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You might think that there are only so many ways in which condoms can be improved since the advent of ribbing, flavouring and better fit for various sizes.

However, you would be wrong, because a new study has shown that a brand new invention could soon be revolutionising the humble sheath - and perhaps protected sex as we know it.

According to the Royal Society Open Science Journal, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has been funding studies into building better condoms for several years. The organisation is dedicated to boosting health and sustainability around the world and the idea is that if condoms can be improved, more people would wear them and sexually transmitted infection rates would decrease, as would unwanted pregnancies.

A team at Boston University in the US has now successfully developed a prophylactic that does not need lubrication to feel slippery, something that could raise levels of enjoyment for both partners and reduce the need for separate products to lower friction.

The breakthrough came in the form of a polymer coating, which is layered on top of the traditional latex during production. Lead researcher Mark Grinstaff explained that once the polymer comes into contact with moisture, it reacts by drawing it in and keeping it on its surface to create a super-slick surface.

In tests, respondents said they preferred the feel of the new condoms to existing pre-lubricated products available today. Some of those surveyed who said they 'never' used condoms (for shame) even said they would use these if they were made available.

They could be in luck too, as the researchers said they hope to bring the new technology to market within the next two years. If this is the case, then we'll definitely look into stocking them here at

What's more, the creators reckon the new condoms are good for 1,000 thrusts before they finally dry out, which means you could literally be getting a lot of bang for your buck (especially given typical sex lasts for between 100 and 500 thrusts).

Watch this space!