Incomplete Use of Condoms: The Importance of Sexual Arousal

Oxford Doctoral Course in Clinical Psychology, University of Oxford, UK.
AIDS and Behavior (Impact Factor: 3.49). 11/2009; 15(7):1328-31. DOI: 10.1007/s10461-009-9638-7
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The purpose of this study was to identify associations between incomplete condom use (not using condoms from start to finish of sex) and sexual arousal variables. A convenience sample of heterosexual men (n = 761) completed a web-based questionnaire. Men who scored higher on sexual arousability were more likely to put a condom on after sex had begun (AOR = 1.58). Men who reported difficulty reaching orgasm were more likely to report removing condoms before sex was over (AOR = 2.08). These findings suggest that sexual arousal may be an important, and under-studied, factor associated with incomplete use of condoms.

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    • "Perfect use of condoms may be deterred by myriad sexual and relational factors [10] [13] [14] [15]; use of other contraceptive methods can also be shaped by such factors, though less directly [37] [38] [39]. A man may remove, or a woman may suggest removing, a condom for numerous reasons, including concerns about erectile difficulties, orgasm likelihood, condom fit or feel, smell, sound, or wetness [16] [40] [41]. Condom mis-use is thus not always " accidental " but may be a conscious choice, even if sometimes a risky choice. "
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