With Or Without Condoms – Sex Is Still Pleasurable

But… Sex just doesn’t feel good with a condom!

Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to the phrase that may or may not be responsible for countless pregnancies, the spreading of numerous STIs, and endless hours of regret.

OK. OK! So I may have exaggerated a bit on the repercussions of not wearing a condom. Yet whether you’re male or female, most likely you’ve heard (or have even been the one arguing) this point of view before.

So what’s the deal with this so called anti-condom movement going on in between the sheets? Is there an actual difference in the sensation and pleasure experienced when you’re baring it all? Or is it just the mere thought of his on her contact that intensifies the experience?

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Well according to a study conducted by researchers from the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University (including our own Dr. Debby Herbenick) - a recent study shows that condoms do not seem to detract from sexual pleasure.

The national study (which was presented during ‘Sexploration Week’ at IU) focused on the condom-use behaviors and sexual exerpierences of thousands of men and women ranging in age from 14 to 94. The results showed that participants (both male and female) tended to rate condom-protected sexual experiences as equally, and sometimes more, pleasurable and arousing as sex acts without a condom.

Now clearly just because MSP is presenting you with these new statistics doesn’t mean we’re expecting anyone to change their personal opinion on what feels best while having sex. If you like rocking condoms during sex – that’s great; if you prefer going without – that’s great too.

But my main issue with the “Sex just doesn’t feel good with a condom!” argument is – some people (more specifically younger women) may feel pressured by the remark, thus opting to go through with sex without protection (and no, pulling out it NOT an effective method of protection, especially when it comes to STI risk).

If you’re not thrilled with the way condoms feel during sex, try a non-rubber route such as the shot, the patch, the ring, or a classic oral contraceptive. In fact we have an entire post about alternative methods of protection – so before you get under the sheets, get in the know. You might also want to sample different condom styles to find one that fits you or your partner well. Adding water-based lubricant to the outside of a condom can enhance the way it feels as well. Plus, the relaxation and confidence one gets from using a condom during sex just can’t be beat.

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About Madeline Haller

Madeline Haller

Madeline Haller is an Assistant Editor for MensHealth.com. Haller received her bachelor's degree in journalism from Indiana University, with a second concentration in gender studies. When she's not writing for MSP/MH, you can find her running, enjoying a cup of coffee, or searching for the perfect shade of red lipstick.