Badly fitted condoms raise the risks of infection and pregnancy and reduce the pleasure of sex for men and women, a new study in the UK has found.
Ill-fitting condoms more than doubled the chances of them splitting or slipping off, according to University of Kentucky researchers.
The study was conducted on 436 men and 195 reported that their last sexual encounter involved an ill-fitting condom.
120 complained this had reduced their own sexual pleasure, 57 said it had reduced it for their partner, 34 said they had removed the condom early and 18 said the condom had broken during sex.
Condom use is increasing in popularity, opposing the Pill as a form of contraception. However, there are concerns that couples may turn them away if they fail to fit correctly and risk unsafe sex.
Brook Advisory charity spokesperson Simon Blake said that if condoms are used correctly, they are 98% effective and protect against unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.
“Standard latex condoms should fit most people but there are many different types of condoms available in different shapes and sizes and trying different types is important in finding the ‘right one’,” Blake said.