Do Condoms Make You Soft? 10 Ways To Stay Hard

woman holding a condomDo you face a regular race against time to put a condom on, before your penis softens to the point where you can’t have sex?

It’s a frustrating problem I’ve faced on many occasions over the years, and contributed to my problem of getting an erection with a new partner.

I’m happy to report though that I’ve found some effective techniques for dealing with this unfair and embarrassing problem.

So here are my top tips if you also find that condoms make you soft just when you really need to be hard.

1. Wait until you’re 100% charged

In my experience, there are 2 types of erection. There’s the 75% “it’s good enough, let’s go!” erection.

And then there’s the 100% “look at the veins on that thing!” erection.

If you have a problem with condoms making you go soft, you need to wait until you get a 100% solid “I could knock through walls with this thing” erection before reaching for a condom.

Joking aside, this is probably the best tip I can give you. If you try with a semi-erection, it’s more likely to become a quarter erection, leading to the vicious circle of worrying it will happen again and again.

So just keep at the foreplay stage for as long as it takes to get so hard, that even if you lose 10 to 20% of your erection when the condom is on, you’ll still be good to go.

Be patient and don’t rush in.

2. Let gravity work its magic

man standingThis is actually a great tip for Erectile Dysfunction in general, and I’ve found it’s particularly useful when you most need a penis pumping blood boost.

If you lie on your back and try to get the condom on, it’s less likely to work in my experience. Simple as that.

Instead, when the moment is right, stand up, plant your feet firmly on the ground and put the condom on. Gravity will send extra blood from your big head to your little head, helping keep him hard.

I’ve also found that standing up just kind of makes you feel bigger and harder mentally, which then translates to a harder erection.

It’s also a good moment to inject some comedy into the situation, reducing the stress for both of you.

3. Don’t stress!

stressThis is probably the advice I’ve known the longest, but failed to do on many occasions. Stress, anxiety, worry, tension, insecurity – whatever you want to call it, it’s something you need to tackle.

Dealing with stress is a massive topic – people write entire books on it. But there are a few points that might help you out here.

  • Don’t worry if you get hard initially, but then go soft when the condom moment arrives. Relax, accept that sex isn’t always a smooth process, and go back to foreplay or whatever else turns you both on. Then try again a bit later.
  • Don’t allow yourself to worry that the same thing will happen each time. Be positive, tell yourself every time is a fresh start.
  • Breathe deeply and slowly as you’re approaching condom time. It will help keep the blood flowing around your body.
  • Don’t express anger or frustration, or rip off the condom, throw it against the wall and slump onto the bed in a sulk. Stay calm, stay cool, tell your partner it just happens sometimes and turn your attention to them for a while to take the pressure off you.
  • In the longer term, try to see it as a positive challlenge rather than a failure or weakness. Life is full of challenges to face up to and ovecome, and this is no exception. Changing your outlook in this situation can help immensely.

4. Do some condom testing

a condom selectionThere are countless types of condoms, with a wide range of sizes, thickness, flavors, ribbed designs and even extras like desensitizing gel inside.

If you know you’re sensitive to condoms, it’s a good idea to do some research and find one which fits well, feels good and doesn’t strangle the poor guy.

Don’t just accept freebies or whatever the local store has in stock. This is your penis after all, so treat him with respect and get him the highest quality, best fitting and comfortable jacket in town.

5. Get your partner to put the condom on for you

One minute you’re passionately kissing and enjoying each others’ bodies. The next you’re on your own trying to pass the condom test. It can feel like an abrupt transition from pleasure to a rather tense moment.

So why not ask your partner to put the condom on for you? It might feel sexier that way, and takes the pressure off of you to get the job done.

Personally, I think this works well sometimes and not so well other times.

If your partner isn’t very good at putting condoms on, they might accidentally dig their nails into your skin or take so long, your penis goes to sleep. If this is the case, you perhaps need to show them how to put it on well.

It might be that they are too slow and awkward, and that you can put it on much quicker, reducing the time frame between starting to lose your erection and penetration.

So my feeling is that this is one to experiment with, but make your own mind up on.

6. The 6 P’s

condom in pocket“Where the hell are the condoms?” isn’t a thought that will help you out in this situation.

If you have to get out of bed and frantically rummage through your drawers, wallet or bathroom cabinet, you can be pretty sure the race against time just turned Olympic.

So make sure you know exactly where the condoms are, and that they are within easy reach of wherever you are.

The 6 Ps: Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Penis Performance

7. Prime your partner

Following on with the concept of preparation, it’s also good to make sure your partner is primed and ready. Once you’ve got the condom on, the best way to keep your erection, or get it back to 100%, is to be having sex, not more foreplay.

So before you put it on, make sure your partner is turned on with manual or oral sex. And if they aren’t particularly open or naturally lubricated, either work on them a bit more or have some lubricant at the ready too.

And once you’ve got the condom on, stay on top at first to get that gravity working for you some more.

8. Laughter is the best medicine

Light-hearted and fun sex is often the best sex. Bringing some humor into the bedroom helps keep awkwardness, embarrassment and insecurity out of it.

If you go floppy, so what? Laugh about it, stay cool and don’t make a big stressful drama out of it. Take ownership of the problem, talk and joke about it, and above all make sure your partner doesn’t lie there silently thinking she’s not hot enough to turn you on.

Laughter can also help you relax, both physically and mentally, which in turn will increase the chance of you getting your iron man erection.

9. Stay away from desensitizing products

If you suffer from premature ejaculation, one of the main ways to deal with it is to use a desensitizing spray or condom. These are notorious for causing erection problems though, due to the obvious loss of sensitivity.

So if you do have problems keeping an erection when you use a condom, I would avoid using anything containing Lidocaine, Benzocaine or Prilocaine.

If you do want to use these products to help with your sexual stamina, at least try to use the smallest possible amount.

It’s also worth mentioning at this point that other things can lead to a loss of sensitivity and erection problems. For example, too much alcohol, heavy food, some medications and recreational drugs.

10. Does your penis only go soft with condoms?

It’s also important to look at the bigger picture. Do you only have problems with erections when condoms are on the scene?

Or do you regularly have problems getting or maintaining an erection when masturbating, receiving manual or oral sex, or in the middle of sex?

If this is the case, it’s probably a good idea to learn more about Erectile Dysfunction. This is something which, although stressful, can usually be dealt with very well.

It can be useful to speak to a doctor about it if you feel it’s a serious problem, as there can be many different physical causes they can rule out. And you can also find out a lot online if you do some research.

You might also like to read

For more information about erection problems, you might find the following articles interesting:

My review of viagra

My problems getting an erection with a new partner

Your views

Do condoms tend to ruin your erection and make you soft? Have you found any way to cope with it that isn’t in this article that you could share with other readers?

Feel free to share you story, ideas and ask for advice in the comments below.

4 CommentsLeave a comment

  • This is the best article I have read about using condoms when you have this issue. Thank you, very much appreciated.

  • Thanks for this fantastic article! I have this exact problem, and have done for years. It’s annoying because I want to be able to use condoms sometimes, but 8 times out of 10 I lose my erection and it takes ages to get it back again which ruins the moment. Your tips sound like they might help so I’m going to try them out with my gf. Thanks again

    • Hi James
      You’re welcome, and I’m glad you found the article useful. I know exactly what you mean – as a guy, condoms are the best way we can ensure we’re doing our part where contraception is concerned, protecting both ourselves and our partner. So it’s not great if we stop using condoms because we can’t actually use them properly. I hope the tips work for you!
      Ethan

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