Condom slippage and breakage rates: comparison of the Pleasure Plus and Trojan-Enz condoms.

Trussell J; Warner L; Hatcher R
[Unpublished] 1991 May 23. 6 p.

The Pleasure Plus (PP) condom is 0.11mm thick compared to 0.06-0.07mm for most other latex condoms. The reason for this is that the end of the condom is wider than the rest of its length. Since the gland of the penis is not restricted, as with most other condoms that are the same width their entire length, pleasure is not diminished by the thicker wall. Comparing the PP condom with the Trojan-Enz (TE), one of the most popular condoms marketed in the US, will allow for the evaluation of the structural integrity of the new condom. The study was conducted at Emory University Family Planning Program in Atlanta Georgia. 70 couples were enrolled who would not be at risk of pregnancy or STD. Female subjects were between the ages of 18-65, male subjects were between the ages of 21-58. Each female subject had to be willing to: use the study products during 6 acts of vaginal intercourse during a 4-week period, describe events surrounding the use of the study products candidly, and give written informed consent for their participation. The female subject's were 79% black, 18% white non-Hispanic, 2% white Hispanic, 2% Native American, and males were 16% white non-Hispanic, and 2% Native American. 2 of the 70 couples dropped out of the study, so results are for 68 couples. The breakage rate during intercourse or withdrawal, or prior to intercourse without being noticed, of the 203 PP condoms used, was 1.5% (3); of the 202 TE condoms used was 2.0% (4). The slippage rate for PP was 7.4%, for TE was 7.5%. The subjects's evaluation summary rating was on a scale of 1 to 10: female rating was 5.6 for TE, 6.9 for PP; male rating was 5.1 for TE, 6.4 for PP. None of these differences are statistically significant.

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