The Origin of Condoms

Condoms have been known for centuries with various functions. Pros and cons always accompany the course of history. In the modern era, condoms are used to prevent the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases and prevent pregnancy. 

The following is a long history of condoms:

11,000 BC

Grotte Des Combarrelles, a cave in France, has paintings on the walls depicting condoms. Scientists believe it is the earliest evidence of the existence of condoms.

1000 BC

In ancient Egypt, historians believe people used linen sheaths to protect the genitals from insects and tropical diseases.


China and Japan use glans condoms that cover the head of the penis to control birth and prevent infection. In China, it is made of lamb intestine or oiled silk paper, while in Japan it is made of tortoise shell or animal horn.


Gabriello Fallopio, an Italian anatomist and physicia, published De Morbo Gallico in 1564 which described the use of condoms for the prevention of syphilis. Linen sheaths are soaked in a chemical solution and allowed to dry before use. It is used to cover the head of the penis with a ribbon.


In the 17th century, Dr. Condom or Earl of Condom, physician to King Charles II in England, invented a device to prevent venereal disease made from the sheep's intestinal sheath. Early evidence of these condoms was found in excavations at Dudley Castle, West Midlands, England. The name of the condom is thought to have come from the doctor's name.


In 1839, Charles Goodyear, a chemist and manufacturing engineer from the United States, discovered the vulcanization of rubber, which was later used in the manufacture of elastic and stronger condoms. However, the first rubber condom was produced in 1855.


Julius Fromm, a German chemist, created a new method for producing condoms. He dipped a glass mold into the raw rubber solution that formed the texture of the condom.


Following the discovery of latex, condoms made from latex that are thinner and stronger have emerged. The first latex condom producer was the Young's Rubber Company of the United States. These condoms are mass produced and much cheaper that linen condoms.


The London Rubber Company (LRC), the London rubber company registered Durex as a trademark. This first latex condom brand became a well-known and widely distributed brand today. Previously, in 1915, the company founded by LA Jackson sold imported condoms and barber supplies.


Durex creates condoms with lubricants. 


Lasse Hessel, a Danish doctor, submitted and later developed a prototype of the first female condom.


Origami Condom, an American company, developed the Origami Anal Condom (OAC) designed for anal sex.


Plastic condoms were introduced, such as Avanti from Durex, which are stronger, thinner, and can be coated with oil-based lubricants without rotting like rubber. Not so popular when compared to cheaper latex condoms.


Sonetha Ehlers, a female doctor from South Africa, introduced an anti-rape condom called Rape-aXe which is made of latex. When a rape occurs, a series teeth studs will grip the penis and can only be released by a doctor. 


Condoms develop more varied, in terms of texture, size, shape, color, and even have a variety of flavors.