The major mistake you are probably making during sex
A new review has found that errors in condom use are not only still occuring, they're actually common! Led by The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction at Indiana University, researchers pulled together 16 years of data on condom errors and failures. They used 50 studies that involved diverse groups of participants from 14 different countries, including married individuals, sex workers, and college students. What they found was pretty scary!
The research first showed multiple mistakes in the way people put condoms on. Up to 25.3 percent said they unrolled the condom before putting it, rather than unrolling it as they put it on. (Got that? This is why people use a banana to describe this procedure.) About 75 percent of men and 82 percent of women failed to check condoms for damage before using them.
And if people were putting condomns on right, they were probably still using them wrong. The study also found that up to 40.7 percent of participants had experienced a condom break and up to 24.8 percent of sexual encounters involved putting a condom on too late...which basically negates the whole purpose of a condom.
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So what exactly do these numbers mean in a nutshell? People (including adults!) don't know how to use condoms! Sigh. If that doesn't show the need for comprehensive sex education classes, I don't know what would.
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Using a condom is just one of those things you have to know if you're having sex. Think of it as being as crucial as learning how to be a good kisser! Err, except some people aren't, so maybe that's a bad example.
In any case, not learning how to properly use a condom--especially if you're an adult --is kind of like being one of those kids who constantly wants to touch the stove or a candle flame. It's freaking dangerous and silly, especially since it'd be easy to stop if you just learned your damn lesson! That's why it's important to talk to your children about sex and the proper way to use contraceptives. And if you're a grown-up, well, it's time to get your act together. No one should be making potentially life-changing mistakes when they are so easily preventable.
Were you surprised by this data?
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