Scientists create self-lubricating condoms that stay slippery for 1000 thrusts

A self-lubricating condom could be the future of safe, enjoyable sex

Instead, the team conducted a "touch test", in which people felt and compared a standard, non-lubricated latex condom; a standard condom with personal lubricant applied; and a self-lubricated condom.

In a step away from the traditional water- or oil-based condoms now on the market, a team of scientists from Boston University has created a condom that is self-lubricating, becoming slippery when it comes into contact with moisture - for example, bodily fluids.

With this in mind, a team of researchers supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have developed a new type of condom, which features a special lubricious coating.

Especially water-based lubricant, however, may be absorbed by the body, write the researchers in order to Mark Grinstaff of Boston University in the journal "Open Science".

The study surveyed 33 men and women to establish the effectiveness of the self-lubricating condom, whether it actually worked, and whether the testers thought they were a better alternative to what is already on the market.

The foundation estimated that only one third of men in the U.S. use them because "condoms decrease pleasure as compared to no condom, creating a trade-off that many men find unacceptable".

Scientists have reportedly found a way to make condoms lubricate themselves when they come in contact with human skin.

It took more than three years of research and testing almost 1,000 formulations for Grinstaff & Co.to find a winning combination of latex and lubricant (the title of Charlie Sheen's memoir). "You only need a little bit of fluid to activate it". Previously, the condoms need to, among other things, a regulatory approval from the United States authorities, write to the American researchers.

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Clinical trials with couples could begin early next year, says Prof Grinstaff.

A spin-off company from the university is now looking to develop a product for sale.

"These coated catheters are, in general, associated with a greater degree of user acceptability than the alterative uncoated and gel-lubricated devices".

If used correctly, condoms act as a barrier to protect users from STIs and are also 98% effective in preventing pregnancy.

- When you put a condom on, it's important to squeeze the tip, to get rid of any air. 73 per cent chose the newly designed condom.

Olwen Williams, president of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV, told CNN: "We welcome any developments that allow people to enjoy sex more safely and condoms remain the main tool in the prevention of sexually transmitted infections".

"Lubrication can make sex more comfortable and enjoyable so we encourage people to try out different water-based lubricants as well as different sizes, shapes and textures of condoms to find out what suits them and enhances their sexual pleasure". The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of stlucianewsonline.com, its sponsors or advertisers.

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