New Innovations in Condoms: Pronto

It amazing how often some of the simplest things have room for improvement. While condoms are very effective when used correctly, there are quite a few steps to doing that which means that the average user doesn’t always get the most protection. And even when you know how to use them right, they still take practice. One of the common complaints about condoms is that they’re a hassle or they take too long to use.

Of course, to some degree, that has more to do with perception than anything else. These videos from show how often sex mishaps and awkwardness happen without discouraging people from enjoying themselves. But even so, it makes sense to me that the faster condom application is, the easier it is to use one. I’ve seen a few attempts at this with things like pull tabs, but they didn’t work all that well.

Maybe Pronto has figured out how to build the proverbial better mousetrap. Their new condom is packaged with a built-in applicator. You just snap it in half, roll it on, and remove the applicator. It looks promising, although it’s only available in South Africa so far. (They’re looking for a distributor to help them go worldwide.)

In the meantime, here’s a video they made to demonstrate how it works. What do you think? Would you use it?

Dr. Charlie Glickman

Charlie Glickman is the Education Program Manager at Good Vibrations. He also writes, blogs, teaches workshops and university courses, presents at conferences, and trains sexuality educators. He’s certified by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, and loves geeking out about sex, relationships, sex-positivity, love and shame, communities of erotic affiliation, and sexual practices and techniques of all varieties. Follow him online, on Twitter at @charlieglickman, or on Facebook.

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