Next-generation condoms might feel like human skin

Condoms made out of “tough hydrogels” might one day save lives, reduce unplanned pregnancies, and make safe sex a pleasure. A research team from the University of Wollongong is working to replace latex with the biomaterial, which is similar to the kind used in contact lenses. According to a release, the self-lubricated substance possesses a “stiffness similar to body tissues,” allowing it to potentially confer greater sensitivity. Hydrogels can also be made transparent and biodegradable to enable environmentally friendly disposal.

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