Fact 1: Who invented the Condom? Ancient civilizations undoubtedly used a
variety of birth control methods to prevent pregnancy but there is absolutely no
evidence that ancient civilizations used sheaths or an early type of condom for
such a purpose.
Fact 2: Who invented the Condom? Early methods used for the purpose
of birth control invariably involved the use of plants, herbs and other natural
substances to reduce the risk of pregnancy.
Fact 3: Who invented the Condom? The Ancient Mesopotamians and Egyptians
used acacia and honey as contraception. This odd sounding prevention method was
based on some knowledge, as we now know that Acacia gum ferments into lactic
acid, which can act as a spermicide.
Fact 4: Who invented the Condom? The Ancient Greeks and Romans used the
now extinct silphium or laserwort as a contraceptive plant. Silphium was closely
associated with sexuality and love. Modern scholars that Silphium possessed
estrogenic or abortifacient properties
Fact 5: Who invented the Condom? The first use of a condom appears to
have been in the 15th century. Its purpose however was not as a contraceptive
but as a form of protection against sexually transmitted disease. This was a
period of great change as the age of exploration and as people arrived in
different lands various hitherto unknown diseases spread amongst people who had
not built up any immunity to fight such infections.
Fact 6: Who invented the Condom? Different types of condoms were invented
to combat the spread of deadly sexually transmitted diseases, especially
syphilis, using materials such as animal intestines or bladders and linen soaked
in various chemicals and then dried.
Fact 7: Who invented the Condom? The use of the Condom helped to reduce
the spread of disease and also contributed to a fall in the birth rate.
Fact 8: Who invented the Condom? Any form of contraception was condemned
by both Catholic and Protestant Christian churches. The Catholic Church had been
opposed to contraception since the second century. The Great Protestant
reformers such as Martin Luther (1483-1546) and John Calvin (1509 - 1564) also
included their opposition to contraception in their doctrines.
Fact 9: Who invented the Condom? The use of contraception was perceived
as intrinsically evil and discussion of such a subject was unmentionable.
Fact 10: Who invented the Condom? These views only 'softened' in the 20th
century, and until this time it was unthinkable to talk about contraception.
Fact 11: Who invented the Condom? The oldest condoms ever discovered by
archaeologists were found in a cesspit located in the grounds of Dudley Castle
in England and dated back to the 1640's. The condoms found at Dudley Castle were
made from sheep bladders and thought to have been used by the soldiers who were
defending the castle from Oliver Cromwell’s army in 1642.
Fact 12: Who invented the Condom? The history of the modern Condom really
began in 1839 when Charles Goodyear (1800 - 1860), a talented American chemist
and engineer, invented the rubber vulcanization process. This chemical process
converted natural rubber into more durable materials by the addition of sulfur
and revolutionized the use and applications of rubber.
Fact 13: Who invented the Condom? The first rubber condoms were produced
in 1855 by several major rubber companies. Early rubber condoms had to be fitted
by a doctor but rubber manufacturers quickly realized sales would rocket if they
were sold at pharmacies or by mail order as a one-size-fits-all condom.
Fact 14: Who invented the Condom? In 1912 Julius Fromm (1883 – 1945) a
German entrepreneur and chemist invented a process for making condoms from
liquefied rubber which made a thinner, seamless condom.
Fact 15: Who invented the Condom? Latex was invented in the 1920's and
the first latex condom was manufactured by the Youngs Rubber Company. This
involved a process with rubber suspended in water, which allowed the latex to
mold into the desired shape. A Latex condom was stronger and thinner than a
rubber condom. The mass produced Latex condom were also much cheaper.
Fact 16: Who invented the Condom? In 1929 the London Rubber Company
created the first latex condom brand they called Durex standing for "durability,
reliability and excellence" which is still a well-known and widely-distributed
brand to the present day.
Fact 17: Who invented the Condom? The origin of the word 'Condom' is
obscure but the most likely theory is that it derives from the word 'cumdum'
meaning a scabbard or case.
Fact 18: Who invented the Condom? The use of the word 'Condom', also
spelled 'condam' or 'quondam' can be traced back to the late 1600's.
Fact 19: Who invented the Condom? The very word 'Condom' was treated as
the equivalent to a swear word and was omitted from the Oxford English
Dictionary because readers would have deemed it to be obscene. The word was
eventually included in the Oxford English Dictionary in 1969!
Fact 20: Who invented the Condom? The word 'condom' was not used
openly in the United States or Great Britain until the 1980's. In the United
States condoms were commonly referred to as prophylactics, or by the nickname
'rubbers'. In Britain they were called 'French letters' or referred to using the
manufacturer's name such as Durex. It is interesting to note that the word
'prophylactic' was a medical term meaning "that tends to prevent disease".
Fact 21: Who invented the Condom? Condoms were not advertised in the mass
media until after a speech made in by C. Everett Koop the Surgeon General of the
United States on the subject of AIDS prevention. C. Everett Koop made his speech
at the National Press Club in Washington in late March 1987.
Fact 22: Who invented the Condom? The stigma that was once so closely
associated with the Condom has virtually disappeared and it is now widely used
as a method of birth control and decrease the risk of sexually transmitted
infections (STIs) such as HIV/AIDS.