The meaning behind coloured condoms revealed

Publish Date
Wednesday, 22 November 2017, 11:02AM
Photo: Getty Images

Photo: Getty Images

All condoms are made of the same rubber material, so why the need for different coloured ones?

The first coloured condom was introduced to the market in 1949 in Japan, but it wasn't really until the AIDS epidemic began to abate in the late 80s and early 90s when novelty condoms became popular, due to the safe sex reasons.

For that reason, coloured and flavoured condoms probably began as part public health issue, part commercial opportunity.

If you listened during sex-ed at school then you should know that some STIs can be transmitted through unprotected oral sex. Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, Herpes/HPV are all possibilities, so a strawberry or banana flavoured condom theoretically makes safe oral sex more appealing.

The other reason behind donning a bright colour down there? Impressing your partner. 

Some people, for example, love certain colours. So if your partner loves to wear pink head to toe, why not extend that colour affinity to the more private aspects of your life? 

Even if you're not into introducing colour to your man parts, but come across them anyway (we all have emergencies!) it pays to remember something. No matter how comical or silly they might make the wearer feel, a blue, or yellow, or red condom is certainly better than no condom at all.