Despite the fact that condoms are publicly available, people very often disregard this contraception method. According to a research done by Durex in 2003, the Chinese have the highest tendency to have sex with a new partner without the use of condoms (70%), the next are the Czechs (58%) and the British (34%). The French take the greatest care of their sexual safety – only 9% are ready to risk their sexual health. Here are some interesting facts about condoms you didn’t know.
- The first mentioning of condom-like means used to practise safe sex is dated to Ancient Egypt, where they were made out of skins of various animals.
- 5 000 000 000 units are sold annually.
- There are more than 100 brands on the market.
- It is considered that the first condom that looked like its modern analog was found in 1564 by anatomist Gabriel Fallopius.
- Women buy 40-70% of all condoms on the market.
- In the 16th century condoms were made of flax fibre.
- In the 18th century they were made out of intestine of various animals or fish skins.
- In 1844 Charles Goodyear took out the first patent to manufacture condoms made out of rubber.