Despite everything we know about sexual health, including that condoms are the only form of birth control that protects against the majority of sexually transmitted diseases, most men still aren’t whacking one on before sex.
A recent study found that condom use among Australian single, heterosexual men is on the decline. Only 35 per cent said they’d used a condom during their last casual sexual encounter. Furthermore, a report from the Centre for Social Research in Health determined that less than half of gay or bisexual men always use condoms with partners.
The common complaint has been diminished sensitivity, with men claiming that sex simply doesn’t feel as good with a condom on.
But it turns out there’s far more to the story.
The New York Times reported this week that men aren’t wearing condoms because of a global sizing problem.
Simply, standard condom sizes are far too big for the average penis.
Condoms must be at least 6.69 inches, or 17 centimetres long, despite the reality that the average erect penis is 2.5 centimetres shorter than that.
Sexual health expert Debby Herbenick said that of the 1661 men they studied, 83 per cent had penises that were too short for the average condom.