February 17, 2022
Hey, hey, it’s Nationwide Condom Week! From February 14th via the twenty first, we rejoice the wonderful condom, which is the one type of contraception that forestalls each unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
What have you learnt concerning the historical past of condoms? The place did they first present up? What supplies have been used to make them? And why do they matter a lot?
A Condom for Everybody
As of late, there are a number of condoms accessible, together with each inside and exterior. Inner (typically referred to as “feminine,” though they aren’t only for individuals who establish as feminine) condoms may be inserted into the vagina or anus. Exterior (typically referred to as “male” though they aren’t simply for many who establish as male) condoms match over the penis.
Condoms at present are steadily fabricated from latex (a kind of rubber). For many who have a latex allergy, there are condoms fabricated from plastic supplies like polyurethane, polyisoprene or nitrile. Some condoms are fabricated from lambskin (extra on that later), though these don’t defend towards STIs, simply being pregnant. Condoms at present can glow in the dead of night, are available varied shades of the rainbow and—for oral intercourse—come in numerous flavors. Experiment to search out out what you want!
Condoms have been round in a method or one other for hundreds of years. Some have mentioned that condoms are depicted in French cave drawings from 11,000 B.C.!
As talked about above, condoms are actually generally made out of latex. Latex condoms had been first accessible within the Twenties. Earlier than that, condoms fabricated from thicker rubber confirmed up within the 1850s. Sooner than that? Individuals proved how artistic they could possibly be with what was accessible to them!
For example, in response to Greek mythology, King Minos of Crete—whose semen was mentioned to include serpents and scorpions—used what we might now name an inside condom, however fabricated from a goat’s bladder.
It seems a number of supplies have been used to make condoms. Along with the intestines of varied animals, condoms have been constructed from oiled silk paper, linen, skinny leather-based, tortoise shell and animal horns. This will make you’re feeling much more appreciative of latex!
Exterior condoms are 98% efficient at stopping being pregnant when used completely. However attributable to human error, they’re often 85% efficient. Intention for good use by understanding the ins and outs of condom utilization, whether or not you’re having vaginal, anal or oral intercourse. Take a look at this information for essential ideas.
Condoms can be found in drugstores, supermarkets and on-line. It’s also possible to typically discover them for low or no price at well being clinics. Use our clinic finder to discover a well being clinic close to you.
In honor of those that spent years adapting and perfecting them to what they’re at present, rejoice condoms!
Photograph by Reproductive Well being Provides Coalition