First European Survey to Study the Fit and Feel of Condoms

Thursday, October 9, 2008 General News J E 4
AMSTERDAM, October 9

- Condomerie Supports Indiana University in Online Survey

For the first time in Europe a study is being conducted among men to gaininformation about the fit and feel of condoms. The American Center for SexualHealth Promotion of Indiana University, urges men to participate in thissurvey and answer questions about their experiences using condoms.

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The study is supported by Condomerie, the world’s first specializedcondom shop, in Amsterdam. On its website from all over Europe are asked to complete a brief survey, anonymouslyand in their own language, about their condom use. For example whether thecondom is nice, too small or too large, about condom failure or whether itcomes off during or after sex. The results of the study can be used forimproving condoms. "By participating in this study men can help developingthe perfect fit and feel condom in the future," Theodoor van Boven ofCondomerie states.

Researcher Professor Michael Reece of the Center for Sexual HealthPromotion is an expert on his field of research. Earlier, he conducted astudy among couples in America. In the US condoms in different sizes arecommon. In Europe that is hardly the case. "It's very hard to buy perfect fitand feel condoms here," Van Boven says.

According to him, this study can initiate new trends in condomdevelopment and manufacturing and at the same time help safe sex education.Men are inclined to use condoms more often if the complaints about condomfailure are reduced.

Professor Reece is conducting his study in collaboration with a range ofhealth-related organizations, in order to collect as much information fromEuropean men as possible regarding their use of condoms, sexual behaviors,and particularly their scores on - and this is completely new - Reece'sCondom Fit and Feel Scale.

"The fit and feel issues that men report may be among those thatcontribute to their likelihood of using, or not using, condoms consistentlyand correctly. A better understanding of these factors will be beneficial toboth condom manufacturers and sexual health professionals who share a commongoal of increasing consistent and correct condom use and reducing theincidence of HIV and other STI," Reece says.

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