In the hopes of making condoms more appealing, scientists have developed a self-lubricating latex condom.
The condom, which was developed by scientists backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, becomes slippery on contact with bodily fluids.
One of the biggest turn-offs about condoms for many people is the discomfort involved when using them.
While users can add lubrication, this can be messy and disruptive.
But the new condom has a special, durable coating, that remains slippery throughout intercourse.
The researchers hope that this could make the condoms more appealing to use, and in turn, prevent the spread of STIs.
During testing, the researchers found that the condoms could withstand at least 1,000 thrusts without losing slipperiness.
To see how people respond to the condom, the researchers asked 33 male and female participants to touch and rate a standard condom, and the new self-lubricating version.
Results revealed that most of the participants rated the self-lubricating condom more highly.
Speaking to the BBC , Professor Mark Grinstaff, from Boston University, said: “It feels a bit slimy when you handle it dry, but in the presence of water or natural fluids it becomes really slick.
“You only need a little bit of fluid to activate it.”
The researchers now hope to carry out further tests to see how the self-lubricating condom performs in ‘real-life settings.’
The study was published in the Royal Society Open Science journal.