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Condoms reduce fun, not any more!

By Sarah Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 11:54
Sex and condoms are two sides of the same coin. They both give us pleasure. If that’s not the case for you, science is here to help.

What makes sex pleasurable?

There’s no doubt about it: pleasure is one of the main reasons we have sex. And if you’ve ever wondered what you can do to increase your pleasure during protected sex with a condom, you’re not alone.

In fact, that’s the very question a team of researchers from the U.S. had. They wondered how things like the type of relationship a guy’s in, the amount of time sex lasts, how hard his erection is, foreplay, and condom fit can make sex more pleasurable.

To answer their question, they tracked down almost 2000 guys of all ages. The guys filled in daily diary entries for one month, sharing juicy details about their sex lives.

The news was good: many factors can up pleasure while ensuring a guy and his partner are protected, the researchers learned.

Pleasure boosters unveiled

The biggest pleasure booster? When a partner stimulates her guy’s genitals, outside of intercourse itself, either using her hands or her mouth. That and ejaculating (which is a bit of a no-brainer).

But it’s not only being on the receiving end that ups pleasure during sex with a condom. When a guy gives his partner oral sex, he’ll also enjoy intercourse more.

Past research has shown that the wider the range of things partners do in bed together, the more likely they are to orgasm – and, presumably, feel more pleasure.

Longer sex and more intense sex are also important when it comes to enjoying intercourse with a condom, the guys revealed in their diaries. Same goes for having a harder erection.

The best fit

The final factor is, not surprisingly, the condom itself. The more comfortable the fit, the more pleasurable the sex, simple as that. So what’s the take-home message of this research?

If you’re worried about pleasure during protected sex, play around - both before and during intercourse. That and try out condoms in different sizes and materials to see what feels and fits best. 

Reference: Sexual Pleasure During Condom-Protected Vaginal Sex Among Heterosexual Men. Journal of Sexual Medicine. Published 2012. 

*To protect the identity, names have been changed and the person/s in the picture is/are models.

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