A lot of men don’t like the way condoms feel. But we assume this is not an issue for women.
Imagine my surprise at the groundswell of complaints I’ve received from women when I asked the following question on my sex survey: “Do condoms impact the sensation you receive from intercourse?” Here are fifteen of several hundred complaints from women about condoms:
“Condoms feel less intimate. I love the way the smooth, hard penis skin feels against my skin, but I can’t feel that with a condom. We use them anyway, though, because I don’t like the pill, and the intercourse still feels good.”
“I feel like I’ve tried just about every type of condom there is and they all limit sensation to one extent or another.”
“We now use the Nuvaring for birth control. But when we have used condoms, the sensation is much less sensitive, and I feel like there’s saran wrap between us. It simply doesn’t feel as good as skin on skin.”
“I have used condoms and honestly (although I would not say this to someone whose only option was condoms) it does make sex a little less intimate and less pleasurable for me.”
“When we don’t use condoms, it feels great. Maybe it’s partially psychological, but I enjoy feeling him inside me, uncovered. Also, him ejaculating inside of me is a sexual turn on.”