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Condom discomfort and associated problems with their use among university students.

Condom discomfort and associated problems with their use among university students.
Condom discomfort and associated problems with their use among university students.
In addition to consistent use, condoms must be used correctly. The purpose of this study was to identify prevalence and types of condom-associated discomfort among university students, the outcomes of this discomfort, and the role of discomfort in condom breakage. We conducted a cross-sectional study of 206 students attending a private university in the southern United States. We assessed 3 potential outcomes: breakage, not using condoms throughout sex, and low condom-use motivation. Nearly one third reported discomfort, including tightly fitting condoms, vaginal irritation, and loss of sensation. Discomfort was associated with breakage (p = .0001), incomplete use (p = .0001), and less motivation to use condoms (p = .018). Gender moderated the latter 2 findings. Adjusted findings indicate that students reporting discomfort were 3.6 times more likely to also report breakage (p = .0009). Continued investigation of this topic is warranted. Prevention education may benefit university students by promoting several key practices, such as adding lubricant to condoms before they dry out and acquiring condoms that fit properly.
0744-8481
143-147
Crosby, Richard
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Yarber, William L.
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Sanders, Stephanie A.
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Graham, Cynthia A.
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Crosby, Richard
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Yarber, William L.
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Sanders, Stephanie A.
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Graham, Cynthia A.
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Crosby, Richard, Yarber, William L., Sanders, Stephanie A. and Graham, Cynthia A. (2005) Condom discomfort and associated problems with their use among university students. Journal of American College Health, 54 (3), 143-147.

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Abstract

In addition to consistent use, condoms must be used correctly. The purpose of this study was to identify prevalence and types of condom-associated discomfort among university students, the outcomes of this discomfort, and the role of discomfort in condom breakage. We conducted a cross-sectional study of 206 students attending a private university in the southern United States. We assessed 3 potential outcomes: breakage, not using condoms throughout sex, and low condom-use motivation. Nearly one third reported discomfort, including tightly fitting condoms, vaginal irritation, and loss of sensation. Discomfort was associated with breakage (p = .0001), incomplete use (p = .0001), and less motivation to use condoms (p = .018). Gender moderated the latter 2 findings. Adjusted findings indicate that students reporting discomfort were 3.6 times more likely to also report breakage (p = .0009). Continued investigation of this topic is warranted. Prevention education may benefit university students by promoting several key practices, such as adding lubricant to condoms before they dry out and acquiring condoms that fit properly.

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Published date: November 2005
Organisations: Psychology

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Local EPrints ID: 206995
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/206995
ISSN: 0744-8481
PURE UUID: 228f8bdd-b1ac-40cb-ac64-8df1225608d5
ORCID for Cynthia A. Graham: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7884-599X

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Date deposited: 26 Jan 2012 15:01
Last modified: 15 Aug 2019 00:37

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