Thanks to the great work of Bill and Melinda Gates, there may finally be a condom that doesn’t feel like absolute shit to wear.
In March 2013, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation challenged the world to reinvent the condom, a device that’s been around for hundreds of years, and didn’t really change until they stopped making them out of pigs’ bladders and thankfully started making them out of rubber.
The foundation stated:
We are looking for a Next Generation Condom that significantly preserves or enhances pleasure, in order to improve uptake and regular use.
After two years of hard work a group of brilliant Australian scientists, funded by the Gates’ foundation, may have worked out a new hydrogel condom called the GELdom. The new design will reportedly imitate the feeling of human skin far better than latex does.
The new material is stretchy, like latex, but looks a lot closer to Clingfilm, and is reportedly more comfortable to wear, with the added bonus that it doesn’t decrease sensitivity like the thicker rubber versions.
The team behind the GELdom have used brain-scanning technology to work out the condom’s pleasure value.
Joseph Ciorciari, one of the developers, told the Sydney Morning Herald: “It’s really unusual to touch … It feels like real human tissue, like when you’re touching someone but they’re covered in a lubricant.”
Those testing the gel were asked to touch-test five different materials, while being hooked up to an electroencephalogram (EEG), a machine that measured their brains’ responses. As they fondled the different materials, signals were recorded and the hydrogel set off a neurological response which made people think ‘I want to feel more of that’.
In addition to creating a more pleasurable condom, the researchers also hope to identify other reasons why people dislike using condoms.
Don’t throw away your latex ones just yet though, the new condoms won’t be on the market for a while yet.