designs have changed very little in the 50 years since their
inception – notwithstanding adding colors and flavors, of course.
However, this could change with the help of researchers from Boston
University who announced the creation of a self-lubricating condom.
condom may help to stop unwanted pregnancies and the spread of
sexually transmitted infections such as chlamydia, gonorrhea and
of Arts & Sciences chemistry professor Mark Grinstaff said
slowing and stopping the spread of STDs like HIV is extremely
important. He, along with an interdisciplinary research team,
announced the condom’s new design in the Royal Society Open Science
said that was the biggest reason to change the condom’s design.
condom has yet to be tested but was given a touch test. Individuals
were given three kinds of latex – standard with personal lubricant
added, standard, non-lubricated and self-lubricated. 85 percent of
those who participated felt the material of the new condom and said
it slipperier than the other condoms.
said people tend to like that feature. People who don’t like using
condoms said they would consider using a self-lubricating condom.
About 9 in 10 participants said they would buy the self-lubricating
condom of the standard type.
self-lubricating condom is similar in looks to the latex condom –
the improvement comes in how it feels when touching it. Many
silicone-based lubricants in condoms tend to repel moisture, are
often messy and tacky. However, the new condoms contain polymers that
attract bodily fluids and water, trapping them on its surface. In
essence, it keeps the condom lubricant and offers a slippery
sensation during sexual activity.
this type of condom, there’s no need to add artificial lubricant in
the middle of sex.
Over three years of research and close to 1,000 formulas tested, and Grinstaff and his team came up with the perfect combination of lubricant and latex.