Condom, rubber, raincoat… you’ve likely learnt the many names of condoms by now. They’re one of the most used methods of contraception as they’re easily accessible, affordable and important for preventing STIs and pregnancy. But, there’s also a lot you might not know about condoms.
Prepare yourself because we’ve got some great information for you, see our interesting facts about condoms that you did not know.
Condoms Were Used Back in the B.C Era
Even our ancestors were concerned about safe sex. According to researchers, the earliest known proof of a penis covering can be seen in cave paintings. A French cave called Grotte des Combarrelles has wall paintings of a man who appears to be using a condom. This painting is estimated to be 15000 years old.
However, it is unclear as to what was used to ‘shealth’ the penis, but it’s interesting to know that our ancestors were wise enough to condomise.
The first documented condoms were recorded in the early A.D. period and were made of pieces of linen that were sewn together by hand. Some of these condoms were designed to fit the whole penis and others just the tip of it. Linen condoms were made popular again in the 1400s until the 1700s.
We’re a little unsure how comfortable this was for either partner, or how much protection a piece of linen could provide for preventing pregnancy or from STIs, but all inventions start somewhere.
Valentines Day Condoms
According to a 2017 Sex Survey, 68% of Millennials say that they have the most sex on Valentine’s Day. This survey included more than 3,000 sexually active men and women between the ages of 18 and 34.
Ironically, the 14th of February is also National Condom Day in some countries. This is highly applicable as another study found that an on average 87 condoms are used every second during Valentine’s Day. This totals to a whopping 7,516,800 condoms used on Valentine’s Day alone.
Condoms Have Expiry Dates
Yes, we know – when you’re in the mood, the first thing on your mind is probably NOT the expiration date. But it’s an important fact to consider as condoms have an average shelf life of four years! And that’s if you store them in a cool and dry place, NOT jammed into your back pocket or wallet.
Don’t fall for this myth! Many people believe that using two condoms means double the protection but this is not that case. Using two does NOT offer any additional protection. In fact, double-wrapping increases the chances breakages, increasing the risk of pregnancy and STI contraction. Instead, prevent breakage by focusing on the quality of your product, make sure to use the correct size and ensure good lubrication.
Women Account for almost half of Condom Sales
When it comes to your sexual health, sometimes it’s best to take matters in your own hands. According to recent data, 40% of condoms are sold to women. Proactive women are taking responsibility for their own sexual health and planning ahead. Well done ladies!
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