Men participating in this study self reported on their level of satisfaction when using condoms throughout vaginal intercourse with a partner.

Over 5,000 sexual episodes were used to gather men’s perceptions on how relationship status, physical aspects, and the specific condom used influenced their sexual pleasure.

Event specific factors that made sex more enjoyable for men included liberal foreplay including manual and oral stimulation of the genitals, length of the sex act (the longer the better), and the comfort factor while wearing the condom.

Lowered sexual pleasure was reported with erection difficulties, and when a partner expressed discomfort during intercourse.

Researchers conducting the study believe condoms are unfairly stigmatized as negatively influencing sexual relations.

They suggest using the data collected to stress the importance of using condoms for STI protection while still achieving a high level of sexual fulfillment.