The nervous thrill of hopping into bed with a new partner, coupled with the problem of condoms that don't fit and a lack of confidence in their application, is taking a toll on men's libido, a new research has found.
As a result, researchers state, men are not only facing high levels of erection loss, but are also increasingly turning away from wearing protection during sex, thus raising the risks of STDs.
Cynthia Graham, Associate Research Fellow at Kinsey Institute for Sex, Gender and Reproduction at Indiana University, US and clinical psychologist at University of Oxford, UK, revealed that not knowing how to put on a condom meant that men were more likely to do without them, thus putting their partners at risk.
"These men are more likely going to take condoms off before sex is over or not use condoms altogether. They just give up on condom use because they know they are not going to have reliable erections, and this puts them and their partners at risk," the New Scientist quoted her, as saying.
As a part of the study, a team of researchers led by Graham surveyed 278 men attending a sexually transmitted infection (STI) clinic in the US.
All the men involved in the survey had used a condom for sex at least three times in the prior three months.
The researchers found that 37 per cent of men had faced at least one incidence of erection loss either while applying condoms or during sex in the previous three months.
They found that these men also had more unprotected sex over the study period than those with no erection loss.
40 per cent of the participants reported removing condoms before sex was over – twice as many as those with no erection problems.
The survey also found that men who had three or more sexual partners over the study period, those who had trouble applying condoms, as well as those who faced problems with condom comfort, were almost twice as likely to experience 'deflation'.
"We know that a lot of men aren't aware that it is usual to lose your erection. So it's not just education about proper condom use, it's about men's sexuality. No man is completely invincible, even younger men. It's how they respond to erection loss that is important,” said Graham.
The study is published in the November issue of the journal Sexual Health.