BREAKING NEWS: Sex Feels Good!

February 7th, 2013

Men’s Health Online

Rock that rubber: Having sex with a condom feels just as good as it does without one, according to new research in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. (Wow, we’re so glad we have scientists to tell us this!)

Researchers analyzed survey data from 1,645 men and women ages 18 to 59, and found that both genders rated sex as being highly arousing and pleasurable, regardless of whether or not they used a condom or lubricant.

According to the study, men’s arousal ratings were pretty much the same with or without condoms, and neither condoms nor lube affected the men’s ability to perform or maintain an erection.

Still indifferent about wrapping it up? Do it for her sake. In some of our (old) work, we’ve found that men shy away from using lube, says study author Debby Herbenick, PhD., research scientist at Indiana University. But in the latest study, Herbenick and her team found that women who reported using a condom without lube had a harder time with vaginal lubricatin and arousal compared to the other groups.

If you want to show her the best experience possible, use both. Herbenick suggests starting out with a nickel- to quarter-sized dab on the outside of the condom. And to sweeten the deal for you, add a small amount of lube inside the tip of the condom for greater comfort. Just keep in mind that only water-based and silicone-based lubes should be used with latex condoms.

Not sure what brand you like best? Pick up a variety pack, such as Babeland’s Lube sampler, which includes seven one-time-use packets ($6, babeland.com). Or test out a 3Sum, the new condom from Lifestyles that’s specially lubricated for maximum glide ($12.99, walgreens.com or your local drug store).