Condom - facts about

What is the condom ? How does condom work ? How effective is the condom ? How do I use a condom ? Why condom breaks ? To these questions and to many other you will find the answer below. Are you ready ? O.K., then start !

A condom is a device used for protection in sexual activities. Condoms are made of latex, polyurethane or lamb skin (natural condom), close at one end and open at another. Condoms come in different types of size, thickness, shape, width, length, different colors, flavors, etc. They also come with varying level of lubricants. There are condoms for man which "dress" the penis (put it on) and condom for woman which "covers" the interior of the vagina (put it in).

Condoms for both men and women act like a barier : prevent unwanted pregnancy by preventing the man's semen from entering the woman's vagina, so sperm can't reach a woman's egg and also protect males and females from getting sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV, stopping direct contact between penis, rectum, mouth and exchange of genital fluids like semen, vaginal fluids or blood, that may carry pathogen agents.

Most likely the name of condom comes from the Latin word condum which means "container".

Condom use can be traced back several thousand years. Images from around 1000 BC show the ancient Egyptians wearing linen sheathes although it is not mentioned anywhere the reason of using it - protection or ritual. The earliest evidence of condom use in Europe comes from scenes in cave paintings at Combarelles in France. A thread of condom history comes from Rome, where men wore the intestinal tubes of animals like sheep or goat. The first public trials regarding prophylactic condom use were around 1500, in Italy, by Gabrielle Fallopius who found the linen sheath useful for prevention the syphilis epidemic that spread across Europe, and later discovered its usefulness for the prevention of pregnancy.

A very important date in condom history is 1844 that brought major technological innovation affecting condoms : Goodyear and Hancock began to mass-produce condoms made out of vulcanized rubber, quickly and cheaply. Vulcanisation is the process of treating crude rubber with sulphur and subjecting it to intense heat. This process turns the rubber stronger and more elastic. After 1930, latex was used to make condoms, because it was of superior quality than the rubber that was used in manufacturing condoms before 1930.

Another very important date in condom history is 1980s when HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus), the virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome), was identified. It was stated that the most effective way to protect against HIV, other than abstinence, is to use a latex condom each and every time you have sex. The use of condoms increased strikingly in many countries.

The female condom has been available in Europe since 1992 and in US since 1993. In 1994, the world's first polyurethane condom for men was launched in the US. Polyurethane is a material enabling a thinner, more sensitive film and also eliminating the problem of irritation due to latex allergy.

Using condoms is not such a big deal, but as any other operation it needs practice. Practice until your skills are perfect. If you will be "in the midle of the action" and without any practice you will be too nervous to do it right. Try it at home without the pressure of being watched. You can actually practice on your penis (much better) or with a banana or your vagina with the same condom until you get it right. And it's a good idea to know the right way to use condoms no mater you are a man or a woman, a heterosexual or a homosexual.

There is a right way and a wrong way to use condoms. Let's find out the right way ...