Condoms are already the best method to keep sexually transmitted diseases at bay, but, now, a revamped version of condoms could both improve the couples’ sex life and encourage for safe sex. Namely, condom with self-lubricating design promotes for safe sex.
According to sexologists, the most significant downside of condoms is the lack of lubrication as the majority of the latex used by condoms producers is relatively rough which might cause discomfort for both men and women. Additionally, a rough latex can also cause the condom to break.
As a consequence, a UK survey of 2017 revealed that the majority of teenagers in England does not use condoms just because they cut out of the pleasure of the sexual intercourse. So, youngsters are more exposed to sexually transmitted diseases, not only across the UK but worldwide, due to the current condoms.
Now, researchers believe they came up with a new type of condom which gets slippery when wet, and they hope the majority of people would use them.
Condom With Self-Lubricating Design Promotes For Safe Sex
“The idea was could we come up with technology where the condom would be kind of self-lubricating? In other words, in the presence of just moisture or water or vaginal fluids, it would basically become slippery,” said Professor Mark Grinstaff, the study’s co-author, and a researcher at the Boston University.
The research, funded by Bill And Melinda Gates Foundation, came up with condoms with water-loving polymers, bound to the surface of the latex by a 30-minute exposure to UV light, as reported by The Guardian.
“Those water-loving polymers hold on to the water at the surface, and that makes it slippery,” added Grinstaff. “The next step would be a study with partners to see if, in fact, this does translate to a physical outcome of more enjoyable sex,” he added.
“The last advance in condom technology is more than 50 years ago, and that was when silicon oil got introduced as a lubricant. We are using our grandparents’ technology in the 21st century, which is crazy,” concluded Mark Grinstaff.