Condoms have a quite long history
Condoms have a quite long history. They were made from sheep intestine, thin leather, turtle shell, horn, or thin silk paper, until the invention of a stronger and more resistant material – industrial rubber.
- Condoms could be bought from shops as early as in the 16th century, but at that time they were available only in London.
- In the 1840s, vulcanized rubber was invented in Europe. It became the predecessor of today’s most popular contraceptive.
- In 1844, Hankook and Goodyear started mass-production of condoms.
- The first condom advert was published in the New York Times in 1861.
- Latex condoms are in production since 1880.
- In 1930, around 1.5 million condoms were manufactured a day by fifteen largest U.S. enterprises.
- 1957 was the year that British company Durex brought to the market the first lubricated condoms.
- Female condoms were introduced in 1992 in Europe and in the next year in the States.
- Colored and scented condoms became available in the 1990s.
- 9 billions condoms were sold all over the world in 2006.
Until this day, condoms have remained the most reliable protection against sexually transmitted disease. At the same time, female condoms aren’t that popular. This is mainly due to much better awareness of male condoms, but there also many misconceptions about their level of comfort.
A gynecologist shared an interesting story about women’s condoms: “There was this woman who was awfully worried about finding the right contraceptive, since she had developed allergies for most common options. Her doctor suggested that she’d try a female condom. But when the time came to use it in action, its placement caused so many laughs that attention quickly shifted from intercourse to the condom itself. In the end, the situation became so ridiculous that making love was called off for that night.”
Source : Wikipedia