New self-lubricating condoms could boost their use, prevent STDs

A study, conducted by a team of scientists from Boston University, have said their self-lubricating condoms may help increase condom use.

(CNN)Self-lubricating condoms may be the answer in helping prevent sexually transmitted infections and unplanned pregnancies, researchers have found.

In a step away from the traditional water- or oil-based condoms currently on the market, a team of scientists from Boston University has created a condom that is self-lubricating, becoming slippery when it comes into contact with moisture -- for example, bodily fluids.
The team assessed the performance of the condoms when faced with friction and then surveyed 33 people who felt the condoms to get their opinions on whether they would use them.
    Their study found that the majority of people surveyed -- 73% -- not only preferred the feel of the condoms to those currently available but also said it would increase their condom use.
    The study size was small and the new condoms have yet to be tested during sex, but researchers hope to start a clinical trial soon.
    For some, without enough lubrication, sex can be painful and uncomfortable and condoms may break or slip. The team, which was backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, says the self-lubricating coating "shows potential to be an effective strategy for decreasing friction-associated pain, increasing user satisfaction and increasing condom use."
    Pain and reduced sensation are common reasons why people don't use condoms, according to previous research in the US.
    The majority of participants who were involved in touch-tests of the self lubricating condoms found that they preferred the condom over those currently available.