I have always been curious as to how condoms became a thing so I decided to do some research on the topic. I’m pretty sure the site I found is fairly reliable (but it’s good to take it with a grain of salt because it’s just one story and it’s a big world, of course it’s important to keep in mind it’s a perspective so it’s likely that there are probably other perspectives and stories). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3649591/
So in greek mythology, there was this dude named King Minos. From what I’ve read he seems like he was a hardcore player slayer and cheated on his wife. It was said that his sperm contained ” scorpions and serpents” which apparently killed his mistress. His wife was obviously scared that she would die too and at that time it wasn’t an option for people to just leave their husbands, so what does Pasiphae (the wife) do? Pasiphae took a goat’s bladder (p.s sheep skin condoms are used today) and made it into an internal condom. Yes, it said that she shoved goat organs up her vagina but apparently there are controversies that the goat bladder was worn by Minos and not Pasiphae. Who knows. But end of story, Pasiphae had like 8 kids with Minos so clearly the goat bladder did not protect her against pregnancy. But she didn’t die from the “scorpions and serpents.”
So from what I understand, condoms started in Greece (good job Greeks, you make amazing food and began the creation of contraceptives) and the Egyptians picked up on this and constructed a condom like a glan cap that was dyed different colours for different classes of people to protect them from the bilharzia disease (disease caused by parasitic flatworms called schistosomes). Apparently your urinary tract and intestines can get infected by this.
Ancient Romans also took animals bladders to protect the women from getting STIs. I found it very interesting that these condoms were not used to prevent pregnancies but to protect them from STI’s. I guess at that time they weren’t really worried about making babies. But that makes sense though because they knew how to deal with babies being born but didn’t really have the resources to fight off unknown infections.
Now jump forward a couple thousand years to the 1800’s. In 1860 there was this inventor named Charles Goodyear. Goodyear found a way to turn rubber into a malleable structure which produced latex. To create latex you heat up sulfur and natural rubber to create the malleable structure that has a higher elasticity and tensile strength. So BOOM we have latex condoms.
Now readers, you are filled in on the basic history of condoms.
Personally, I always carry at least one condom with me. It’s just good to be prepared, you really have no idea what could happen and it is better to be safe than sorry. Don’t get me wrong, sex does feel way better without a condom but if you’re not in a committed monogamous relationship you really don’t want to end up with your random hookup or fuck buddy’s baby or infection that they could be carrying. But if you’re not going to use condoms just be aware of the risks. I’m not saying that if you are in a committed monogamous relationship that you shouldn’t use condoms, I just feel like if you’re in one then you’re less likely to pick up diseases (if your partner is not an anti-condom cheater).
Anyways, yeah I know condoms suck, blah blah blah but honestly I have tried different brands of condoms and I have found that the lifestyle skyn condoms are pretty good. They are a latex free soft material that is still as strong as premium latex. I was introduced to lifestyle skyn condoms from a friend of mine that found out she was allergic to latex. She found that when she used latex condoms she would get irritated so she decided to try these latex free condoms and it worked. When she used skyn condoms she was no longer irritated. So if you find that you are getting reactions from condoms, please do not ditch wrapping the willy. Try latex free condoms or talk to your doctor or nurse, explain what is going on and ask for their recommends.
Condoms have changed throughout history and have protected billions of people.
Condoms are not the only way to protect yourself from STIs.
Other ways of protecting yourself against STIs include;
- Talking honestly with potential partners about your and their sexual histories
- Getting tested along with your partner before having sex
- Avoiding sex when under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Getting vaccinated against the human papillomavirus (HPV) and hepatitis B (HBV)
- Get STI screening done more than once a year
Well that’s all for now readers. I hope you all learned something and remember, don’t be silly wrap that willy!