Latex may spur use of condoms
Protective sheaths made with the specially treated membrane take on a slick and slippery quality in the presence of natural bodily fluids, lab experiments showed. And unlike water- or oil-based lubricants added to commercially available condoms, the hydrophilic—or liquid-loving—latex retains its “slippery sensation” almost indefinitely. “A majority of participants—73 percent—expressed a preference for a condom containing the lubricious coating, agreeing that an inherently slippery condom that remains slippery for a long duration would increase their condom usage,” the study concluded.”Such a coating shows potential to be an effective strategy for decreasing friction-associated pain”—for women and men—”and increasing user satisfaction.” Condoms prevent pregnancies and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. Some are made of lambskin but most are synthetic, manufactured from latex or polyurethane. Without lubricants, however, all of these materials will chaff during “repeated articulations,” the term of art used by the researchers to describe thrusting motions. Added emollients wear off with use. Discomfort during intercourse and reduced pleasure—noted by 77 percent of men and 40 percent of women in a nationwide survey in the United States—are often cited as reasons for not using condoms at all.