In a classic case of "do as I say not as I do," it seems thirtysomethings are less responsible about having protected sex than the under-20 set.
According to a recent British study, teens aged 16-19 are twice as diligent about using protection when having sex with a new partner as those in the 35-44 age group. The results were particularly astounding to Brit officials, as the STD rate there has risen six percent in the past year.
"Interventions are urgently required for people in their 30s and 40s and older who are increasingly forming new partnerships," the study's lead researcher told Metro.
Before anything becomes "urgently required" on this side of the pond, here are some solutions to some common condom complaints from the older and arguably un-wiser set:
Complaint #1: It feels better without a condom.
Solution: Kimono MicroThin condoms, 12pk for $12.00, offer barely there protection.
Complaint #2: My man's bigger than the average bear.
Solution: Trojan Magnum XL condoms, three boxes of 12 for $17.00, claim to be the biggest, widest you can get.
Complaint #3: He's smaller than the average bear.
Solution: Lifestyles Snugger Fit condoms, 12pk for $5.95, are "designed to hug better" so they "feel better."
Complaint # 4: I've never used a female condom, how do I do it?
Complaint # 5: We're 40. Are we really still having the safe sex talk?