Do condoms make sex less enjoyable?

This may vary from person to person. Condoms can have some positive effects. For instance, both partners may enjoy sex more if they don't have to worry about getting pregnant or contracting an STI. Using condoms also may prolong an erection. Some men believe that condoms are too small or tight for them. All condoms can stretch to accommodate various sizes.

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