New Self-Lubricating Condom Designed To Last 'At Least 1000 Thrusts'
Scientists have invented a new self-lubricating condom that becomes slippery on human contact.
The research funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation claims to reduce the spread of sexually transmitted disease and unwanted pregnancies by making the use of a condom more appealing.
Essentially, the rubber latex of the condom is coated with a substance called hydrophilic polymers -- which contain polar or charged particles that become soluble in water. This means when the condom is exposed to moisture it becomes slippery, so there is no need to add more lubricant during sex.
The study also claims the condom lasts for at least 1000 thrusts without becoming dry.
Condoms were tested by researchers with regular lubricant and they found that while they were initially slippery, they became dry after about 600 thrusts.
The research also found regular intercourse lasts between 100 and 500 thrusts.
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Both regular and self-lubricating condoms were tested by 33 men and women and 73 percent rated the self-lubricating one higher. Forty-three percent of participants also said that a slipperier condom would also increase the likelihood of them using a condom in the first place.
One fifth of people who never use condoms said they would consider using a self-lubricating condom if they were publicly available.
Trials with real couples using the condoms in daily life will begin in 2019.