Many people aren't fond of the idea of using sexual protection - condoms in particular - which can prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The stereotypical response to the proposition of utilizing condoms is that they inhibit satisfaction during intercourse. However, new research conducted by experts from the Indiana University School of Public Health has found that this means of sexual protection may have an undeserved negative reputation.
The information collected by the researchers found that condoms generally do not reduce sexual pleasure, according to CBS News. The experts looked at results from surveys taken by approximately 1,600 people. About 28 percent of men reported using condoms while 22 percent of women said they did while engaging in intercourse. Among this group of people, the researchers were able to determine that they did not lack sexual satisfaction as a result of using condoms.
The U.S. continues to grapple with high rates of sexually transmitted infections, HIV and unintended pregnancies," said study author Debby Herbenick, an associate research scientist at Indiana University, according to the news source. "We need to understand how people make choices about the products they use, or avoid using, and how these products contribute to the safety and pleasurable aspects of their sexual experiences."
The benefits of condoms
Perhaps the biggest benefit of utilizing condoms is that they can dramatically reduce an individual's chances of contracting an STD. This method of sexual protection can prevent the spread of everything from gonorrhea to herpes. Furthermore, condoms can be an effective method of birth control.
If you're interested in other ways to maintain your sexual health, ABC News recommended maintaining a monogamous relationship with an STD-free partner. Having unprotected sex with multiple people can greatly increase your risk of catching an infection.
"When you're in a stable relationship, you are less concerned about sexual infections or pregnancy, so you may forgo using a condom," Michael Reece, Ph.D., director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University, told the news source.
If you're concerned that you may have an STD, your primary care provider can conduct testing to determine the presence of an infection. By taking the previous tips into consideration, you can make sure you have nothing to worry about in the future when it comes to your sexual health. These tactics can also help you keep your sexual partners safe.