Ten Shocking Facts You Never Knew About Condoms
Ready for a history lesson?
Sometimes condoms do get a bad rap, but these 10 interesting condom facts will make you realize that current condom users don’t have it too badly after all.
1. They’re hardly a new invention.
Condom design and manufacturing has made some impressive advances in the last hundred years, but the condom itself is far from new. The oldest known claim to the use of condoms if actually part of a cave painting in Grotte des Combarrelles in France. The paintings in this cave are estimated to be between 12,000 and 15,000 years old.
2. Condoms haven’t always covered the full length of the penis.
Prior to the 15th century, men in China placed bits of oiled silk paper over their glans only, and men in Japan used tortoise-shell “caps.” Ah, how Japanese condom technology has improved.
3. The first large-scale case of condom use occurred in the 16th century.
Gabriele Fallopio claimed that he invented a linen condom that was soaked in a chemical solution, allowed to dry, and tied on the penis with a ribbon. He tested his condom by having 1,100 men wear them while having intercourse with women infected with the “French Disease” (syphilis) and claimed they didn’t contract the disease. We’re pretty sure this would violate modern standards of ethical experimentation.
4. The average condom can hold as much as a gallon of liquid.
Of course, that’s without the male member in it, but still, very impressive. That lets you know that no matter the level of your guys’ output, your condom will keep you covered.
5. Condoms don’t actually desensitize men.
We’ll admit that this may have been true at one time, but no longer. Today there are condoms that taste delicious (and are actually made with the same kind of flavorings that go in to food), feel amazing, and get both you and your partner to that O so delightful place.