Although I don’t think this needs to be said, I’ll say it anyway: condoms are super, super important if you’re sexually active. Using a condom is, in my opinion at least, the best method of birth control out there (besides, obviously, abstinence) because condoms protect you against both getting pregnant and contracting STDs and STIs.
We’re always talking about why you should use condoms and how you should use them and what happens when they break. So, let’s take things in a little bit of a lighter direction. Condoms have been around for a long time, which means there are tons of interesting facts about them. And since I think we should all know everything there is to know about this method of birth control, I’ve put together 10 crazy and interesting facts about condoms. Check ’em out and bring ’em up the next time you’re in the middle of an awkward silence. Who doesn’t love condom facts?!
Condoms Have Been Around For A Long Time!They may seem new, but they're definitely not. The earliest known illustration of a man using a condom is about 12,000-15,000-years-old! It was found on the wall of a cave in France. Source: ShutterStock
Condoms Weren't Always Made From Latex...If you thought latex condoms were kind of weird, wait until you hear this: as early as 1350 BC, Ancient Egyptians were allegedly using condoms that were made from animal bladders or intestines. Gross, although if you're allergic to latex you're probably using lamb intestine condoms or polyurethane (these don't protect against HIV FYI). Condoms have also been known to be made out of linen, fish skin, silk and leather. One word: ouch. Source: ShutterStock
Condoms Keep Your Vagina HealthyYou already know that using condoms helps prevent against STDs and STIs. But did you know that condoms also keep your bacterial levels healthy? A new study found that sexually active women who use condoms have larger quantities of a healthy bacteria in their body. This bacteria is associated with a lower level of itchiness and also lowers your chances of being infected with HIV. Just another reason to use condoms! Source: ShutterStock
Condoms Fail Because...The number one reason a condom fails as your birth control is because it's being put on wrong or because the condom gets damaged when it's opened. Don't put it on upside down... if it doesn't unroll smoothly from the rim on the outside, that means it's upside down. To keep your condom from breaking, always store it in a dry, cool place and open the package carefully - no biting. Source: ShutterStock
Condoms Can Hold A LOT Of LiquidYou probably don't need to worry about your dude, uh, filling up that condom to it's breaking point. The average condom can hold up to 4 quarts of liquid (without a penis in there, but still). Makes you feel a little better, huh? Source: ShutterStock
The U.S. Military Uses Condoms......but not for sex! Well, actually, I don't know, they probably use condoms for sex also. But in all seriousness, the military uses condoms to keep sand and dirt out of their guns. In fact, condoms have many functions in the military. They are also used to stop bleeding, as an emergency water carrier, as surgical gloves to prevent against infection and as storage covers for things that need to be kept dry. Source: ShutterStock
Guys Are Buying More Condoms Than GirlsThe average condom user in the U.S. is between the ages of 18 and 24-years-old... and apparently, men are making 70 percent of condom purchases. What's going on, ladies? It's totally okay for you to buy condoms also, you know! Source: ShutterStock
No HIV Here!Planned Parenthood says that using a condom makes sex 10,000 times safer than not using a condom when it comes to getting HIV. That's a lot! Source: ShutterStock
Two Is Not Better Than OneHave you ever heard the term "double bagging it?" It refers to dudes who wear two condoms at once. Some people think that using two condoms protects you even more, but actually the opposite is true. If you use two condoms at once, you're actually increasing your risk of tearing the condom because of a higher level of friction. Source: ShutterStock
Magnum Condoms Aren't Super NecessaryThe next time you hear a dude bragging about how he wears Magnums, chuckle to yourself a little bit because guess what girls? Magnum condoms are really kind of useless. They aren't that much bigger than standard condoms and they really came about because of a marketing scheme - advertisers figured out that guys might be more likely to buy condoms if they came with bragging rights. It worked! Source: ShutterStock
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Which of these facts did you think was the most interesting? What did you know already? What other facts did I forget? Tell me in the comments!