You’ve repeated this motto in the middle of long sports practices, while learning a new hobby and countless other times when you’ve needed motivation. It turns out that this phrase comes in handy in safe sex, too.
According to a handful of studies, practice is a key part of learning about safe sex. What’s the finding that intrigues us the most? A recent study found that men practicing condom use helps them learn to use condoms correctly and consistently.
Practice and Safe Sex: How They Connect
A group from the Kinsey Institute Condom Use Research Team have researched the use of condoms for over 10 years. They find that practice is a vital part of ensuring condoms are used correctly, noting that “merely wearing a condom is not enough to provide effective protection against STDs and unwanted pregnancies. Condoms need to be used correctly, yet fit-and-feel issues can result in erection difficulty, loss of sensation, removal of condoms before the intercourse episode ends, and other problems that can interfere with their correct use.”
This group of researchers implemented a “homework strategy” to test their theories. To give their assignments, they gave bags of condoms and lube to men and instructed them to practice with at least 6 condoms. The results of this approach enforce the idea that practice is necessary. Practice, in this sense, helped men learn about the different options of condoms, feel more comfortable using them, and learn to use them correctly.
Practice and Learn
This idea brings us back to the basics. Practicing something makes you more familiar with it. You learn by doing something first hand and trying again and again until it works. So, it seems natural that practicing safe sex habits should take some practice, too. Practice and education are the best ways to encourage safe sex habits. Learn more by following our blog and contacting a lab near you to discuss STD testing.