34% Of Men Are Still Making This Big Mistake In Bed – Men’s Health

Posted: August 12, 2017 at 1:45 pm

Its great to see more men using protection, but 33 percent is still lowtoo low. Unfortunately, its not entirely shocking information, since a recent (unscientific) survey found that 65 percent of Americans have had unprotected sex.

Heres why skipping the glove is a huge issue: STD rates have hit an all-time high, but using a condom correctly is one of the best ways to protect you (and your partner) from transmission of diseases like gonorrhea and chlamydia, which often show no noticeable symptoms, according to the CDC. (Here are four STDs you might already have.)

Plus, using a condom correctly can help prevent unintended pregnancies. Yet only 19 percent of men reported using a condom every time they had sex in the past year, while nearly 50 percent reported never using a condom during sex in the past year, according to the CDC report. (Heres why pulling out can be a risky form of birth control.)

To be fair, this data only focused on overall condom use, and didnt account for people who were in monogamous relationships, using other forms of contraception, or actually trying to have kids. But even so, when you break the numbers down by age, only 53 percent of guys aged 15 to 19 were using a condom every time they had sex. That number dipped to about 10 percent for men aged 35 to 44.

Bottom line: If you never wear a rubberand youre not trying to get your partner pregnant and havent been tested for STDskeep in mind that youre putting your health (and your partners health) at risk.

If youre currently having casual sex with several different people, using a condom is your best bet until you feel comfortable with a single partner, according to Debby Herbenick, Ph.D., a sex researcher at Indiana Universitys Kinsey Institute. Once youre committed and you both have been tested, talk to your partner about possibly looking into other forms of birth control.

Until you know for sure, finding a condom you like (and using a little lubewe like this one from the Mens Health store) can help make safe sex feel a heck of a lot better.

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