Condoms are the most reliable and safest method of stopping the transmission of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) and undesirable pregnancies. Condoms work well when used correctly with every act of sexual intercourse. Condoms
seldom break if properly used. There are some interesting facts associated with condoms which we are discussing below:
» Charles Goodyear in 1844 obtained the first patent on a crepe rubber condom.
» Condoms hold about 16 cups or 1 gallon or 3.8 litres of water on an average. That's larger than most Milk Bottles.
» Over 90% of modern day condoms are made of latex. Others are made from polyurethane or lamb intestines.
» Studies have sown that ancient Egyptians had used condoms as early as 1350 BC. These were reportedly made from animal bladders or intestines.
» Condoms are made from a wide variety of materials over the years like as linen, lamb, sheep, and goat intestines, fish skin, silk and thin leather.
» Studies have also shown that only Latex condoms can stop the transmission of HIV. There is risk in using Polyurethane and lamb condoms as they do not stop the transmission of the virus.
» Oils and lotions will cause latex to breakdown. So it is better to use water or silicone based lubricants when using latex condoms.
» Using 2 or more condoms at the same time is more dangerous than using 1. The friction between the two can cause tearing and ripping.
» Exposure to sunlight or heat or old condoms can weaken and harden the condoms. They can tear during use. Always keep them in a cool and dry location.
» During World War II, condoms were used to cover rifle barrels so that they were not damaged by salt water as the soldiers swam to shore.
» Condoms have been sold in vending machines since 1928.
There are around 100 different brands of condoms in the market.
» 5 000 000 000 condoms are sold annually.