Condoms are known and widely used as contraceptives. You already know this, but do you know some interesting facts about them? We’ll tell you about some rarely-known facts!
1. Condoms have been used for a looooong time – close to 15,000 years!
What we’re trying to say is that since time immemorial, even ever since people used to live in caves, condoms were being used. It may even have been 12,000 to 15,000 years ago. The book “Johnny Come Lately, A Short History of Condom”, written in 1985, mentioned this contraceptive as being as old as time.
2. The first condoms were not made of rubber.
Yep! Earlier, when the use of condoms had just started, they were not made of latex. They were made from the intestine. Apart from this, they were made from fish skin, animal horns, their body’s bladder / inner stomach etc.
The world’s oldest condom is kept in a museum in Austria. The condom is from 1640. It was made in Sweden. It is said that the condom was put in hot milk so that it became disinfected.
3. The idea of making condoms came from the tyres of trains.
Yeah, tyres. The year the guerrillan tyre vulcanization campaign began, the idea of condom was awakened. The year was 1855. It is for the same reason that despite being made of latex, rubber is still the recommended choice.
4. Keeping a condom on a firearm can prevent the firearm from rusting
Weird, we know. But apparently in World War II, soldiers kept their guns wrapped in a condom so that they could be saved from rusting with salt water.
5. Condoms can hold insane amounts of water!
Did you know that condoms have the capacity to hold 10 liters of water? (when they’re not being used for sex, of course)
6. Condoms are mostly bought by women..
Although this is a rather unfortunate thing to happen, and needs to be equalised, 40% of condom sales are due to women. It’s true. Women also carry the risk of unwanted pregnancy. So they are more likely to be worried, and hence, careful.
Hope this has been informative! Don’t be shy about talking about condoms. We all need to work towards breaking the silence and speaking up more about sexual health and activities.