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From tortoise shell to latex

TortoiseThe most effective way to protect yourself and your partner(s) from the risk of infection from sexually transmitted infections (STI) are condoms and water-based lubricant – every time you get fucked or fuck.

We started using condoms around 3000 BC, and have been made out of all sorts of materials:

  • horn
  • tortoise shell (for that extra sensitive, gentle touch)
  • oiled paper
  • linen
  • animal gut
  • leather

Up until the 1930s, rubber condoms were thick, washable and re-usable. However, the development of latex in the late 1930s meant that thinner, disposable condoms could be produced. More recently, we have seen the arrival of a polyurethane condom that is stronger than latex, although more expensive. However, being thinner, sensitivity should be greater, and it is the only condom that can be used with oil-based lubricants.

History of the Condom: Why It’s Still the Only Contraception for Men | Esquire | 13 Jul 2022
 A Brief History of the Condom | Very Well Health | 26 Apr 2020

History of condoms from animal to rubber | Wellcome Collection
Condom History | Wikipedia

The Humble Little Condom: A History | Anne Collier | Penguin Random House

How a condom is made | BillyBoyUSA* | 13 Sep 2011 | 8m 38s

Condom HIV prevention short films (2009-11)

Get it on | Durex | posted by | 2009 | 0m 30s
Loop de Loop - Condoms | posted by Daniel Luke | 2011 | 0m 44s
AIDES Smutley | posted by AIDES | 2011 | 2m 20s

A little tedious, perhaps, but we feel we should clarify that MEN R US has no relationship with any of the condom manufacturers featured in this section and acknowledges there are many many other brands available to purchase online, from chemists, shops and supermarkets, etc... but some are also FREE from many sexual health clinics.

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