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Could Spray-On Condoms Catch on for Safe Sex?

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Condoms may be one of the greatest health inventions of our time, but many people view rubbers as a mood and sensation killer. But what if condoms could be more fun to put on and more enjoyable to have him wear? That's the aim of Girlplay, a new concept for a spray-on condom.

Pratt Institute design student Michelle Chu created Girlplay as part of a project for a marketing and packaging class. The idea: You could skip the muss and fuss of rolling on a rubber in favor of a sprayable latex which would then dry, forming a protective barrier, similar to existing spray-on bandages. Chu says this form of protection would not only increase the fun of putting on protection, but it would theoretically be safer since it wouldn't slip, would be one-size-fits-all, and would be more convenient (which means more people would probably use it). (Using condoms really isn't the worst of your problems, though: 10 Sex Mistakes Screwing You Up in the Sack.)

While Chu's vision for this futuristic condom sounds great, Girlplay is still just a concept and we really have no idea how it would hold up against real-life factors like blocking both sperm and STIs. But, if it turned out to be just as safe as traditional protection, it'd be a pretty cool alternative.

The idea of condoms from a spray can isn't new either—it's been around since 2006 when German inventor Jan Krause was shopping for condoms himself as a teen and walked away boggled by all the size and fit options. "Wouldn't a condom that could be customized be ideal?" he thought. So he spent several years developing a prototype and eventually created a liquid latex that could be sprayed on once it was go time. And while it mostly worked, Krause overlooked one factor that eventually caused the project to tank: The latex took three to four minutes to dry. As Krause himself put it, "It's difficult to keep a penis erect for such a long time." 

So while we wait for the next big (or small—size really doesn't matter) thing in condoms, there are plenty of ways to make using a rubber a little sexier—for one: Have Better Sex with One of These 5 Condoms.

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