Andrew Safonov
Materials

New Condom-Coating Technology Could Improve Your Sex Life

A combination of materials from MIT researchers shows the benefits of hydrogel paired with rubber, forming a product that is at once both comfortable and impermeable.

Published On 07/19/2017
11:18 AM EDT
S S afe sex can be an awkward subject to talk about, but it is crucial. In 2015, less than a quarter of teenagers said that they use condoms every time they have sex. This is particularly unfortunate because STD rates are currently rising across the US. Although condoms are one of the most effective ways to reduce the risk of pregnancy and disease, many people use them only begrudgingly. People complain about safety concerns as well as discomfort, and maybe they have a point: the technology of condoms has barely changed in the last 50 years.