Everything you are used to having today has a history, even the latex things a guy puts around his p*nis before a steamy workout session. Condoms have a long twisted history and here it is.
You probably never thought of the history of condoms, I’m sure. Never will you spot a couple going, ” I wonder…” but it is pretty interesting.
Here we go:
You must be
Let’s hope it wasn’t invented by someone named Don Condom. The thought of having two guys inside you at the same time sounds terrifying.
Older than you know:
Older than the oldest heirloom in your family, evidence proves that condoms have existed since caveman times.
I don’t mean the latex version of it has existed since the B.C. times but some ancient form of it. Two caves in France known as Grotte des Combarelles supposedly have paintings that represent condoms. The closest next evidence of a condom being used was in Homers Illiad.
It is the first evidence of a woman’s condoms from 3000 BC.
The Cloth sheath:
Linen sheaths are known to have been used to protect Egyptian p*nises from tropical insects and diseases. Romans in the same era used animal bladders for similar purposes.
Egyptians mummified their p*nises to protect them.
First one for contraception:
Glans condoms covered the head of the penis and it was
As time went by, they started using Tortoise-shell and Rhino horns to do the dance with their ladies. I feel yucky, you feel yucky, we all feel yucky reading that. Makes me wonder how they ever did it.
The first ever rubber condom was created in 1855 and went through a lot of bumps. This was made out of bicycle tyres and didn’t make for a great solution to make the ladies feel comfortable. The lack of lubrication in 1855 probably made it worse for the women.
The only good thing was that it was successful as a contraception method and a big advantage to men with small dings.
Lube did us good
The UK invented the most integral part of condoms that make it so reliable and easy to use – lube. In the year 1957, the UK invented this miraculous liquid that saved us all from ever needing to spit anywhere ever again. This was and remains to this day… life changing.
They actually came out with lubricated condoms but to this day, it remains an intgral liquid in all our lives. I know it is in mine.
AIDS spearheaded the condom market
The widespread uncurable disease, AIDS is what caused people to get to actually using condoms.
After it was confirmed that HIV is a sexually transmitted virus, having casual sex with anyone without a condom became imperative.
Fun in the 80s
The condom became a lot more fun in these vibrant Madonna years. The amazing chocolate you like sucking on so much? Thank the 80s. These are the years that brought all the colours and textures and flavours to the condom industry.
They were not always Legal
The United States is known for its dumbo president today but how dumb exactly was this country?
Well, the use of condoms was illegal in the US until 1918 and that is news to me too. This is because sex was viewed as a bad activity but the invention of latex in 1920 fixed that issue.
The Condom industry is HUGE
Condoms have a variety of competitors including the female condoms, birth control pills and the world famous pull-out method. But this does not take away from the market for the product that prevents STDs and is a contraceptive that has flavours as though it is an ice-cream.
The global condom industry reached the $6 Billion in the year 2015 and continues to grow at a very consistent rate.
This has been a wild roller-coaster ride and we sure are glad we are living the 21st century after reading all that, aren’t we?