When was condoms invented?

When was condoms invented?

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Today, we’re going to take a trip back in time to learn about the invention of one of the most popular and effective methods of birth control: condoms! So, grab your time machine and let’s head back to the 16th century…

A Brief History of Condoms

It’s believed that condoms have been around for thousands of years in some form or another. Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans all used various methods of contraception, including animal bladders and intestines, linen sheaths, and even oiled paper.

However, the first recorded use of a condom-like device comes from 16th century Italy, where men would wear linen sheaths over their penises to protect themselves from syphilis. These early condoms were not very effective and were often washed and reused, leading to infections.

The Development of Rubber Condoms

It wasn’t until the 19th century that condoms began to resemble the modern version we know today. In the 1830s, rubber condoms were first developed in England by Charles Goodyear, the inventor of vulcanized rubber. These condoms were thicker and more durable than their linen counterparts, making them more effective at preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.

However, rubber condoms were still expensive and only available to the wealthy. It wasn’t until the 20th century that advancements in manufacturing made condoms more widely available and affordable.

Modern Condoms

Today, condoms are made from a variety of materials, including latex, polyurethane, and polyisoprene. They come in different sizes, textures, and flavors, making them a popular and versatile form of birth control.

In addition to preventing pregnancy, condoms are also an effective way to protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). They work by creating a barrier between the penis and vagina or anus, preventing the exchange of bodily fluids.


So, when was the condom invented? While the exact origins are unclear, condoms have been used for thousands of years in some form or another. It wasn’t until the 16th century that the first recorded use of a condom-like device was documented, and it took several centuries of development to create the modern rubber condom we know today. With advancements in manufacturing and materials, condoms have become an affordable and effective form of birth control and STI prevention for people around the world.

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