If you’ve ever had a moment like this, Pronto condoms may be the answer to your sexual prayers.
The condoms, designed by Willem van Rensburg, and originally released in South Africa to prevent the spread of HIV, boast an application time of less than four seconds. A BBC article reported that after looking into the research on the AIDS problem in South Africa, van Rensburg concluded that many people were not using condoms largely because they found them difficult to use: “People find it's a passion-killer and they're willing to take their chances."
The condom is designed with a plastic applicator that allows you to roll it on without touching the latex itself and the packaging has a corrugated seam that you crack open while holding onto either side of the plastic applicator. Not only is the speed a boon to the promotion of safe sex, the applicator also ensures that the condom is on properly, which can be a devastating cause of STIs for many. What more could you really ask for? If you lose the mood in the time it takes to get up and flick the light switch, there may be other factors to blame than finicky condom application.
However, perhaps the rising rates of low-condom use are not just due to what some perceive as the “bother” of putting on a condom. At the end of the day, having sex with a condom feels like having sex with a condom. As Seth Rogen’s character in Knocked Up says when Katherine Heigl claims she thought he had a condom: “Did you think it was the thinnest condom on earth I had on? You think I'm an inventor? ‘He created a dick-skin condom, he hollowed out a penis and put it on,’ what the fuck?” For some, the answer to the myth of the dick-skin condom is the many brands of super-thin Japanese condoms available by mail order. It’s not quite a hollowed-out penis, but on second thought, maybe that's a good thing.
Whatever your preferred condom style, whether it be speedy application or super-thin latex, nothing should be a big enough obstacle that it means forgoing safe sex. Even if it does mean you pull a Costanza now and again.