Condoms reduce the risk of getting sexually transmitted diseases. But they've also been a nightmare for many men.
Imagine getting ready for sex, with signals already sent to your brain to get you aroused, but your erection softens every time you place a condom over your penis.
This condition is called "Condom Collapse Syndrome." And a formal way of referring to it is "Condom Associated Erection Problems" (CAEP).
What causes condom collapse syndrome?
The condition has been linked to more psychological causes than physical ones as it's mainly due to anxiety. Suffering from this syndrome means you'll be nervous when it's time to get intimate, but your nerves still signals your brain, causing conflict. This makes your brain send the wrong signal to your penis, resulting in the loss of erection.
Some reasons for this condition are:
- Condom type/size
How to overcome condom collapse syndrome
Step 1: Problem detection
The first step to overcoming condom collapse syndrome is figuring out exactly what the problem is. You need to determine why you're going through what you're going through. You may need to see a sex expert to guide you through this process.
Step 2: Self-practice
One of the best ways to get over this condition is wearing a condom by yourself. When you're in your safe space, you can practice putting on the condom without your partner. That way you won't feel pressured or anxious. You can also try different positions to determine which works best for you.
Step 3: De-stress
You might be experiencing condom collapse syndrome due to stress, so you may need to find a way to relieve yourself of stress before trying to get some action. You can try exercising, changing diets, using meds, or talking to someone.
Step 4: Explore different condom types
Due to the variety of condoms, the problem might be with the kind of condom you are using. You should try out different condoms and various sizes to determine which one makes you comfy. Once you find the right one for you, stick to that brand or exact size for maximum performance.
Step 5: Talk to a therapist
Seeing a therapist can also help overcome this condition. If you're not comfortable talking to a therapist physically because of how sensitive it is or due to other reasons, you can speak to Nguvu Health and their specialists will attend to you.
Having condom collapse syndrome doesn't mean you can no longer engage in safe sex. It's not a permanent condition and you can get treatment without compromising your safety.
While it may take some time to fully be over it, the right steps will help you enjoy intimate experiences with your partner.
Don't know where to start or the right condoms for you? Book a free session with one of our Care Specialists to help you overcome condom collapse syndrome.