Condoms – Past and present

Condoms is one of the oldest contraceptive items in human history. Up to now, in the world, about 5-7 billion condoms are used each year.

Researchers believe that condoms were used by mankind 3,000 years ago. Ancient paintings show that the  Egyptians  were the first citizens of the earth to use it. The bags are made of linen that they use to fight sexually transmitted infections.

Many ancient paintings about 1,800 years ago in caves in the  Combarelles  (France) also have condoms. In addition, it is reported that some types of bags were used in the  Roman Empire.

In the early 1500s,  syphilis  spread in Europe and people rushed to buy condoms to avoid the disease. Gabrielle Fallopius  was the first in the world to print detailed descriptions and instructions for the use of a linen condom.

In the 1600s, a “modern” condom was discovered near Dudley Castle in the West Midlands (England). Here are 5 bags made from the intestines of animals.

Condoms - Past and present
This reusable condom dates back to 1640 and is still intact.

Origin of the word “condom”

The birth of a condom is like that, but up to now, people have yet to accurately explain the origin of the word “condom” (ie “condom” in English).

Western folktales claim that it comes from the name of  Doctor Condom , who provided King Charles II (England – 17th century) with “robes” for the king to prevent illness and avoid pregnancy in the clouds. sneaky rain.

Some other experts believe that  “condom ” comes from  the Latin word  “condus” , which means …  “bottle”.

It seems that the most logical and scientific solution is derived from Latin, condom means  “storage”. This time around, the popularity of condoms made from the intestines of animals began. How to make a condom from the intestines of animals : Dip sheep’s intestines in water for a few hours, then turn it up, dip in dilute alkali, turn face every 12 hours. After that, scrape off the mucus and fat and dry on sulfur smoke. Next, wash with soap and water, inflate it, dry it, cut it into penis length pieces, then sew one end. Before using, to soak in water to soft.

They are quite expensive so they are often reused. Although softer than linen bags, animal gut bags are nicknamed the  “armor against pleasure and infectious diseases”.

However, these bags are selling very well. By the middle of the 18th century, the condom trade from Amsterdam (the Netherlands) had spread to London, England.

In 1839,  Charles Goodyear  invented a vulcanization method that makes natural rubber flexible. Immediately, people thought of making condoms from new materials. But new products are thick … bicycle tubes, very bad and not reliable enough, so they are not very popular.

In 1930, the second revolution of condoms happened when people invented latex. With its toughness and low odor, this substance quickly dominates and is the raw material for most of today’s condoms.

Condoms - Past and present

The up and down life of condom

When born from the intestines of animals, condoms are too expensive, so they are only for the rich. But even this world is criticized because they are thick, inconvenient, rough, and create a sense of fear for someone who uses or just looks at them. In addition, the Church tried to deny condoms and saw them as symbols of  infidelity , only useful for husbands who were on the street but feared getting sick and didn’t want their children to fall.

During  World War I , condoms were distributed to soldiers to control the  spread of sexually transmitted diseases  in the military. End of the war, condoms were thrown into the street, considered cheap. It did not win the hearts of users in the early 20th century because at that time, society still believed that it was unusual for men to ” wear something ” to prevent pregnancy.

When  latex condoms first  came into being, there were rumors that Catholics working in condom factories secretly poked holes in all products through their hands with needles. The authorities must set up a quality inspection agency to remove rumors.

In the 1960s, when  birth control pills  and some antibiotics to prevent sex were born, condoms were thrown out for the second time. Only more than 20 years later, when humanity discovered the  HIV / AIDS virus , it returned and took the number one spot. Over those 20 years, condoms have made enough progress to reduce pregnancy by 99%.

The manufacturers war

In the early 1990s,  Japanese condoms  flooded the US market. Brands like ” Behind No. 7 “, ” Crown ” and ” Kimono ” are super thin quickly overtaken the country’s leading giants. They are much thinner than American products and give a natural ” nothing ” feel.

Refusing to surrender, Ansell counterattacked with the brand name  Lifestyles Xtra Pleasure . Exotic design with a dome at the top, this type has made the US market wobble. Carter Wallace quickly imitated it by releasing the Trojan Ultra Pleasure condoms and received a lot of praise.

Right at this point, a figure believed to be the ancestor of modern condoms appeared. An Indian physicist named  Alla Venkata Krishna Reddy  decided to reshape traditional products with the belief that “ if you develop a condom that can bring a lot of pleasure, people will use it ”.

The person  dubbed ” Leonardo da Vinci of the condom ” by the  New York Times took a long time to develop a type of condom capable of helping ladies to sublimate easily, and the product named  Pleasure Plus  is born. With its distinctive convex design, Pleasure Plus wins the team against other brands and quickly sets a benchmark that other companies must follow.

In 1995,  Durex , the world’s leading condom maker, launched the first synthetic plastic bag model,  Durex Avanti . Avanti’s special feature is heat conduction, odorless, and tasteless. And unlike latex, the condom can be used safely with oil-based lubricants. It is specially designed for those allergic to latex. Americans once again rushed to buy Avanti to try it out.

Overwhelmed by the success of Avanti and Durex, another manufacturer named Trojan rushed out the  Trojan Supra . This model is very similar to the Avanti in many respects, only that it is wider, softer and more comfortable. The best part is that it feels real, like not using it. Supra is considered by experts to be the world’s first “almost invisible condom”.

Key features have been recognized

Up to now, the world has understood and recognized the importance of condoms in preventing and preventing sexually transmitted diseases, and at the same time, there are hundreds of condoms manufacturers with multi form a lot of designs and designs all over the world.

Among them is Masculan condoms , a luxury brand from Germany. All Masculan products meet (even exceed) the most stringent European regulatory standards related to health and safety. The brand has been present in more than 80 countries and regions, including Vietnam.

In the Vietnamese market, Masculan condoms have been present and distributed in the market for more than 10 years, becoming one of the oldest and most prestigious products indispensable in the sex life of Vietnamese people.


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