Condoms have been made from a wide array of things
right from linen to animal intestines and in some cultures quite early back,
tortoise shells were also used for the purpose! Then when rubber was used in
the vulcanised form, in 1840, they began to be referred to as ‘rubber’s as
is Condom Made of Today?
Today most of the popular brands of condoms are made
from latex rubber. Condoms made from polyurethane and animal tissues which are
known as natural skin condoms are available off the rack in stores. They are
available in a wide array of colours, textures and flavours as well. Purchasing
condoms do not require a prescription and it is easily available from stores
since 1960s. This makes it a convenient and easy contraceptive option to
prevent pregnancy. They also offer protection from sexually transmitted
diseases and infections.
Condoms Effective in Preventing Pregnancy?
Condoms are regarded as barrier method of birth
control as it acts as a thin shield that covers an erect penis. It is supposed
to be worn by the man before he has intercourse and should be immediately taken
off in order to effectively prevent any possible leakage. When the man is
wearing it, it traps the ejaculated sperm inside its tip and so that it does
not come in contact with the vagina. Each time sex happens, a new condom must
It has been found on a yearly basis, condoms can
effectively prevent pregnancy by 85%. Here again the effectiveness of this male
contraception depends on perfectly, properly and consistently it is used each
time the man has sex. In the way it is usually used, around 15% women stand the
risk of pregnancy.
is a possibility that the condoms break while having sex. Then the sperm
can spill out in the vagina increasing the risk of pregnancy.
based lubricants are not safe while using condoms. They include massage
oils, baby oils and petroleum jelly. The latex weakens when it comes in
contact with the lubricant and becomes unsuitable for use due to the
possibility of infections.
the condoms are not stored in a cool dry place, they may not be effective.
Side Effects of Condoms
and large there are no side effects observed in people using condoms. But
if either of the partners is allergic to latex, condoms might cause skin
the condom is lined with spermicide, and the man or the woman is allergic
to latex, the condition can be even worse. Then, this variety can also
cause urinary tract infection.
it is advisable to use condoms without the spermicide and opt for the
polyurethane or skin condoms to evade allergic reactions.
again, the polyurethane can easily break and the skin ones are more
expensive compared to the other varieties. Further, they may not offer
total protection against the sexually transmitted diseases.
one is not really a side effect but some men experience a reduction of
their sensitivity while wearing a condom.
men are also found to face erectile problems when they are wearing it or
It is important to note that every time the couple
has sex be it vaginal, oral or anal, a new condom must be used. Even while
switching from an oral to a vaginal one, a new condom must be used to maintain
the effectiveness of this male contraceptive option.