News Wednesday April 20, 2011

‘Viagra condoms’ on the way?

An erection-enhancing condom that has been nicknamed the 'Viagra of condoms' could be on sale in Britain by the end of the year, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The condom contains a gel that is absorbed by the skin. This gel helps to create firmer and longer-lasting erections, by increasing blood-flow towards the penis, in a similar fashion to the popular erectile dysfunction medication Viagra.

The product, which is produced by one of the most recognised brands in the business, Durex, is nearing regulatory appeal according to industry insiders. They believe the new condom could make a huge impact on the condom industry, because there are few patentable inventions in this field, and little innovation in the way that condoms are produced.

Special technology will have been used in making of the condom, to ensure that the gel used does not degrade the quality of the latex. Oil-based lubricants can wear away at the latex coating of condoms, rendering them ineffective. A much safer option for couples is water-based lubricants, which do not have this effect.

The history of condoms stretches back to thousands of years ago; primitive versions of the modern-day condom have been discovered at some historic sites and are now visible in museums. Today, condoms are recognised as the most effective way of simultaneously preventing STD transmission and pregnancy. When used correctly, condoms are thought to be 98% effective in preventing pregnancy and highly effective in preventing sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhoea.

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