In surprising sex news: Men don't hate using condoms as much as you might think they do, according to a new study published in the International Journal of Sexual Health.
Researchers conducted two studies at large universities in 2009 and 2010. The first study looked at 462 students ages 18-38, and the second study looked at 182 students ages 18-42. In each study, the students completed identical online surveys about their opinions on condom use and how they thought the opposite sex felt about them.
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The results of both studies showed that men did feel more negatively about using condoms than women did, but there were no gender differences in intentions to use them. So even if the guys didn't love the idea of using rubbers, they sucked it up and wrapped it up anyway. And here's the really interesting part: When women were asked how they thought men felt about using condoms, women guessed men felt way more negatively about them than they actually do.
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So sure, men aren't the biggest fans of condoms (just read these five common things guys say to avoid them), but they actually don't hate them as much as you think they do. In fact, a recent study found that both men and women enjoy sex just as much with condoms as they do without. So why are men getting such a bad rap when it comes to birth control? It may be that we're just not communicating with our partners about this stuffÃ¢â‚¬”especially college-age adults, which made up the majority of this study sample.
The bottom line: It's crucial to be on the same page as your partner when it comes to preventing pregnancy and STDs. And even if a guy isn't amped about using condoms, he probably doesn't hate it as much as you think he doesÃ¢â‚¬”after all, he's still having sex, right?
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