Aside from changes to material and gimmicky flavors, condoms have remained unchanged throughout the last 50 years but these new self-lubricating condoms aim to revolutionize the safe sex industry. Designed as part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's competition to create a condom for the next generation, these self-lubricating condoms aim to provide sexual protection while increasing a "user's satisfaction." This focus on satisfaction is key to the design of the new condom and researchers hope it will “increase condom usage among populations that do not consistently use condoms.”
The self-lubrication capabilities of the condoms come from layers of hydrophilic polymers that coat the latex condom. These polymers become wet when they contact moisture and unlike regular condoms, where the lubricant wears off, this design is able to maintain its slipperiness and can withstand "1,000 cycles."