The average session lasts less than 500 thrusts, so these new condoms got you covered.
So you and your partner are about to make it sizzle between the sheets. There’s just one problem, your vagina is as dry as the Sahara. Okay, maybe a lubricated condom will help? Oh wait, those things have a pitiful amount of moisture. How about using straight up lube? It works, if you stop to reapply every 30 seconds. Sigh.
We’ve all been there, but researchers at Boston University are trying to put an end to this all too common saga. They’re developing self-lubricating condoms that get super slippery when they come in contact with bodily fluid, according to a new report in the journal Royal Society Open Science.
The best part: These condoms can hold up through 1,000 thrusts without losing their slipperiness. We know, most people don’t count how many times they thrust (no shame if you do), but the researchers say an average booty session runs probably less than half of that.
This revolutionary coating was made by attaching H2O-thirsty molecules to the surface of latex condoms via exposing them to 30 minutes of ultraviolet light, according to the report. When tested, standard condoms coated with water-based lubricant were slightly more slippery at the beginning, but they lost their juice much quicker (womp, womp).
Researchers also administered a blind touch test where 33 people were asked to rate the slipperiness of various condoms, and 85% said the new condom was the most slippery once water was applied. No clinical trials with real couples have been done on these condoms yet, but trials are the next step in the approval process.
The research team, which is backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, hopes to bring these condoms to the commercial market within the next few years.
Having More Sex Can Boost Your Career, Says Science
New research suggests a healthy sex life could lead to better engagement at work.
In case you need an extra excuse to get busy tonight, new research from Oregon State University suggests an active sexual life at home many actually improve your satisfaction and engagement at work.
The study, which was published in the Journal of Management, included 159 married employees. Each day for two weeks, the participants completed surveys about their habits and mood.
After analyzing the responses, researchers found that when people had made out with their partners, they reported better moods the next day, and as a result, were more likely to enjoy and immerse themselves in their tasks. “We make jokes about people having a ‘spring in their step,’ but it turns out this is actually a real thing and we should pay attention to it,” said lead researcher Keith Leavitt, an associate professor at OSU’s College of Business, in a press release.
The study also revealed that on the flip side, bringing work stress home can have a negative impact on a person’s sex-life. The effect was true for both men and women, even after researchers controlled for marriage satisfaction and quality of sleep.
The notion that getting lucky at night can lead to a better tomorrow isn’t terribly surprising, because we know sex is a great mood booster (thanks, dopamine!). But more research is needed on how your time between the sheets affects your time behind your desk.
Leavitt is optimistic the new findings will have a positive impact on the way we value a healthy sex life. “This is a reminder that sex has social, emotional, and physiological benefits, and it’s important to make it a priority,” he said. “Making a more intentional effort to maintain a healthy sex life should be considered an issue of human sustainability, and as a result, a potential career advantage.”