Many complain about the little silicon barrier used for protection during sex, but new research suggests that the condom plays no part in reducing the pleasure of sex.
In fact, safe sex was consistently rated as being "highly arousing and pleasurable", the same rating as unprotected sex.
The study, which was conducted online by Dr Debby Herbenick, a researcher from Indiana University, also found that men did not find it difficult to maintain erections
"We need to understand how people make choices about the products they use and how these products contribute to the safety and pleasurable aspects of their sexual experiences," he was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying.
The online questionnaire gathered information on the sexual behaviours of men and women between the ages of 18 and 59.
It revealed that women are not as familiar with condom-use as men, and are not able to tell if the condom is lubricated.
"It’s important for more women to become familiar with the condoms they use with their partner so that they can make choices that enhance the safety and pleasure of their sexual experiences," Herbenick said.
He hopes these findings will help in the fight against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unwanted pregnancies.
According to the The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the US, a high percentage of infection spread every year is the sexually-transmitted infection, Chlamydia. Frighteningly, of those contracting this STI, a large portion fall into the 16 to 24-year-old age group and can remain symptom-free for some time, even while spreading the infection.
Editor of the Journal of Sexual Medicine, Irwin Goldstein, told the Daily Mail that learning more about condom-use will give health care practitioners an opportunity to improve education around safe sex.