The Condom Cop-out

I keep hearing from both men I meet and my girlfriends, that men complain about condoms. A common gripe is that guys can’t stay hard wearing one. I am obviously not a man and don’t know what it feels like, but to me, that sounds like a mental block. I would think a baby or incurable disease would also be a boner killer, but that’s just me.  What really bothers me is that if he doesn’t want to wear one with you, he isn’t wearing one with anyone else either.

Condoms are necessary in this day and age. I much prefer skin on skin and I react negatively to commercially available condoms. They contain chemicals and fillers that I am allergic to. Luckily I discovered condoms that my body doesn’t react to, because safe-sex is important. Men seem to appreciate them also. My new lover (who had expressed distaste for condoms) said it felt like he had nothing on.

I find younger men assume condoms are a must where men my age, assume they are not. This is why there are growing numbers of outbreaks in older demographics. If pregnancy isn’t a concern, then condoms tend to be shrugged off. I am appalled at the lack of education around pregnancy and infections. I shouldn’t be with only 24 states requiring Sex-Ed to be “medically accurate.” STIs and STDs are rampant. I recently read that the top reason potential contestants are unable to be cast on the Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise, is STIs, most often herpes. Herpes affects 1 out of 6 people and it is with you for life. 

Do you have the conversation about STD/STI testing with a new or potential partner? I find it unnerving that I have yet to have a man initiate this conversation. I always have brought it up first. I know I am frank and upfront, but do you talk about this? Have you seen the actual results and know for a fact that he hasn’t been with anyone else since those results? I need to be more diligent about this, and I suggest that for everyone. Did you know that men are often a-symptomatic  (no symptoms) and are not tested for HPV?

While getting tested isn’t my favorite activity; I experience some angst each time. I mostly practice safe sex, I like knowing my status. Some people don’t want their primary physician to know they are getting tested, or perhaps even their spouse. I have long recommended using a local clinic and more recently online testing, such as STDcheck.com, for quick, no hassle results.

I recently used STDcheck.com and it was super easy and efficient. It was a seamless process that yielded quick results, which gives me piece of mind. I signed up online and chose a local lab. The only “issue” I had was that the labs in my area were closed at lunch time and their day ends at 4pm, other than that, it was very easy. I went to the lab, had my specimens taken, and had the result in my online account in less than 48 hrs.

In the past I have typically been tested during my annual exam at my OB-GYN. I have also gone to CDC, Clinics, and now online. By far online testing is the easiest and quickest. I appreciated that they tested for 10 diseases/infections including Herpes Simplex 1 and 2 (HSV1, HSV2), which many places do not.

If you or your partner have had unprotected sex with anyone else since your last STD test, I suggest going online to STDcheck.com and  get tested together, knowing your status is sexy. If you enjoy multiple partners (no judgement. I do) be safe and wrap it up. Don’t forget about oral and anal  sex too

4 thoughts on “The Condom Cop-out

  1. I have read somewhere similar point of view and I totally agree with what you said. However, there are also some other things could be mentioned on this topic, but overall I like what you described.

  2. A slow-down in sex as a relationship progresses is nothing new – but have you ever wondered why this happens?

    When a couple first meets and falls in love they can’t get enough of each other and enjoy ridiculous amounts of sex, which then turns into a regular amount of sex and then into minimal amounts over time. Here’s why…
    Stress
    This is probably one of the biggest excuses, and whether stress is work- or family-related, it really takes its toll on our sex lives.

    Partners from the past
    Research has found that the more sexual partners a person has before marriage, the lower the quality of sex, communication and relationship stability is during a marriage.

    Comparisons
    When it comes to your sex life, it’s best not to compare yours to anyone else’s.

    How frequently you have sex and what you enjoy are personal, and if you and your partner are happy and enjoying the ways you have sex, then that’s all that really matters.

    Kids
    It’s no secret that kids can prove a death knell for the amount of sex a couple enjoys.

    Interestingly, the touch from small kids who are seeking attention releases oxytocin. While this helps to bond both parents and child, it also suppresses dopamine and libido – bad news for your sex drive.

    Actually, life should be fun, you need a good atmosphere, make everything fun, don’t make everything nervous, especially for man, i do recommend you buy some stuff

    life is better with sex!
    good luck

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