Condom use errors and problems among young women who put condoms on their male partners.

Stephanie A. Sanders, Cynthia A. Graham, William L. Yarber, Richard A. Crosby

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OBJECTIVES: To comprehensively assess condom use errors and problems reported by women who apply condoms, given the lack of data on this aspect of condom use. METHODS: Data from a questionnaire survey, using a 3-month recall period, was analyzed for a convenience sample of 102 college women who put condoms on their male partner(s) for sex (vaginal, anal, or oral). The percentage of the sample reporting that an error or problem occurred at least once is presented. RESULTS: Fifty-one percent put the condom on after starting sex, and 15% took the condom off before ending sex. Forty-eight percent wanted a condom but didn't have one, 46% did not leave space at the tip, 30% put the condom on wrong side up and had to flip the condom over, 26% did not use a lubricant, and 15% wanted a water-based lubricant and did not have any available. Twenty-five percent reported that their partners lost erections in association with condom use. Twenty-eight percent reported breakage, slippage, or both. Higher error scores were found for those who reported: 1) breakage or slippage, 2) partner erection problems, 3) use of another form of contraception, and 4) not having received instruction in correct condom use. CONCLUSION: Educating women as well as men about correct condom use, in addition to promoting consistent condom use, may be an important public health strategy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-98
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Medical Women's Association (1972)
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2003

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  • General Medicine


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