Condoms look so common nowadays. This is a reliable, time-tested birth-control tool, which is great due to being incredibly easy to use and available wherever you are. Nevertheless, this simple and popular product is redesigned every now and then. One of the best known modifications was the female condom, which is nothing special today. Both medical specialists and enthusiasts carry on their investigations to come up with new condom models featuring higher convenience and reliability. Let’s discuss some of the advancements.
With all their advantages, condoms sometimes are not so easy to apply. Putting the latex product upside down is a common situation familiar to almost every user. Rolling it over the penis shaft seamlessly can be a challenge too.
While many condom designers tried to address the problem to facilitate the process and improve the user experience, no significant advancement has been made by the day, and none of the topical products was able to gain significant market demand.
The Wingman condom belongs to a number of successfully marketed products. Designed by an engineer from Denmark, this condom version has been provided with wings attached to the condom itself. This is what makes rolling out using only two fingers of your hand so easy and fast.
Offered at only $16.99 per box, the product is available for orders from the manufacturer’s website and can be delivered worldwide (at extra cost).
Making Condoms of a Self-Lubricating Hydrogel
The advent of this interesting product was a response to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s challenge. A great award was offered to the author of a condom which would be able not only to significantly enhance pleasure, but also to promote regular use of condoms.
A team from Australian University has come up with an idea of making condoms of a self-lubricating hydrogel, which is extremely strong on one hand and can assure a more natural feeling on the other hand. Combined, these properties can make such condoms more reliable than latex ones, while natural experience is fully preserved. Another advantage is that this material is absolutely biodegradable, which means its manufacture can meet the highest environmental standards,
To further add to their product’s benefits, the authors made the condom deliver a portion of Viagra transdermally, which is considered by many as just a marketing ploy.
By now, the product is still in development, so no orders are accepted from consumers.
Condom Wrappers for One-Handed Use
Opening a condom wrapper is an important moment during an intercourse. Performed not seamlessly, it can spoil pleasure. This can be the case, for example, if you fail to tear the package right away or, acting too hastily, damage the condom itself.
To avoid this kind of embarrassment, a condom wrapper, which can be easily managed with fingers of only one hand, was devised. The innovation not only opens up new opportunities to getting pleasure for everyone, it also allows disabled individuals or people suffering from the paralysis or impairment of one side of their body perform the trick readily thus preserving their dignity during the process. With this product, putting a condom on becomes as easy as never before.
For now, this condom package version exists only as a prototype. Nevertheless, one can expect that, once on the market, this thoughtful alternative to traditional products will gain high demand.
This is another rather questionable advancement, which has quickly become a subject of jokes and concern.
The product was invented as a response to outrageously high rate of sexual crimes in South Africa. As of 2005, 38% of local women were reported to have experienced a sexual abuse, which resulted in unbelievable statistics, specifically approximately two rapes every minute. Being aware of this fact, we can hardly call Sonette Ehler, the product’s inventor, a freak.
Possessing a medical background, the author has come up with an idea of a device to be worn just like a regular female condom. The difference is that this one is provided with 25 sharp teeth placed inside it. Once a penis has penetrated into a protected vagina, it gets trapped by the teeth right away. Designed to produce violent pain, the device helps a victim escape.
Many reviewers notice that the innovation is dangerous not only to a rapist, but also to his victim as there is a high probability of applying extra violence. Along with that, the device does not resolve the underlying problem, but rather suggests that women have to take care of their security on their own.
Released for the first time as far back as in 2006, the product has not been actively marketed until now, so order options remain unknown.
Galactic Cap Condoms
This product has been proposed as an alternative to common condoms we know. In 2014, its inventor managed to conduct a successful crowdfunding campaign to raise $100,000 he needed to develop the project and come up with a viable product.
While this is an interesting minimalistic design, the question that arises right away is: Whom exactly is it meant for? In theory, leaving the penis shaft uncovered should provide better, more natural experience due to a direct skin-to-skin contact. However, this is at variance with one of condom’s key functions, namely securing protection against infections transmitted through a genital contact during an intercourse. Obviously, this is not the task that a cap like the discussed one can fulfill successfully.
Overall, the only advantage of the proposed product is its fancy design, which, according to the author, allows even peeing and bathing with the cap on. Still, reasons to wear a condom long before having sex remain unclear. Some reviewers suppose that the product can be readily accepted by the porn industry though.
Anyways, Galactic Cap is still on a development stage and unavailable for orders. Reportedly, clinical trials are about to start.
This Origami Condom is another attempt to rethink this popular product. It features a supple silicone design, which allows expecting easy use and better sexual stimulation due to a ridged structure of its walls.
The bad news with this product is that its inventor, due to financial and tax problems, abandoned his plans to produce silicone-based condoms and decided to return to latex in his models to avoid expensive clinical trials. Undoubtedly, this step back reduces the innovative effect. The good news is that this will make the way to the market mush shorter.
That being said, the Origami condom’s availability prospects remain unclear for now.
Scroguard Scrotal Shield
The core idea behind this product proposed by two entrepreneurs from Atlanta is to provide another layer of protection against such sexually transmitted diseases (STD) as genital herpes, human papillomavirus or syphilis. The goal is achieved by covering the whole genital area with a protective shield.
As soon as the innovation had been presented, many experts and common people expressed their concern as to whether this method is really effective in terms of protection. The fact that the product encumbers the intercourse is beyond any doubt. According to some reviewers, only freaks smitten with STD-related fears can find the scrotal shield useful.
On their website, the authors admit that the product’s effectiveness has not been strictly tested or approved by a professional authority or regulator. Based on preliminary trials, they also inform potential users that the shield can produce ‘farting’ noises during the process, which is rather funny and improper for a product with this kind of purpose.
While the scrotal shield is now available for orders by mail, its expedience is highly questionable.
Choosing the right size of a condom to use is a bigger challenge than most people might think. If too tight, a condom can cause discomfort during coitus; if too loose, it will reduce sexual stimulation and can slip off eventually. Along with this, most people do not know how to choose a condom size properly.
This is the problem that a group of researchers from the University of Oregon decided to address. For this end, an ultra-thin and heat-sensitive model was created, which is able to automatically fit to the user’s penis size. This concept of a universal condom became a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation prize winner. The technology is based on up-to-date polymer materials, which, reportedly, can be twice as thinner as latex commonly used in condom production now.
This innovative product is still on a development stage.
Another improvement direction pursued by the industry participants is the creation of condoms possessing anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. VivaGel, the first representative of this category, was approved by an Australian regulator for general use. The manufacturer claims the product kills up to 99% of herpes, human papillomavirus and HIV infection originators.
A secret behind this kind of effect is actually VivaGel, a lubricant containing specific nanoscale molecules able to bind viruses thus preventing their penetration into vulnerable tissues.
While the effect has been proven by topical studies, there is too little evidence for now as to what impact this active agent may have on affected tissues. The concern originates from the fact that multiple previously proposed microbicidal agents were proven to result in higher HIV risks because they caused inflammatory processes in epithelial tissues of a woman’s reproductive tract. So you are better off refraining from using the product until all relevant investigations are completed.
The product is available in Australia now.
Female condoms are undeservedly overlooked in the majority of developed countries. The fact is attributed to a wide diversity of birth-control options available in the modern society. Still, this category of products is actively promoted by the United Nations agencies as a viable solution for women living in societies where they have not so much leeway in terms of their sexual life management.
Creative inventors, however, have never stopped rethinking the concept of female condoms. A research group of the Indiana University has come up with a new version designed to take a vagina’s shape as much as possible to ensure a more natural experience and unrestricted stimulation for the woman as compared to those provided by traditional tubular models.
While the product is still on a development stage, its authors are already in contact with several leading condom manufacturers.