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22 February 2010 :: 16:02:09 pm 13932

Insight & Information into New Condom Research

Condoms are available in a variety of shapes, sizes, color and flavors. Although most have a reservoir tip, they are also available in a plain tip, some may be regular with straight sides whilst others are indented below the head of the penis, or flared which is wider over the head of the penis. Also available are ribbed condoms which are textured which can increase sensation for both partners. It is all a matter of preference and it is important to communicate with your partner to be sure of satisfaction.
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Condoms are manufactured in different shapes and sizes for fit and comfort and there are no standard lengths although some will stretch depending on material used. Flavored condoms are to make oral sex more enjoyable and are quite safe for penetrative sex as long as they have been approved and tested. There are also variations on the width of condoms with some having a slightly narrower width to give a closer fit. Condom manufacturers have realized the need for the difference in length and widths of condoms and are continuously widening their range.

Condoms that are a bad fit do not just reduce the pleasure for both the woman and the male it also raises the risk of unwanted pregnancies and infection. They also are twice as likely to be taken off during intercourse through poor fit as this can cause discomfort for both partners especially the man, plus it more than doubles the chance of splitting or even slipping off.

According to a recent poll the use of condoms was found to be on the increase, rivaling the Pill, however, there are concerns that if the condoms prove to be uncomfortable then couples will prefer to risk unsafe sex thus leading to infections and unwanted pregnancies.

Latest studies showing 436 men questioned by the University of Kentucky researchers, 195 said their last sexual encounter involved ill fitting condoms with 120 saying it had reduced their own sexual pleasure and 57 said it had reduced it for their partner. In addition to this 34 was reported to have removed the condom half way through with 18 stating that the condom broke during sex.

Further studies showed these problems were far less frequent among men who reported a well fitting condom. According to US researchers, better public health efforts to ensure men chose better fitting condoms would be a solution.

Simon Blake from Brook, an advisory charity said, ”Standard latex condoms should fit most people but there are many different types available in different shapes and sizes and trying different types is important in finding the right one. Used correctly, condoms were 98% effective and protected against both unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections.” Being confident and having the skill of putting the condom on correctly can contribute the success and comfort of its use.

A representative from the International HIV/AIDA Alliance, Gill Gordon has spent time discussing with men in Africa about the use of condoms and its effect of reducing the number of new HIV infections and pregnancies also stating the importance of a good fit. The variety of size and shapes of condoms in Africa, are not readily available as in Europe and the US with some African men resorting to using a large condom and tying it with string to keep it in place as using regular size ones were to painful.

Gill Gordon continued to say,” I think that the unwillingness of African men to use condoms, has been overstated and that many more would be willing to wear one if they were more comfortable.

Patty Brown

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