common sense. We hope to get people back to practicing safe sex in not time.
They Cause Erectile Dysfunction
The first myth is that condoms can cause erectile dysfunction. WRONG! There is a misconception that the mere act of ripping one open and stretching it on will cause your penis to only stand at half-mast. However, there have been studies done recently by a group of 7 researchers, who found that there is absolutely no association between condom use and erectile dysfunction.
A survey of nearly 500 heterosexual men between age 18 and 24 revealed the following -
Those who reported they had erection issues while using condoms were likely to report having those same or very similar issues when NOT wearing condoms. These finding led the researchers to conclude that condoms were not the common denominator. That means that lackluster erections are more closely associated with performance anxiety or some other forms of mental and emotional blocks, as opposed to rubbers and the process of ripping them open and putting them on killing the mood.
I Can't Feel Anything
It's really not so far-fetched to believe that placing a barrier between the skin of two people affects sensation. However, there are a lot of studies that may contradict that. There is a really good chance that your pleasure level during condom-protected sex is due to your mind-set more than any physical blocks.
Data that was collected at the 'University School of Medicine & Center for Sexual Health Promotion' by researchers, regarding around 1,875 men (all presumed to be heterosexual), showed a very interesting correlation between pleasure and sensation levels and several additional factors that had absolutely noting to do with wearing a condom.
The men who reported they had more pleasure when they wore a condom were mostly older and their sexual intercourse encounters lasted for longer periods of time. They also reported having a positive mental opinion regarding their erections and felt like the condom fit them comfortably.
What these finding suggest is that wearing a condom, in and of itself, is not the only reason why sexual sensation may be affected in a negative way. So before tossing the condom out, men should take a little inventory to see what really is at the core of their problem.
If you are still not convinced, then strap on a vibrating ring or some other sexual aid and you'll see - there is absolutely no way you are not going to feel it through your condom.
They Don't Fit Me
Another common complain is about the 'fit' of the condoms being used. They also claim they are too uncomfortable, too loose, too tight, they fall off, and the list goes on. These are actually all legitimate complaints. However, the problem is not the shape or size of your penis - it's the brand of condom you're buying!
Shopping for condoms is as involved as shopping for new blue jeans. Each brand comes with its own style and fit and there's no such thing as the 'One Size Fits All' or universal fit. It can be frustrating but some trial and error may be involved in finding the ultimate condom for your own personal use.
Of course condoms are sized in terms of length, but they also take diameter into consideration. Their base (which is what basically keeps your condom in place) needs to be the right diameter. If that part is not fitting your girth properly, then it makes no difference how perfectly good the rest of the fit feels. Every little millimeter matters. We recommend that you purchase a small box from a few various brands and try them out, much like your would jeans from a clothing store.
You can find single condoms being sold at some stores, while others sell the variety packs. The variety packs can be your best bet for experimenting to find the right fit. We assure you it will be well worth your time to locate a condom that is right for you. It makes your safe sex much easier and makes it feel better too!
If you already wear condoms and have accepted this as a responsible part of sexual activity - swing by! We have flavored condoms, fun condoms - we've got you covered no pun intented....