They come in every color of the rainbow. They are made of latex, linen, polyurethane,animal intestines, and other materials – natural or synthetic. Their purpose - to prevent pregnancy, sexually-transmitted diseases, or both.
Men have compared their use to something like “taking a shower with a raincoat on.” But a just released study says "au contraire."
According to U.S. News, Jan. 23, the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University studied the use of prophylactics among couples, both straight and gay, and concluded that using a condom is just as pleasurable as not.
The study, published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, found that in “a nationally representative sample of men and women aged 18 to 59, ratings of sex were high, with few differences based on condom or lubricant use.”
Condoms can be dated back to the 17th century, according to A Social History of Medicine: Health, Healing and Disease in England, 1750-1950 by Joan Lane, and were only available to the elite and for the protection of sexually-transmitted diseases.
Lord Hervey called them “preservatives from Claps and impediments to procreation.”
The primary complaint was, and still is, that condoms decrease penile sensitivity; even some women complain of a loss of sensation, hence pleasure.
This is evidenced as far back as 1767 when one Englishman wrote, “I picked up a fresh agreeable girl called Alice Gibbs. We went down a lane to a snug place, and I took out my armor, but she begged that I might not put it on, as the sport was much pleasanter without it.”
But Dr. Jill Rabin says nonsense !
The chief of ambulatory care, obstetrics and gynecology, at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, N.Y thinks most men like condoms it is simply a myth that men do not.
Dr. Rabin who was not involved in the study told U.S. News, "Lots and lots of men like them. The women who don't like them feel it decreases sensation and sensitivity."
The study was reportedly in response to the growing concern that both men and women have become lax in the practice of safe sex.
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