Condoms: Which Is Best for You?

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You know you should use them to prevent STDs and pregnancy, but what can you do when he says it lessens his pleasure? Well, a new study found that sex isn't necessarily better without a condom. Research published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that with and without a condom, both men and women rated sexual pleasure consistently high. However, researchers found that some men reported potentially higher arousal when having sex without a condom; however, arousal is affected by multiple factors, including drugs and alcohol, partner choice and many others. Michael Reece, PhD, MPH, of the School of Public Health-Bloomington, Indiana University, and co-author of the study, said "We've had generation after generation of men that have been told that sex with a condom doesn't feel as good as sex without, and in survey after survey you pick up that social myth," says Reece. Until now, that is: "People say that sex with a condom is just as good as sex without a condom -- that throws everything that men grew up learning out the window."