WHO INVENTED CONDOM?
When and how condoms came about is a bit of a mystery. One story says one Dr. Condom supplied sheaths to King Charles II of England to prevent unwanted pregnancies and it all started from there, but most experts donâ€™t believe it. While some people said that ancient Egyptians wore condoms in different colors, but the earliest description of the condom appears in 1564, when an Italian anatomist claimed he invented a linen sheath, that he had 1,100 men try, to guard against syphilis. He later claimed that none of them contracted the disease.
ALL CONDOMS GIVE SAME AMOUNT OF PROTECTION
This is not true. There are three main kinds of condoms, latex, polyurethane, and animal skin or organic condoms (lambskin), they all help prevent pregnancy, but protection from disease is another story.
Latex condoms are the most popular and most inexpensive of the three, they are also the most effective kind of condom at preventing many STDs.
Recently, condoms made of polyurethane (a type of plastic) have also become available. Polyurethane condoms are usually thinner, stronger and less constricting than latex condoms. Because of this, they can help to increase sensitivity. Polyurethane condoms are more expensive than latex condoms, and they are as equally effective in preventing BOTH pregnancy and many STDs. But compared to latex condoms, polyurethane condoms are less elastic and looser-fitting, making them slightly more likely to break or slip off during sex.
There are also â€œnaturalâ€ condoms, which are made of animal membranes (lambskin). This kind of condom supposedly has a more â€œnaturalâ€ feel during sex than latex and polyurethane. They are also expensive and although they are effective at preventing pregnancy, they do not decrease the spread of many sexually transmitted diseases because of the tiny holes which viruses can get through but sperm canâ€™t. Natural condom is made from the intestinal membrane of a lamb and those small pores make it ineffective in protecting against viruses that cause STIs. But they do protect against pregnancy, since the pores are too small for sperm to pass through.
DOES SIZE MATTER IN CHOOSING A CONDOM?
Yes, though regular-size condoms will be fine for most men. But since a condom can only protect whatâ€™s covered, itâ€™s important to find a condom that fits well and thatâ€™s not too short, too tight, or too big. A condom that is too short could allow diseases to be passed on, and one that is too big could slip in the heat of the moment. If you measure more than 7 inches long and your penis circumference is more than 5 inches around when you are aroused, you may need a larger condom size. And they sell it in the market, just ask.
I NEED TO LUBRICATE THE CONDOM
For whatever reason, that your woman is not wet enough for penetration, it might be alright to lubricate. But never use oil based lubricant like petroleum jelly or baby oil, it will damage the latex. Ensure to use only water-based or silicone-based lubricants if you can get them, but if not, stick with water or saliva. Some women are irritated by saliva in their private parts though, so you might just want to stick with ordinary clean water. But you can still decide to buy only the type of condom that is already lubricated.
DOUBLING THE CONDOM DOUBLES THE PROTECTION
This is not true. You should know that doubling up wonâ€™t double your protection, or your pleasure. Using double condoms can cause friction between the two and increase the chance that theyâ€™ll break, so stick with one condom at a time and wear it correctly. Also, be careful during withdrawal and when you take the condom off, you donâ€™t want the condom to slip off and semen spill out.
I KEEP CONDOM IN MY WALLET OR GLOVE COMPARTMENT
Keeping your condom in your wallet or glove compartment is not ideal; a condom is more likely to break down if it has been exposed to air, heat and light for a long time. Your wallet will fold the condom and heat it up especially after keeping your wallet in your back pocket. The ideal place to keep a condom in the home would be a dry storage place like your bedside drawer, where it wonâ€™t get folded or heated up. And if you must carry a condom with you, let it be in a front pocket or bag for a few hours, and not for days and weeks.
Also know that condoms do have expiration dates, so make sure you check the expiration date on the wrapper before you suit up, especially when you buy from a local store that you donâ€™t trust. Be safe!