Don’t Rush to Put on a Condom

June 4th, 2015

Lots of times, when things are getting hot and heavy we scramble to get the condom and put it on. We are caught up in the heat of the moment. Butrushing like that also increases the chances of something going wrong. According to one study it also increases the risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). That’s due to the condom being put on wrong causing a rip, tear or even slippage. 60% of women reported one of these problems due to a rush to get the condom on. Those couples who moved too quickly were also less likely to use a condom the entire time. Dr. Lydia Shrier was the lead researcher in this study. She hails from both Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Shrier told Reuters that couples should take their time and not rush through the process. If you don’t use a condom the right way, you open yourself up to the possibility of pregnancy or contracting an STI she said, and infections are on the rise.

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This study examined the data of 512 men and women in five cities who had visited health clinics known for treating STIs. Ages of participants ranged from 15 to 65. These participants recorded their sexual habits in a diary for 180 days. In total, this led to 8,856 recorded instances of heterosexual intercourse. Each one included the use of a condom. 5% of the time participants encountered a slip, rip or tear. But this occurred only 2-3% of the time when partners didn’t rush. Furthermore 14% of those who weren’t rushed used a condom the entire time. 23% of those in a hurry did so. Certainly, no one is saying that the intensity or velocity of hot sex should be tempered. But when the time comes to put on the condom, it pays to take a little pause. Why not make it part of foreplay? There are all kinds of erotic ways one can put it on. You can even have it placed on by your partner. Gaze into each other’s eyes, show yourself off or ask your partner to. You can even engage in a little pillow talk, letting them know what you are going to do as soon as you get the condom on. So you can slow down to put on a condom and let the mood continue at the same time. This way you are both protected as well as turned on.

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