Condoms are kind of like seatbeltsÃ¢â‚¬”you're glad they exist, you totally need them, but you never really think too much about them. They're just part of the process of going for a (really fun) ride!
But think about: You put condoms inside you every time you hook up with a new partner (right?!), but do you have any idea how these little miracles of latex are actually madeÃ¢â‚¬”or how experts ensure that they do their job properly?
It turns out there's this super-complicated process behind making those lifesavers that you use on the regular. This fascinating infographic, created by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and AccessRH, will teach you everything you didn't know you wanted to know about how condoms are so safe and effective.
The mission of UNFPA is to "ensure universal access to reproductive health, including family planning and sexual health to all couples and individuals," so they really know what they're talking about. These are the people who make sure that the condoms distributed around the world to health centers, clinics, and hospitals are up to the task. Judging by this infographic, they take their job very seriously. And that's pretty crucial, because, as you'll note here, condoms are 98 percent effective when used correctly and consistently.
Just something to keep in mind the next time you unwrap one of these!