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History of the condom

As you know, a condom is a protective sheath that is placed on a man's penis to prevent semen entering a woman's uterus, thereby avoiding an unwanted pregnancy. It also protects against sexually transmitted diseases. Modern condoms are made of thin polyurethane or latex. They are available in different sizes, shapes, colors, and varying levels of lubricants.

History of the Condom

Not many people know about the history of condoms. Who invented them? Where were they first used? What was the first condom made of? In this article, we will briefly discuss how, where, when, and why the first condom was invented, and how it progressed over the years into its present form.

No-one knows exactly how the name "condom" came about, but it is thought that it may derived from the Latin word "condus" meaning container. Men who had certain diseases and bacterial infections would ejaculate into a container before having sex so that their partners would not become infected.


The condom is actually the oldest form of birth control since recorded history. The first version dates back thousands of years. Egyptian paintings show that the condom was used as far back as 950 BC. Paintings found in Europe indicate the same, although these are obviously not as old as the paintings in Egypt. Nevertheless, historians consider that the condom seen in European paintings can be considered to be the forerunner of the modern condom.

In other parts of the world, leather condoms were used. They were shaped like a pouch and sealed at one end. Japan also has an interesting history of condoms. Some of them were also made of leather while others were made of tortoise shell. In these early versions, it appears that no lubricants were used because there is no mention of this in history records.

In the 15th Century, condoms were first demonstrated to the public in Italy. The purpose was to prevent transmission of the disease, syphilis. These condoms were made of linen. The Italians were so concerned about syphilis that even Roman warriors put tubes on their penises. These were rather barbarically made from the intestines of dead opponents. They sometimes wore condoms made from the intestines of animals.

By 1700, the Romans were manufacturing condoms and selling them to the public. The material used was either shells or leather. The major breakthrough came during the 18th Century when rubber was invented. There was much excitement because this amazing new substance could stretch and it was also impermeable, making it the ideal material for condoms. Semen could not pass through it.

The discovery of rubber revolutionized the manufacture of condoms and, by the 1930s, they became even more sophisticated with the discovery of latex. Modern condoms are now made of polyurethane or latex. Apparently, latex is preferable because they are more reliable and are easily available in most countries. A latex condom can only be used with a water-based lubricant. Any lubricant with an oil base can destroy the latex. Polyurethane condoms are usually used by men who are allergic to latex. They are less flexible and more expensive.

5 Condom Errors not to be Made

The condom appears to be simple – but if you have ever made a mistake while wearing a condom, you are not the only one. Studies reveal that plenty of males make an error with this contraceptive support.

Condoms are very inexpensive and efficient form of birth control and STD control. But if you wear a condom in an improper way, it might lead to several problems: an undesired pregnancy, an STD- sexually transmitted disease – even erectile dysfunction. Actually, a new survey in the college males revealed that 32% had faced erectile dysfunction due to condoms – worn condoms upside down, broken condoms or condoms which easily come off.

Your 1st mistake is not taking the condom conversation with your spouse seriously. Studies prove that men who ignored talking about condoms before sexual intercourse generally faced embarrassment and anxiety – in turn, this had a negative impact on their performance.

Condom Mistakes

We present you some common condom mistakes – and ways to avoid them.

Mistake No.1: Choosing the wrong condom

Condoms are available in all sizes and types. Very tight condoms may stop the blood supply resulting in an erectile dysfunction. And if you select a condom which is big in size, it can come off during sex, which not only overpowers the purpose of condom, but also can nullify erection.

Condoms also are available with or without lubrication – when a condom is not properly lubricated, this could result in difficulty in erection.

Mistake No.2: Wrong timing

“A necessary rule on timing is to ensure that a condom goes on and unwraps an erect penis,” suggests Dr. Gilbert. IF you try wearing your condom before complete erection, it will not proceed easily. Wearing a condom till the erection is lost may be problematic as the semen might leak out.

Mistake No.3: Incorrect Technique

According to the studies the usual condom mistakes are putting it upside down, unrolling it before wearing and not leaving enough space at its tip. Gilbert says that not leaving enough space may be uncomfortable and result in a popped condom.

Mistake No.4: Storing Condoms in inappropriate place

‘A condom kept in a wallet for months before using may not be a trustable type of birth control. Condoms have last dates, so heed attention. Store them at a cool, dry place.

Mistake No.5: Missing a Latex Allergy

If you experience swelling or irritation, or your partner has swelling or irritation, after using a latex condom, check with your doctor. It might be a latex allergy, warns Gilbert.

Latex Allergy may cause contact dermatitis, a condition in which the body part in contact with latex gets red, itchy and swells.

Must-Follow steps for your Rubbers

Take proper time to choose the right condom, considering the size and lubrication. And never use sharp objects or teeth to undo condom package.

It’s necessary to know the procedure of using a condom properly (rehearse in private) and to talk about the condom use with spouse before having sexual intercourse.