Let’s Celebrate the Condom
The time has come when love seems to float in the air. After almost a year of confinement, you can feel a special need to go back to feeling normalcy and, in this context, Valentine’s Day takes on a different meaning.
But an instrument that clearly plays a part in love and implies taking care of ourselves and others, is the condom. This is why, since several years ago, February 13th has been instituted as International Condom Day.
History of the Condom
And, to commemorate it, we have to start by knowing more of its history. In case you didn’t know, the condom is not at all an addition of modern life. Ancient cultures created different instruments in order to avoid, mainly, unwanted pregnancies, which as we know, could have great implications due to land or possession inheritance problems.
The first female condom
The oldest example of a condom has been found in the Greek isle of Crete, where it is known that women would place a goat’s bladder inside their vagina, so that it could contain the semen. Can we say then, that the first condom in history was a female condom? According to historical accounts, this instrument was created because it was said that King Minos’ semen contained “serpents and scorpions”, and this was a result of looking for a way to protect the lives of his sexual partners.
Male condom to prevent diseases
Another example of an ancient condom was found in the tomb of the famous Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun, made with linen and animal intestine, which can still be seen at the Cairo Museum. It is said that this artifact was used, mainly to avoid diseases such as bilharzia or schistosomiasis, which was caused by a parasite that penetrates through the skin and was very common in northern Africa, in the Nile River basin. The eggs of this parasite are expelled through the urine, making them common to find in the genitals of people who have been infected.
Condoms made from animals
Lastly, the inhabitants of the roman empire also protected themselves using goat or sheep intestines or bladders which they used to make sheaths for the penis, which prevented sexually transmitted infections as well as pregnancies. Unlike current condoms, these instruments were used several times.
As you can see, the need to protect ourselves from unwanted sexual consequences is nothing new. Now that we have modern preservatives at hand, the best thing is to take advantage of them and enjoy sexuality with the ease that protection brings.
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