National Condom Week is from February 14 to February 21, and we’re going to show you how you can observe the week in the best way possible. Do you know that it has been almost 170 years since rubber condoms were used for the first time? Condoms are one of the few contraceptive methods that provide 98% protection from sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancies. National Condom Week was initiated to raise awareness of the importance of practicing safe and protected sex. It encourages people, especially young adults to use condoms and prevent unwanted pregnancies and the spreading of S.T.D.s like H.I.V. AIDS, syphilis, and gonorrhea.
History of National Condom Week
The origins of condoms are still debatable. Some say that the Egyptians were behind the invention of condoms as can be seen in many murals and paintings from 3000 B.C. Others suggest that the earliest known contraceptive method might have been the Pessary which is said to be created in 1800 B.C. They were made of honey and animal dung and were inserted into the vagina to stop sperm cells from entering.
There are also reports that around 600 B.C. a herb was discovered in Africa which was used as an oral contraceptive. By the year 1400 A.D. condoms were made from animal intestines. The vulcanization of rubber in 1844 gave birth to the revolutionary type of condoms — the rubber condoms. They were mass-produced across America and then later in Europe. By the early 1900s oral contraceptives or birth-control pills emerged.
By the other half of the 20th century, advancements in science and technology resulted in many new contraceptive methods emerging, for example, I.U.D., hormonal treatments, and surgeries; Vasectomy where the vas deferens of a man is cut and tied, and Tubectomy where the fallopian tubes of a woman are blocked to prevent the sperm from coming in contact with the egg. But research continues to prove that condoms are the most effective method of contraception and governments encourage people to use them. National Condom Week was created to stop the rise in teen pregnancies, and to educate people about the benefits of using condoms as a contraceptive.
National Condom Week timeline
Condoms are used in ancient Egyptian civilization.
Condoms are made from animal intestines.
Vulcanization of rubber gives birth to rubber condoms.
National Condom Week is created to raise awareness of the importance of using condoms to prevent S.T.D.s and unwanted pregnancies.
National Condom Week FAQs
Why do condoms break?
Though it is rare, there is always a chance that your condom might break. Factors like oils, chemicals, and heat can result in condom breaking.
Can I flush my condoms after use?
No. Flushing condoms down the toilet can cause the latex to build up and clog your septic pipes which can result in serious problems. Never flush condoms down the toilet.
How do you dispose of condoms?
Take out the condom carefully without spilling semen. Tie the opening of the condom like a balloon. Wrap it in a tissue or towel, and put it in the garbage.
How to Observe National Condom Week
Raise awareness on the use of condoms
Partner with your local medical care authorities and organize campaigns that educate people on condoms and their uses. You can also make fliers and even distribute condoms to people who attend your rallies and seminars.
Share it on social media
Let everyone know the importance of this day. Spread awareness on the benefits of using condoms as a contraceptive and explain in detail why they're the most effective. Write informative articles and post them on social media.
Read more about the history of contraceptives
Use this day to improve your knowledge. Read more about the contraceptive methods used in ancient civilizations and also how they've changed through the years. You will come across many interesting stories as you read further.
5 Facts About CondomsThat Will Blow Your Mind
Skin condoms are not effective
Animal skin condoms that were used in the early days were not effective as they were highly porous.
There are condoms for females too
Female insertive condoms can be used in case regular male condoms cause skin irritation.
They were expensive
In the 19th century, condoms were expensive, and only the elite could afford them.
Sex is better
Many say that sex is more enjoyable with condoms as they feel a sense of protection and know that the risk is almost nil.
Double bagging is not effective
Contrary to popular opinion, using two condoms can result in more friction and reduce their effectiveness of using them.
Why National Condom Week is Important
It highlights the importance of contraceptives
S.T.D.s are one of the major causes of death in the world. Teen pregnancies and unplanned pregnancies are also a big concern. This week reminds us of the importance of using contraceptives and practicing safe sex.
It’s a chance to raise awareness
Raising awareness of the importance of contraceptives and educating people on safe sex, especially teens, is our responsibility. This week gives us a chance to do our part for the welfare of society.
It’s a chance to improve our knowledge
This is also a day of learning. This day allows us to learn more about the contraceptive methods used throughout history and how they influenced and shaped the civilization we have today.
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