The Future of Condoms

Forget everything you think you know about condoms, except that they're a pretty effective method of birth control: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation just announced the 11 finalists for its contest to develop condoms that provide the best in protection and pleasure—and you won't believe what these teams created.

One developer from India came up with a heat-conducting condom that's super strong, thin, and flexible—providing the most spine-tingling sensation possible for men and you. Another entry from South Africa makes putting on a condom easier than ever by adding application handles to the love glove to help you guide the latex onto the penis quickly and correctly. But the most off-the-wall design has to be the one from San Diego, which is made using collagen fibers from (get this) beef tendons. According to the inventor, this material is cheap and durable (and, as an added bonus, condoms made from it would have increased sensitivity). Who knew?? Each finalist gets $100,000 and 18 months to further develop their ideas. In the end, the most marketable—and effective—design will get $1 million.

If you're curious about what the other eight finalists have planned, the Foundation has all of the details.  But since these condoms are just in the conceptual stage right now, they unfortunately won't be on the market any time soon. In the meantime, try out one of these new condoms for your pleasure. And if condoms aren't your favorite method of contraception, there are plenty of other birth control options out there for you.

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