While most of us have been instructed from an early age that unprotected sex is a bad idea unless you’re in a committed relationship and you want to get a partner pregnant, a disturbing new trend has been observed by researchers over the past few years.
If you want to maintain your sexual health and enjoy exciting intimate experiences throughout your life, it’s definitely a good idea to avoid being a part of the statistics.
The Newest Numbers: Men Don’t Like Wearing Condoms
New surveys from the US and other parts of the world reveal troubling information about the number of people who have unprotected sex.
According to the Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior, less than 50 percent of the guys in the 18 to 24 age group use a condom. What’s even more troubling is the fact that things don’t really get better as we move up to other age groups.
Only 30 percent of the guys in the 25 to 34 age group use a condom.
The bad news don’t end here. According to the Superdrug Online Doctor survey of 2,000 men, 65 percent of them report having unprotected sex. Of these guys, 30 percent will never put a condom on.
There’s a reason why STD rates are growing higher and higher. According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) survey, there was a six percent annual increase in Chlamydia diagnoses in 2015. The increase in the occurrence of gonorrhea increased 13 percent from 2014 to 2016.
Needless to say, the actual number of people that suffer from sexually transmitted infections is probably much higher. Many guys don’t get tested and some of the sexual diseases have a rather long incubation period.
The Importance Of Protection: Going Beyond The Obvious
Protecting yourself and your partner is obviously of paramount importance if you want to remain healthy and you’re not ready to father a child. The importance of protection, however, goes beyond the obvious.
Did you know that apart from causing many other rather disturbing symptoms, STIs could also contribute to erectile dysfunction? In fact, this is one of the most common reasons for impotence in younger guys.
If you’ve started experienced ED all of the sudden and you don’t have any other risk factors, it may be a good idea to go and get tested.
According to a report published in Sexual Health Journal, there are studies suggesting that STIs may increase the risk of ED. The study focused on 1,700 men suffering from herpes and guys who didn’t have an STI.
During the four-year follow-up period, the guys infected with herpes proved to be more prone to experiencing erectile dysfunction than the guys who didn’t have such a problem.
The increase in risk of ED for members of the herpes group was nearly three times in comparison to the control group.
Additionally, male infertility is also heavily linked to STIs. A thorough review on the topic was presented in the Korean Journal of Urology. Some STIs impact sperm production. Others impact sexual function.
Combined with the stress of having such an issue and attempting to get a partner pregnant, STIs will make it either much harder or entirely impossible for some couples to get pregnant.
As you can see, the risks are significant, especially if you take into consideration the simplicity of the solution.
If you want to have rock-hard erections and if you’d eventually like to have kids one day, you should definitely use a condom. Monogamous couples that have been together for some time and that would like to ditch the protection will need to get tested for STIs before throwing out the condoms.
The test is incredibly simple and it will give both peace of mind in terms of moving forward and exploring new aspects of the sexual relationship.