110 Year Old Condoms

A little while back, I wrote about how to incorporate condoms into your sex life. Condoms are great for preventing STIs and pregnancy, and can even be fun. However, when I saw a link to used condoms for sale, I had no idea what was going on. Naturally I had to click on that link, and found that a set 110 year old condoms are  up for auction in Vienna (possibly related side note: I do have a birthday coming up, everyone!).

These condoms are made from fish bladders, although the article is careful to point out that these aren’t the bladders you might think of, but instead what help fish out with their buoyancy. If used condoms weren’t enough, they generously come with a storage case containing a tally of how many times each condom was used (FYI: they are reusable, although only suggested to be used at most ten times each). I guess reusable condoms are green (but TOTALLY UNSAFE  - so please don’t try this at home!), would you use these today if they were available?

About Holly Moyseenko

Holly Moyseenko is a sex educator living in Ohio. She is an advocate of positive and healthy sexuality. Holly currently works for a non-profit health organization as a health educator, and also teaches workshops that focus on many topics within the realm of healthy sexuality. In her spare time, she also is an advocate for survivors of sexual assault, gardens, reads anything within reach, drinks copious amounts of tea, and naps with her two dogs.

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    One word, “ewwww!”

    But it does go to show just how little was known about sexual health and reproduction a century ago.
    I find it remarkable that such little common sense found its way into medical science while so many remarkable steps were taken in so many other areas of society.

    Just as we look back on them now and wonder what they could possibly have been thinking, I am sure we’ll be looking back on some of the products we use now and wondering why we were so idiotic.
    Perfect example; chemical air fresheners. Does anyone really think such products are okay?

    Wow, I went from used condoms to air fresheners in one comment. Yay me! :)

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