Thursday, September 17, 2009

What Women Don’t Want

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Contrary to the popular impression that men are the only ones who can’t stand condoms, a recent study reveals that women find rubbers frustrating too. “I’m surprised by the striking similarity,” says University of Guelph sex professor Robin Milhausen, who teamed up with researchers at Indiana’s Kinsey Institute and Oxford University in England on this project.

In some ways, women are more turned off by condoms than men. Many said that the smell and taste of condoms was unenjoyable. Women also reported that condoms signaled a lack of trust in their partners, and made them feel distant. For some, condom use suggested that one partner had a disease from which the other needed protection. Complaints that condoms cause physical discomfort were also common. “[Condoms] can be drying and abrasive,” explains Milhausen, or the latex or lubricant may be irritating. Women also reported that condoms interfered with or decreased their partner’s orgasm and sensation.

In the study, published in the International Journal of STD & AIDS, 77 per cent of men reported that condoms decreased their own sensitivity. More surprising is the fact that 40 per cent of women said the same thing. “That’s no small minority,” muses Milhausen. “We heard loud and clear that they hated using condoms,” she adds, citing previous research showing that 18 to 24 females were least fond of them. “In fact, they asked their male partner to take the condom off in the middle of sex or to delay putting it on.” This was a startling revelation, Milhausen recalls, because it put females at risk of pregnancy and STDs.

While most condom research examines adolescent and young adult populations, says Milhausen, the 2,000 participants surveyed in this study varied in age and included married people. As men and women get older and enter seemingly monogamous relationships, condoms are often abandoned along with worries about STDs. “That’s faulty reasoning,” says Milhausen, citing literature suggesting “that 20 to 40 per cent of married couples have a partner who is having sex with somebody else.”

As well, all of those surveyed were recruited from a list of people who had either purchased or inquired about a sexual enhancement product from a website. “So if they have issues with condoms,” says Milhausen, “then you can imagine how people who are less open to exploring their sexuality would probably have even more negative attitudes.”

Turnoff Results (by gender)

Look of the condom was not appealing
  • Men 9.0 per cent
  • Women 10.4 per cent
Smell of the condom was not appealing
  • Men 30.2 per cent
  • Women 35.4 per cent
Taste of the condom was not appealing
  • Men 7.9 per cent
  • Women 16.7 per cent
Putting condoms on spoiled mood
  • Men 43.2 per cent
  • Women 30.2 per cent
Condoms suggest ‘one of us’ has a disease
  • Men 3.8 per cent
  • Women 6.3 per cent
Condoms suggest lack of trust
  • Men 3.3 per cent
  • Women 12.5 per cent
The condom just didn’t feel right
  • Men 29.1 per cent
  • Women 30.2 per cent
The condoms created discomfort
  • Men 17.7 per cent
  • Women 30.2 per cent
The condom decreased ‘my’ sensation during sex
Men 77.2 per cent
Women 39.6 per cent

The condom decreased my partner’s sensation during sex
  • Men 33.7 per cent
  • Women 58.3 per cent
Condoms made me feel distant from my partner
  • Men 14.9 per cent
  • Women 20.8 per cent
The condom made it difficult for ‘me’ to respond physically (’get hard or wet’)
  • Men 22.0 per cent
  • Women 17.7 per cent
The condom made it difficult for ‘my partner’ to respond physically (’get hard or wet’)
  • Men 9.5 per cent
  • Women 8.3 per cent
The condom interfered with my orgasm
  • Men 24.2 per cent
  • Women 18.8 per cent
The condoms interfered with my partner’s orgasm
  • Men 9.8 per cent
  • Women 15.6 per cent


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