Sorry, guys. Science is calling your bluff.
Recent findings swiftly discredited the “I can’t get a boner with a condom” excuse men so-often tell their partner and confirmed what both parties knew all along: It’s all in your head.
According to the study, published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, it’s unlikely that condoms are the culprit behind the inability to perform. Nearly 500 heterosexual men aged 18-24 were surveyed and results showed that 38 percent had no condom-associated erection problems. On the other hand, the 32 percent who did report condom-using difficulties were more likely to have erectile dysfunction and/or inexperience putting the actual rubber on.
Researchers also found that more than a third of those surveyed were never taught the proper way to put on a condom, which could lead to nervous fumbling in the bedroom that affects overall performance.
Interestingly, pilot studies found that the better the guy’s condom knowledge was, the more confident he was in the bedroom:
Recent pilot studies of a self-guided home-based intervention to promote condom use among young men (requiring only minimal clinician input) reported increased confidence in men’s ability to use condoms, self-efficacy for condom use, and condom comfort as well as a reduction in breakage
Numbers like this point to an even bigger issue than ruining the mood, and suggests that better sex education in schools would not only teach young men how to correctly put on a condom (here’s how it’s done, by the way) but better prevent STDs and unwanted pregnancies. Looks like it’s time to debunk this dangerous myth.