The condom, or
sheath, is still used, although this too has been replaced with most
by other forms.
It consists of a rubber sheath that the male fits over the penis in the
erect state prior to vaginal penetration. The spermatic ejaculate
enters a small dilated nipple at the closed end of the device. It is
often used in women who are on the Pill,
but who prefer to be
month or two rest spell.
It appears to be
more widely used among unmarried couples or with those whose sexual
encounters are of the casual kind. At least the condom has one added
function which is most important these promiscuous days. It gives
both parties excellent protection against the risk of contracting or
spreading venereal infections, and for that reason it is to be hoped
its availability will continue. There is no hope of stamping out
promiscuous living, and this, at least, is one way of reducing the
national V.D. toll, which has been escalating at an appalling rate.
Doctors are well
aware of the protective value of the simple condom. In fact, the
advent of the Pill
and its ready availability has often been blamed for the increase in
V.D. Women, of all social strata, now tend to use the Pill, whereas
in former times there was a greater reliance on the condom, which
mechanically prevented or greatly reduced the V.D. transmission
condom is said to be very widely used, particularly in the Orient.