Graphene Condoms: Improved Sensation And Security?
Condoms are the most popular contraception methods in the whole world, because they are inexpensive, easy to use and effective in preventing Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) and conception. However, they are often disliked due to the fact that they reduce sensibility in the sexual act.
A new research may, however, change this for good. Scientists at the University of Manchester are planning to use graphene to produce condoms, making them really thin but still safe. This is a promising research, which has recently received over £60,000 (almost $100,000) from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Generally speaking, graphene is a one-atom thick layer of graphite where carbon atoms are tightly packed. It is also the thinnest compound known to man, the lightest material known, the strongest compound discovered so far, the best conductor of heat at room temperature and also the best conductor of electricity known.
The researchers from the University of Manchester are trying to apply the resistance and thinness of graphene into condoms, which can eliminate the loss of sensitivity that is often noted by men as one of the causes for not using them.
The "graphene condom" can be useful not only in terms of pleasure, but also to raise the levels of condom usage, therefore lowering the rates of STD infections and unwanted pregnancies. Of course, these condoms will not be made solely with graphene, but with a mixture of graphene and latex.
Another reasons for men disliking condoms are the smell of latex, which can be unpleasant, and the difficulty to find condoms that fit their penises. So, the graphene condom will definitely not fix all problems related with condoms, but will surely work out on a few issues that might just be what some men need to start liking them.
What do you think about the potential of this product? Let us know in the comments.
Diogo Costa • International Innovations