National Condom Day

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Love and safety often share the same calendar day, don't believe us? Well, strap in safe sailors, as we explore National Condom Day! Yes, that's right, every 14th February, amongst the hearts and roses, we take a moment to pause and consider the role of the humble condom in our lives. Appreciated yet uncelebrated, today is their day to... erm, shine?

When is Condom Day?

It's national condom day on the 14th February.

The Unwrapping of History

National Condom Day, observed annually, has surprisingly bobbed its way into internet history. Emerging as a day of heightened awareness for safe sexual practices, it coincides with Valentine's Day – a happy (or unhappy?!) twist of fate.

Spreading the Love... Safely

Our digital files, crammed with 2991 mentions online, reveal how this not-so-romantic but utterly practical day has woven itself into the fabric of our love-filled celebrations. Its popularity peaked on 14 Feb 2017, potentially highlighting a swell of online activity to promote safe celebration of love.

Celebrate With... Caution?

It may not have the glamour of Champagne or the sweet aroma of a bouquet of roses, but the humble condom plays an important role in our lives. On Valentine's Day, while we're busy expressing our deep feelings to our loved ones, let’s acknowledge the essential part great latex design plays in today's world – check those expiration dates, friends!

National Condom Day – a Reminder

Celebrating National Condom Day doesn't necessarily mean going out and buying a bouquet of condoms (though, if that floats your metaphorical boat, why not?!). It's also a day to have those conversations about safe sex, to educate oneself and strengthen the knowledge that helps us take care of ourselves and our loved ones.

A Day of Love and Protection

So, here's to National Condom Day, a day of love, awareness, and protection. A day to remember that being considerate towards our partner's health and our own, is the most romantic gesture we can offer. Happy National Condom Day to all!

History behind the term 'Condom'


First known reference

The term 'condom' first appeared in a publication by the Italian anatomist Gabriele Falloppio. In his work, he described a linen sheath that was worn by men to protect against syphilis. This was the earliest known reference to a device designed to prevent sexually transmitted infections.


Animal membrane usage

During the 18th century, the use of animal membranes, such as those from sheep or goat intestines, became common for making condoms. These condoms were known as 'caoutchouc' and were considered a more effective barrier against infections compared to linen or rubber condoms.


Vulcanization of rubber

The vulcanization of rubber by Charles Goodyear in 1844 revolutionized condom production. Before this process was discovered, rubber condoms were often stiff and inflexible. With vulcanization, the rubber could be molded into a variety of shapes, making condoms more comfortable and effective.


Mass production and commercialization

In the late 19th century, the process of mass production allowed condoms to be produced on a larger scale. This made them more accessible and affordable, leading to their commercialization. Condoms were now widely available in pharmacies and became an essential tool for preventing unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections.


Lambskin condoms

In the 1920s, a new type of condom made from lambskin emerged. These condoms provided an alternative for individuals with rubber latex allergies. However, lambskin condoms do not protect against sexually transmitted infections due to their porous nature. As a result, they were primarily used for contraception rather than STI prevention.


Latex condoms

Latex condoms were introduced in the 1930s and quickly gained popularity. Latex, a flexible and durable material, provided a reliable barrier for both contraceptive and disease prevention purposes. Latex condoms continue to be the most commonly used type of condom worldwide.


Advancements in design and variety

In recent decades, condom design and variety have made significant advancements. Ribbed, flavored, and ultra-thin condoms have been introduced to enhance pleasure and cater to individual preferences. Additionally, improvements in manufacturing processes have led to the production of stronger and more reliable condoms.

Did you know?

Did you know that National Condom Day shares its date with Valentine’s Day to help remind us that 'Lovers Gotta Be Safe'?


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First identified

22nd March 2015

Most mentioned on

14th February 2017

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