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Are you buying the right condoms?

health-and-fitness Updated: Feb 17, 2010 14:21 IST

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CoupleWhen it comes to condoms, finding the right one is the key, for badly fitted caps not only spoil bedroom pleasure, but also raise the risks of infection as well as pregnancy, say researchers.

A new study has revealed that men are twice as likely to take the condom off midway through sex due to a poor fit and the ill-fitting caps more than double the chances of them splitting or slipping off, the BBC reported.

For the study, the researchers at Kentucky University questioned 436 men, out of which 195 reported that their last sexual encounter involved an ill-fitting condom.

A total of 120 of these said that this had reduced their own sexual pleasure and 57 said it had reduced it for their partner. In addition, some 34 said they had removed the condom early, while 18 said the condom had broken during sex.

All of these problems were far less frequent among men who reported a well-fitted condom, revealed the findings which were published in the latest edition of Sexually Transmitted Infections journal.

According to the researchers, one solution would be better public health efforts to make sure that men achieved the best fit.