Men: 5 Ways To Make Condoms More Pleasurable

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So, you’re consistently complaining about how horrid condoms feel during sex, but you’ve never really thought about how to increase your pleasure while using them. Before you cast the condoms to the side and place yourself and your partner at risk for unintended pregnancy and STI transmission, my colleagues and I have five simple ways you can make condom use sexier and more satisfying for both of you.

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1. Use a few drops of lube inside of the condom.

You may or may not have heard about this little trick, but placing a few drops of lube inside of the condom before placing it on can turn up the pleasure. Dr. Hilda Hutcherson, MD, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, gives the perfect advice on how to achieve this increased pleasure with condom usage.  “Placing a drop or 2 (no more or the condom may slide off!) of water based lubricant in the reservoir tip of the condom will increase a man’s pleasure,” she states. “The lubricant helps with transfer of sensation to the head of the penis. This is especially true when you use the type of condom with the large pouch at the tip. With this type of condom, the pouch rolls around the head of the penis, providing additional stimulation. Some men say it is better than going naked.” Trojan and Astroglide both have water based lubricants available on the market at your nearest drugstore in the family planning aisle, right next to the condoms, of course. You can also grab a box of Trojan “Ecstasy” condoms that fit exactly how Dr. Hutcherson described with a grip at the base and a wider fit towards the tip.

2. Try a different condom texture.

Unlike the thick, rubbery condoms of the past, condoms have evolved to thinner materials that feature various textures and lubricants to increase pleasure while providing ultimate protection. Deborah Arrindell, Vice President, Health Policy at the American Sexual Health Association lends her advice on more pleasurable condom options for couples.  “Many of today’s condoms are designed with pleasure and protection in mind. There are condoms with good lubricants both inside and outside the condom. You can get ridges for added sensation, and you can get extremely thin condoms. There’s also a condom that’s designed to be looser so the penis moves inside of the condom for added sensation.”

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You can find a variety of these condoms in the Trojan Party Pack that contains a variation of textures and lubrications that provide cooling and heated sensations.  You can shop online for condoms discreetly at retailers like Jet.com or Amazon.