If Drug-Slathered, Erection-Enhancing Condoms Won't Lead Men to Safe Sex, Nothing Will

By Valerie Ross | May 11, 2011 4:13 pm

For men who find that condoms sometimes, um, lessen their enthusiasm, some good news: Durex may soon be selling erection-enhacing condoms with a pharmaceutical boost.

The condoms, developed by UK biotech company Futura Medical, are lined with a gel that increases blood flow. The gel’s active ingredient, glyceryl nitrate, has been used for as a vasodilator for over a century. The tricky part was getting the gel to stay in the condom without degrading the latex, but the company found a way (and quickly patented it).

Men who enrolled in the clinical trial took the condoms home and gave them a test run (the things we do for science!). Both they and their partners reported longer, larger, and harder erections, presumably while grinning.

The condoms are now being reviewed by European regulators, and if approved, they could be on shelves there later this year. The product is meant specifically for men who have trouble maintaining an erection while wearing a condom, but there’s no prescription required, so anyone will be able to pick up a box from the nearest drug store. No such luck for American consumers, who will be stuck getting lucky the old fashioned way; the FDA will want more clinical trials before it makes a decision.

Officially called CSD500, the product has been informally dubbed the “Viagra condom.” But before they start selling the condoms, Durex will doubtless come up with a more appealing, less trademark-infringing name.  Maybe they’ll even roll out an innuendo-filled ad campaign—background music for the TV spot, anyone?

Image: Flickr / trec_lit

  • http://www.catholiclab.net Ian

    Will they never learn.

  • DA-KING

    Background music for commercial..The Beatles a hard day night

  • http://www.wowcondoms.com Wow Condoms

    The Vasodilator is the key here and Wow Condoms is launching their One Super Sensitive XTC Combo Pack the third week in May, 2011. It includes a bottle of Climax Intensify and One Super Sensitive Condoms. Climax Intensify is an L-Arginine based personal lubricant. L-Arginine is a vasodilator. Together they make a great safe sex combination intensifying every encounter! The media-dubbed ‘Viagra Condom’ is great because we believe it will spur more people to use condoms. In a world where teenage and unwanted pregnancies, std’s, and sti’s are very real, it is crucial that condom use become as natural as wearing a seatbelt.

    Ed note: We usually move promotional comments like this straight to our burning slag/spam heap, but this one’s actually relevant, so we’re leaving it in.

  • http://AbbyAmour.com Abby Amour

    I hope this way around degrading the latex won’t make the condom thicker at all.
    I realize this drug will make a guy harder, last longer, whatever, but will he be able to feel the walls of the vagina any better? I am pretty sure the longer a guy lasts the more desensitized the penis gets, I just wish they’d come out with a condom that *literally* feels like wearing nothing at all. I hope this is the next step to that. I cannot wait to try this out. Hope it gets approved!

  • jd

    or happiness is a warm gun

  • Eric Juve

    What about the “Nitro Headache” often experienced by people who handle dynamite?

  • DrivethruScientist

    It’s offset by the endorphin rush of orgasm.

  • Matt B.

    Fine, so long as I don’t have to see or hear commercials for them. I hate those ads for the “warming” condoms and such. Ick.

  • mikejb

    hopefully one day they make a condom to let a guy finish faster (less than a half hour).

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