For a very long time, condoms have been known to be highly preferred for safe intimacy and sexual relationship.
However, quite a lot of people do not know some important things about condoms, how it came about and some shocking things that surrounds its usage. Here are 6 things you never knew about condoms.
1. Only 5% Of Men Around The World Wear Condoms
Although it is a general belief that a condom helps in safe intimacy, it is, however, surprising that only 5% of men around the world use it. This percentage is really low considering the goal is 100%.
2. There Are Four Different Kinds Of Condoms
The commonest of all the types of condoms is the latex. For men with allergies, non-latex condoms are made from polyurethane. For those who are allergic to both latex and polyurethane, the third type is made of polyisoprene. Then there are lambskin condoms, which are actually made from lamb intestines, not skin. Finally, you can always pick up female condoms, which function drastically differently but are still designed to protect against pregnancy and STIs.
3. Modern Condoms Are Made From Tires
All thanks to Charles Goodyear for the first rubber vulcanisation process produced in 1855. Ever wondered why the present-day latex condoms are sometimes called “rubbers” by people like your grandfather and carnival barkers? It is because it was produced from tires.
4. Condoms Basically Have Not Been Redesigned Since They Were Invented
Since the evolution of the first condom in the 1920s, it has never been redesigned despite all the advances made with bumps and ridges. It has been the way it was first produced.
5. Condoms (On Average) Do Not Really Affect How Good The Sex Is
For those who think condom affect how good a sexual experience is, it is a fallacy. Surveys have shown that couples were just as satisfied with sex whether or not they used condoms. So considering condoms are 98% effective at preventing pregnancy and make sex more safer, “it doesn’t feel good” isn’t an excuse not to use one.
6. Women Account For Almost Half Of Condom Sales
A popular survey has shown that women buy more condoms than men. This means the women buy for their men than men buy for themselves. Women account for at least 40% of condom sales. Which is good, because you should pretty much always have them at hand.