Is It Normal that Using a Condom Hurts?

Sex is supposed to be a pleasurable experience for both of the people involved in the act, yet there are situations where things can become horribly uncomfortable. Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something isn’t right, and if you are experiencing pain during sex, then something is almost certainly off.

In the case of men, it can often be using a condom that causes pain, either during or after the act. There are a number of different things that could be causing this sort of pain, so let’s take a look at what the issue might be.

Improper use of condoms

Most men will tell you they don’t really care for using condoms, but they are all aware that it’s the way to go if you want to avoid STDs and unwanted pregnancy. Condoms are a necessary evil for many men, which may explain why they put little thought into choosing one and making sure they use it properly.

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Yes, men want to be prepared for when the mood strikes, but they do very little other than making sure there are a couple of rubbers in the bedside table.

Use The Proper Size

One of the most important factors when it comes to choosing a condom that isn’t going to hurt you is to make sure to get one that fits. Guys may talk a big game when discussing penis size, but in the privacy of their own home, most would readily admit to themselves that they are just average.

Unless you know the average size of a male penis, you probably have nothing else to go on than the sizes of males in porn movies, which is not exactly a good indicator of an average. The end result here is that you may be a little larger than average, which means making the move up to larger condoms.

Keep in mind here that we are not just talking length, but also girth. If you are wearing an improperly sized condom, that rubber ring at the bottom might feel as though it is choking the life out of your penis.

Some guys will actually go with a smaller size to get that sensation, as they feel as though it will keep them harder for longer. Either way, it’s still uncomfortable.

Put It One Correctly

Even if you do manage to get the correct size condom for the job, there is still the chance that you might experience some pain. This is usually a sign that you have not put it on correctly. Not only can this be painful, it can also lead to the condom becoming a whole lot less effective. Make sure the condom is not inside out and that it has been fully unrolled on your penis.

Failing to do so can lead to some real discomfort for both you and your partner. Practice if you have little experience using rubbers, as this will help ensure you get things right when it really counts.

Allergies to condoms

It’s usually pretty obvious right away that you are wearing an ill-fitting condom, but what about those times where you get pain and irritation when wearing one that fits correctly? This may well be a sign of something a lot more serious, as allergies to condoms actually have the outside chance of being life-threatening.

Generally speaking, there are two distinct types of condom allergies, which are a latex condom allergy and a spermicide condom allergy, the latter of which comes in varying degrees of severity. Let’s take a closer look at these potential issues.

Latex condom allergy

If you experience itchiness and skin irritation after you have used a condom, this may well be a sign of a Type IV latex allergy, which is more of an annoyance than anything else. It’s a sign that your skin does not react well to the particles contained within the latex condom, and should tell you that it’s time to look for an alternative method of contraception.

More severe is the Type I allergy, which you will feel the effects of from the moment you put the condom on. Pain and irritation come almost immediately, and this particular allergy is so severe that it can lead to anaphylactic reactions, which may be life threatening.

Spermicide condom allergy

There are a number of condom brands that come with a spermicide coating for added protection. The problem here is that some people experience allergic reactions to the protective substance, and it can be painful and uncomfortable for both you and your partner.

In the mild version of this allergy, you will most likely experience an itchy rash in the genital region, while women may experience irritation and the potential for a yeast infection after the fact. There is also the possibility that urinary tract infections become an issue, which is also a rather unpleasant thing to deal with.

Instances of severe spermicide condom allergy are rare, but when they do occur, they are horribly unpleasant. You are looking at the risk of blisters that stretch from the genitals all the way to the rectal area, as well as itchiness and discomfort.

There is also the possibility of anaphylactic issues, too, including drops in blood pressure and other symptoms. It goes without saying that any of these symptoms should result in getting rid of your spermicide condoms.

In Conclusion

We all want sex to be as fun and pleasurable as possible, and that can only happen when both people involved are totally comfortable. In the case of condoms, it’s important that you do your due diligence, and don’t just pick the cheapest one off the shelf.

Get a condom that fits, and also take into account the needs and feelings of your partner when making the decision. Take the time to make the right decision, and you will both have a great time.


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  1. Jennifer Gottfried October 13, 2016 Reply

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