14014088 Image credit: Thinkstock

When you start getting passionate with someone, you might find that you want to slip under the covers as soon as possible! However, your partner will almost certainly not want you to rush. Furthermore, being too hasty could not only lead to an unsatisfying experience in the bedroom; it could also cause a condom malfunction.

A new study, published in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections found that almost seven per cent of people have rushed to put on a condom. This may not sound like a lot, but each time you hurry when it comes to wearing protection, the chances of it breaking or not working properly almost double!

Remember, it only takes one accident to cause an unwanted pregnancy or to contract a sexually transmitted infection (STI). If you avoid rushing, condoms will work a good 97 to 98 per cent of the time. However, hurried application causes condoms to fail roughly five per cent of the time.

Furthermore, the study found that you are more likely to get sick of the condom and simply take it off if you put it on in a rush. On average, 14 per cent of people do not keep a condom on throughout sex. When application is too hasty, this rises to 22 per cent.

Dr Lydia Shrier, one of the contributors to the study, said: "The message is to take your time. If you’re going to be using the condom, use it correctly so you avoid the type of problems we reported on."

However, a rushed condom is better than no condom at all. If you are in a hurry to start rocking your headboard, you should definitely not assume that there is no point putting a condom on. They are still the best way to prevent STIs and pregnancy, after all!

Try not to see putting on protection as a chore. You can buy all kinds of flavoured, ribbed and even performance-enhancing condoms that can make your next sex session even better! That way, you can remain safe without killing the passion.