1. On average, condoms hold about 4 quarts of liquid. That’s about 16 cups or 1 gallon of liquid or 3.8 litres. That’s larger than most Milk Bottles!
2. Most modern-day condoms (over 90%) are made of latex, the rest from polyurethane or lamb intestines.
3. Ancient Egyptians reportedly used condoms as early as 1350 BC. These were reportedly made from animal bladders or intestines.
4. Over the years, a variety of materials have been used as Condoms. Among the materials were linen, sheep, lamb and goat intestines; fish skin, silk and thin leather.
5. Only Latex Condoms can stop the transmission of HIV. Tests have shown that Polyurethane and lamb condoms do not stop the transmission of the virus.
6. Oils and most lotions will cause latex to breakdown. As such, only use water or silicone based lubricants when using latex condoms.
7. Using 2 or more condoms at the same time is more dangerous than using 1. The friction between the two can cause tearing and ripping.
8. Exposure to heat or sunlight or by age can weaken and harden the condoms, causing them to be fragile and tear during use. Always keep them in a cool and dry location.
9. During World War II, condoms were used to cover rifle barrels from being damaged by salt water as the soldiers swam to shore.
10. Condoms have been sold in vending machines since 1928.
As always, remember that using a Condom is the safest and most reliable method of stopping the transmission of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). However, it’s always better to use 2 forms of contraceptives if possible to stop undesirable pregnancies.