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History of condoms 

History of condoms 

Some of the oldest depictions of condoms are in Egyptian drawings. In fact, it's reported the Egyptians had them in multiple colours. Whether it's for pregnancy prevention, safety from disease or for ritual is unknown.

A.D 1400
    In the 1400 Glans condoms were popular throughout Asian upper classes. It is a device that sits at the very head of the penis. The Chinese used oil silk paper or lamb intestine, while the Japanese used harder materials such as an animal horn or tortoiseshell. As you can imagine, this conom fell off easily and even became lodged inside a woman, especially with the harder ones. 

      Italian physician and atomist Gabrielle Fallopiu suggested a linen cloth to be soaked in chemicals and used as protection for intercourse. The linen sheath was pulled onto 1,100 participants for a test, tied around the penis and then utilised. Not a single person tested positive for syphilis, and thus the condoms made their way into the mainstream. 

     During an excavation at Dudley’s castle in west mainland a castle, the toilet was being emptied and its contents were remarkably intact. The British museum explored the historical fecal matter and found several animal membrane condoms, thought to be the earliest evidence of animal membrane condoms being used in Post-Medieval Europe.

     The word ‘Condon’ appeared first in1666 by the British as a factor in reduction to birth rates. Condoms during this time were available to buy in pubs, chemists, markets and barber shops, however, due to their cost and the lack of sex education their use was limited to middle and upper classes.

    Casanova was thought to have been a frequent user of condoms to protect himself and his many lovers from infection. His memories depict a story of him and some ‘lightly clad women’ and their amusement at the shape the condoms took when blown out. 

1855, a Goodyear
     Charles Goodyear invented a condom made out of natural rubber roughly 250 years after the first fabric condom was invented with spermicide.  And chemicals. These condoms were still very thick, however, significantly safer and less likely to break. In fact, it was recommended to wash out the condom and re-use it until it perished. 

1890-1905 Dunlop Vs Ansell
    The Australian arm of Dunlop by this time was run by a catholic chairman who was uncomfortable with making condoms and shut down the operations In 1905. Ansell coincidentally was working gin the factory at this time and saw the condom equipment being placed into storage. He offered to buy it and with $60 to his name, quit his job and founded Ansell rubber. Interestingly enough Ansell was purchased by Dunlop in 1969.

     German chemist and inventor Julius Fromm created a new manufacturing technique of dipping glass moulds into rubber. “Cement’ Dipping went on to facilitate the mass production of condoms.

     Germany was the only country distributing condoms during the war. It is estimated the 5% of the 4 Million strong British Army contracted venereal diseases during this time. The Americans handed out a ‘Dough Boy Prophylactic’ used to help treat syphilis and gonorrhea. 

     The ban on condom advertising lifted and condoms were allowed to be sold exclusively to prevent venereal disease, not prevent birth.

     The invention of latex condoms Fredrich Killian, from Ohio, invented the latex condom which is cheaper to produce, more durable and thinner.

    This period saw the rise of marketing campaigns from condoms brands such as Trojan and Ansell. This time also saw the development of quality control testing. Such as filling condoms with air before selling on. The defect condoms were repackaged and sold as a cheaper alternative. 

     The introduction of the reservoir tip helping to catch semen in the tip to reduce spilling greatly increased the effectiveness of condoms. 

     By 1953 electronic testing came to dominate quality control testing by this time the defect consumed were disposed of not repackaged. 

     Non-latex Polyurethanecondoms gave people with latex allergies a chance to enjoy safe sex without irritation.

     By 1995 the condom reached near perfection and we had no choice but to create flavours, textures, increase thickness etc. 

    The invention of Polyisoprene Condoms an even safer and stretcher alternative for non-latex. 

    Sagami manufacturer World’s Thinnest Condom at 0.01mm. The creator claims  he “doesn't know how it can get much thinner than that.”

     Hope you enjoyed the horny history of condoms! If you want to know more about condoms read Condoms…. Make Vaginas Healthy? or Penis Size: How Do You Measure up?

Lexi, XX

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