Practicing safe sex is incredibly important, but a recent study showed that not enough people are reaching for a condom before getting busy. In fact, of 25 women between the ages of 18 and 24 who were asked, only two told researchers that they believed using a condom consistently is important.
The cold hard truth, however, is that condoms are the most effective means of preventing STIs and pregnancy.
“A lot of women are using birth control, so they’re less concerned about an unwanted pregnancy," NYC-based sex therapist Michael Aaron, Ph.D. told Women's Health. "But it’s worrisome because you can’t mitigate STIs using the Pill or an IUD.”
So why are so many women foregoing the safety net of a condom? You guessed it. The top reason women gave for passing on that vital step before lovemaking is that sex doesn't feel as good.
Fortunately, there are some fool proof ways to make love with a glove feel great so you can get down without taking any unnecessary risks. Keep reading to find a solution that might work for you!
There's no getting around the fact that condoms feel different from skin-on-skin contact, but that doesn't have to be a negative.
“Condoms feel rubbery and there's more unpleasant resistance than skin-on-skin contact,” Aaron explained. The solution? Add lube.
While many condoms come pre-lubricated, getting extra slippery can make it even better. Those with a silicone-based formula will last longer than those that are water-based, but it can be a matter of preference. As long as you avoid lubes containing oil, which can cause latex to deteriorate, go ahead and get slippery!
Take advantage of the longer lasting ride.
One side effect of using condoms is the lessened intensity for men can make it possible for them to last longer, according to Aaron.
Keep that in mind and opt for positions such as doggy style and side-by-side, which will up the friction and feel great for both of you.
Buy the variety pack.
Condoms come in all different varieties now, from studded to ribbed and everything in between. There are some designed to be extra thin and others that warm and tingle. So before you say you don't like condoms, be sure to give them all a spin. You and your partner might just find something you can't get enough of.
For instance, Aaron dished that “textured condoms may be appealing to women because they can rub up against the wall of her vagina more effectively."
Play with foreplay options.
Instead of thinking of a condom as something that interrupts the sexy times, start thinking of it as a part of foreplay. Keep condoms handy so you don't have to leave the room and once you have it in hand, put the time it takes to roll on to work for you.
Keep the action going while you apply the condom, with some oral love or a sexy position, such as straddling his chest while you do the honors.
Get moving and grooving.
If condoms hamper your pleasure, get creative with your positioning to turn up the pressure. Aaron suggests missionary with your legs together, or raising your legs over his shoulders.
“These modifications and positions temporarily change the dimensions of your vagina during sex, making the vaginal canal narrower and/or shorter,” Aaron explained. “As a result, his penis will feel bigger and tighter inside of you, which will increase sensation.”
And that's good for both of you!