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Elizabeth Boskey, Ph.D.

Do Condoms Suck?

By February 22, 2012

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There's a really great opinion piece over at L.A. Weekly called, "Condoms Suck", and while I was prepared to disagree with their premise, I actually found it quite compelling. Now, it's important to say that for the critical things, condoms don't suck. They're pretty good at preventing STDs. They're quite effective for contraception. You can use them to make oral sex, anal sex, and vaginal intercourse safer, and cut them up if you want to use them as a dental dam. They're easy to use correctly (... although they're also easy to use wrong.)

That said, and more to the point of the article, condoms could be a whole lot better. Don't get me wrong, there have been improvements. Polyurethane and polyisoprene condoms have helped people with latex allergies. TheyFit condoms have made it easier for some men to find a comfortable product. Some people adore the female condom. But condoms aren't fun for everyone. Some people hate them and won't use them, and as the L.A. Weekly article suggests, not nearly enough money has been spent on making them better.

It would be great if that would change. In the mean time, let me know if you've found a condom that makes safe sex more fun. While you're at it, do you have any suggestions about what companies could do to make condoms better? If so, leave a comment below.

February 23, 2012 at 2:08 pm
(1) Alan Wexelblat says:

My life improved immensely when Japanese-made condoms became widely available in the US. They’re often half the thickness or less of US brands, which improves sensation considerably, and despite being thinner I’ve found them to have higher manufacturing quality, which means less breakage, longer shelf-life and frankly less worrying.

My feeling then is that companies should focus first on easily available improvements: make them thinner but more reliable.

February 29, 2012 at 3:50 pm
(2) Stephen M says:

I used to find condoms very tight around the base, it essentially meant after a few minutes the blood supply was cut off! I tried some fitted condoms called TheyFit that ask you to measure your exact requirements and I must admit it was a revelation. Much more pleasurable. Stephen

March 31, 2013 at 4:23 pm
(3) Shodan says:

Condom are awful, you can’t feel texture through it and that’s if everything else goes right

I don’t bother having sex because there’s no point

can’t do without them because std, can’t do with them because it barely is pleasurable

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