History of the Condom

Pasante sell over 60,000,000 condoms a year! That’s 2 condoms every second! 

Here’s some history of the condom and a trip down Pasante’s memory lane!

  • 1350 – 1220 BC: Ancient Egyptian tribesmen used sheaths to protect themselves against infection, injury and insect bites
  • 100 – 200 BC: Cave paintings in the Dordogne area of Southern France were the earliest evidence of European condom use
  • 1500s: The Italian anatomist Gabrielle Fallopius claimed to have invented a condom made of linen and cut to the shape of the glans. He conducted trials amongst 1,100 men using the condom. None of the 1,100 men became infected with syphilis
  • 1700s: Condoms, which were made from animal gut, became increasingly well known. Condom shops appeared during this time and by 1766 many shops were producing advertisements
  • 1843: Goodyear and Hancock made the revolutionary discovery of rubber vulcanisation, making it possible to mass produce more reliable and less expensive condoms
  • 1957: The first lubricated condom was launched in the UK
  • 1968: The first condom vending contract was obtained with a brewer
  • 1980s: Condoms began to be sold in pubs, grocery stores and supermarkets across the world. With the recognition of HIV and AIDS, prophylactic use of condoms increased
  • 1980: Asda was the first supermarket to sell condoms
  • 1987: The government launched its ‘Don’t Die of Ignorance’ campaign, spelling out the dangers of HIV and AIDS to the general public
  • 2000: The Pasante trademark was registered
  • 2001: Pasante launched and sold the first Pasante branded condom in the UK
  • 2002: Pasante launched a range of condom demonstrators
  • 2002: Pasante launched a school sex education video
  • 2002: Pasante launched a range of sexual health resources
  • 2002: Pasante secured its first NHS contract
  • 2003: Pasante launched a range of latex flavoured dams
  • 2004: The Pasante Female Condom was launched
  • 2004: Pasante secured its first major UK retail listing
  • 2004: Pasante launched Pleasure Plus condoms, uniquely shaped and packed in an innovative tin
  • 2004: Pasante launched the world’s first non-latex dam
  • 2004: Pasante introduced the world’s first condom measurer
  • 2005: Pasante launched the world’s thinnest condom (Unique)
  • 2006: VAT on condoms was reduced from 17.5% to 5%
  • 2007: Pasante launched Delay condoms
  • 2008: Pasante launched the UK’s first range of condoms in Female designed packaging (Desire)
  • 2008 – Pasante launched the first ECO packs in to the NHS market, offering lower cost condoms and 33% less packaging, utilising recycled paper and a biodegradable outer bag
  • 2008: Pasante launched inflatable condom suits to be used at large safe sex promotional events
  • 2009: Pasante secured its first Export partner
  • 2009: Pasante launched the world’s first Red Ribbon condoms to support World Aids Day
  • 2009: Pasante launched the World’s first correctly orientated non-latex male condom (Sensiva)
  • 2009: Pasante launched the world’s first Soccer condoms in round foils (Halo Soccer)
  • 2010: Pasante launched the first ever BSI Kitemarked approved Glow in the Dark condom
  • 2010: Pasante launched Warming and Cooling condoms
  • 2010: Pasante launched Black coloured condoms
  • 2011: Pasante celebrated its 10th anniversary
  • 2011: Pasante launched the world’s first Heart shaped foiled condoms
  • 2012: Pasante launched Gold Medal condoms to support sexual health promotion around the London Olympics
  • 2012: Pasante launched the world’s first Fizzy Cola and Bubblegum flavoured condoms

The origin of the word ‘condom’ is unknown, but there are many different stories and theories. The most likely theory is that the word ‘condom’ is derived from the Latin ‘condus’ which means receptacle.