Contraception: From Penis Protectors to Condoms

History of the condom

Here a little bit of interesting information:

In pre-historic times ‘penis protectors’ were used to safeguard men from insect bites, evil spirits and injuries; for decoration; to promote virility, or to indicate rank. Only later was it used as a contraceptive barrier, and manufactured from animal bladders or intestines, which then evolved into linen condoms devised by the Italian physician, Gabriello Fallopius in 1564. Fallopius had a 100% success rate with these in the prevention of syphilis. The famed seducer, Casanova (1725 – 1798), reportedly fashioned these fine linen ‘glans hoods’ which only covered the tip of the penis: they were soaked in a chemical solution, allowed to dry, and quaintly tied to the penis with a ribbon.

 Throughout the ages, glans condoms were made from oiled silk paper, tortoise shell and animal horn. The earliest rubber condoms also covered only the glans of the penis, and a doctor had to measure each man’s erect penis in order to supply a custom-fit hoodie. The name ‘condom’ possibly derives from the Persian kendu or kondu, which means ‘a long storage vessel made from animal skin.’ The world’s oldest, full-sized condom, found in Lund, Sweden, is made from pig intestine and dates back to 1640. This model was reusable and issued with a user’s manual, written in Latin, with instructions to immerse the condom in warm milk prior to use to avoid diseases. 

And there you have it!

~ Maritza Breitenbach (Excerpt from THE COOKIE BOOK)



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