Do Condoms Make Sex Less Enjoyable?
Many men protest the use of condoms during sex. Women are often told by their partners that sex just doesn’t feel as good when they are using a condom, or that it is unfair to make them wrap it up. This male attitude may cause women to feel pressured to not use a condom, which opens the relationship up to unwanted pregnancies and even Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s). However, the fact of the matter is, condoms are a vital component of a man’s penis health and are meant to protect the man just as much as the women. So in most cases, men and women should abide by the rule No Glove, No Love.
Yes, condoms can reduce sensitivity, which for most men may seem like a bummer. However, looking at it from the other side -- condoms reduce sensitivity -- which can actually help a man engage in longer, more vigorous sex, so there is an upside to the situation. Condoms may reduce the occurrence of premature ejaculation in some men. Additionally, there are condoms on the market boasting increased sensitivity while still maintaining durability, so men should experiment until they find a condom that has a more enjoyable feel for them and their partner.
The bottom line is that men who are having sex – especially with multiple partners – need to wear a condom. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates around 50% of the U.S. population will contract an STI in their lifetime. The annual incident rate of infection continues to go up each year, meaning the risk of unprotected sex is simply too high. Not so fast, older gentleman; STI’s are a problem for men of all ages, not merely an issue for men in their late teens and 20’s. No man is immune from STI’s, regardless of his age. In fact, new infections commonly occur in men over 50.
Condoms are integral in protecting one against unwanted or unplanned pregnancies. Don’t believe every old wives tale being floated around; some of the more creative birth control methods (read: the pull-out method), are not effective at preventing pregnancy. Even if one’s partner is on oral contraception, or the pill, there are plenty of babies being born each year to prove that there is only a 99% success rate, if even if used perfectly.
Another way to frame condom use in a positive light is that both parties find it easier to relax and enjoy the experience. Many individuals report worrying during sex about unwanted pregnancies and the risk of infection -- and those are not very sexy thoughts to be having. A condom may make it easier to put those fears to rest and concentrate on the activity at hand.
Is it Ever Okay to go Au Natural?
Yes. There are times when condoms can go by the wayside, but only if certain conditions are met. First, both partners have to be 100% monogamous – meaning neither is getting action on the side. Both partners should have been tested recently for all STI’s, including HIV/AIDS, and have a clean bill of health. Even if both partners are showing no signs of infection, get tested! One or both parties could be carrying an infection, but simply be asymptomatic; these individuals can still pass on infection without having symptoms present.
Keep the Penis Healthy
Condoms are just one way for men to keep the penis healthy. Engaging in cardiovascular activity, eating right and not smoking all keep the body’s circulatory system healthy, and that is key to an active sex life. Adding a penis vitamin lotion to the daily grooming routine (most professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil) can also keep the skin of the penis healthy. As an added bonus, a formula including Acetyl L Carnitine may also increase penis sensitivity, helping to counter problems associated with condom use.
For additional information on most common penis health issues, tips on improving penis sensitivity, and what to do to maintain a healthy penis, visit: http://www.penishealth101.com. John Dugan is a professional writer who specializes in men’s health issues and is an ongoing contributing writer to numerous online web sites.
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