When it comes to birth control, there's nothing more OG than the condom. It may not be mentioned as a major cultural touchpoint like how we refer to The Pill 'The Condom' never quite took off, so you know Safe sex, looking at you Condoms have been around forever, and before latex condoms, people used The ancient Egyptians used oiled animal intestines, and in ancient Rome, soldiers would use muscles or skin from their defeated human enemies as a "victory condom" or mule-hair condoms, as Aine Collier writes in The Humble Little Condom: A History. Before rubber condoms were invented in , animal intestine condoms were pretty much it, and besides the ick factor, they also didn't offer STI protection.
History of condoms
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Post a Comment. Throughout the ages people have tried to find ways of preventing conception and venereal diseases. Obvious methods, such as withdrawal, the rhythm method, douches and sponges were used, as were various predecessors of today's condom. In ancient Egypt a linen sheath was used as protection against troublesome insects and tropical diseases. The Chinese tried to prevent infection by wrapping oiled silk paper around the penis, and the Japanese had leather and tortoiseshell sheaths. The Romans used tampons that had been dipped in herbs and condoms made of goats' bladders.
Around the world, between six to nine billion condoms are sold every year. Unfortunately, their use is not universally accepted, despite the fact that experts agree that consistent condom use can dramatically reduce the number of new HIV infections each year. Even in the Catholic church, which has long forbidden condoms as a means of birth control, leaders have become to endorse them in very particular circumstances. Yet, others within the church still insist condoms promote sexuality out of the bonds of marriage and outright condemn them. But views are shifting.
The history of condoms goes back at least several centuries, and perhaps beyond. For most of their history, condoms have been used both as a method of birth control , and as a protective measure against sexually transmitted diseases. Condoms have been made from a variety of materials; prior to the 19th century, chemically treated linen and animal tissue intestine or bladder are the best documented varieties. Rubber condoms gained popularity in the midth century, and in the early 20th century major advances were made in manufacturing techniques. Prior to the introduction of the combined oral contraceptive pill , condoms were the most popular birth control method in the Western world.