Charles Goodyear invented the rubber vulcanization process in 1839 and patented in 1844. Since then, the relationship of men with rubber has been somewhat complicated. Misters don’t like it! Period. Given a chance, men would rather have less sex than use a condom — most feel it make sex less enjoyable.

Condoms are called or mockingly referred to as the love glove, salami sling, or Casanova’s pet name, “English riding coat.” And there’s no denying that the modern latex condom safeguards both partners from a series of problems like STIs or even unwanted conception. Being effectively priced is a bonus.

Additionally, they are now available in so many different variations to suit your mood, requirement, or even preference. There are ultra-thins — which give you the feel of almost not wearing one, with added lubricants to prevent dryness, or even ribbed and extra-long lasting ones.

In spite of the many benefits, men still have a complicated relationship with the condom. The issue is that condoms tend to block pleasure, spontaneity, and emotional intimacy.

All in all, the universal truth is that men hate condoms!

Many say that the thin latex stretches, and it seems to block the cardinal feature of sex. That touch of the skin and the feel of warmth which one gets without the cap on — cannot be replicated with the condom. However, there are many condoms with added lubricants on both the inside and outside — these help to intensify the feeling.

Recently, Durex launched Performax Intense condom — a product that the company claims “is designed to speed her up and slow him down.” This is made possible because of a special lubricant on the condom’s interior. It has been developed to delay a man’s climax. It’s designed to help you feel the pleasure rather than worry about the restrictive condom.

And it’s not misters alone — women too don’t like the condom.

According to research by Jenny Higgins, Ph.D., an assistant professor of gender and women’s studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison — 3,210 women were surveyed. Most of these women described the drawbacks of condom sex in much the same way men did.

The worse thing for men is that they have to wear the latex and deal with the discontent of having it on. And imagine this, right when things are hotting up — you say “excuse me” and rush to put on the slipper devil. Excited that you are the slippery latex refuses to stay put or go on with ease. For 30% of women, the arousal evaporates during this interlude.

In men, this has led to CAEP or condom-associated erection problems. At least 28% of men lose their erection when putting on the condom.

However, with STIs on the rise across the world, condoms remain an effective barrier to safeguard your partner and you. So try and find a few options that work best for you — and learn to put on the condom correctly.

With so many complicated relationships — here’s to one more — only this one can be a life-saver.