Dhaal Deluxe Condoms
Dhaal, launched in 1978, is the flagship brand of Nepal CRS Company. This is a highly lubricated condom, sold for Rs 5.00 per pack of 5 units. Dhaal Deluxe is promoted with a dual purpose: as a method of family planning and a HIV/STI prevention. The product was re-launched in 2007 with a new packaging and communication campaign.
The History of Condoms
The use of condoms can be traced back several thousand years. It is known that around 1000 BC the ancient Egyptians used a linen sheath for protection against disease.
100 - 200 AD
The earliest evidence of condom use in Europe comes from scenes in cave paintings at Combarelles in France. There is also some evidence that some form of condom was used in imperial Rome.
The syphilis epidemic that spread across Europe gave rise to the first published account of the condom. Gabrielle Fallopius described a sheath of linen he clai
med to have invented to protect men against syphilis. Having been found useful for prevention of infection, it was only later that the usefulness of the condom for the prevention of pregnancy was recognized.
Later in the 1500s, one of the first improvements to the condom was made, when the linen cloth sheaths were sometimes soaked in a chemical solution and then allowed to dry prior to use. These were the first spermicidals on condoms.
The first published use of the world 'condum' was in a 1706 poem. It has also been suggested that Condom was a doctor in the time of Charles II. It is believed that he invented the device to help the king to prevent the birth of more illegitimate children.
Even the most famous lover of all, Casanova, was using the condom as a birth control as well as against infection.
Condoms made out of animal intestines began to be available. However, they were quite expensive and the unfortunate result was that they were often reused. This type of condom was described at the time as "armour against pleasure, and a cobweb against infection".
In the second half of the 1700's, a trade in handmade condoms thrived in London and some shops where producing handbills and advertisements of condoms.
The use of condoms was affected by technological, economic and social development in Europe and the US in the 1800s.
Condom manufacturing was revolutionized by the discovery of rubber vulcanization by Goodyear (founder of the tyre company) and Hancock. This meant that is was possible to mass produce rubber goods including condoms quickly and cheaply. Vulcanization is a process, which turns the rubber into a strong elastic material.
In 1861, the first advertisement for condoms was published in an American newspaper when The New York Times printed an ad. for 'Dr. Power's French Preventatives.'
In 1873, the Comstock Law was passed. Named after Anthony Comstock, the Comstock Law made illegal the advertising of any sort of birth control, and it also allowed the postal service to confiscate condoms sold through the mail.
Until the 1920s, most condoms were manufactured by hand-dipping from rubber cement. These kinds of condoms aged quickly and the quality was doubtful.
In 1919, Frederick Killian initiated hand-dipping from natural rubber latex in Ohio. The latex condoms had the advantage of ageing less quickly and being thinner and odorless. These new type of condoms enjoyed a great expansion of sales. By the mid-1930s, the fifteen largest makers in the U.S. were producing 1.5 million condoms a day.
In 1957, the very first lubricated condom was launched in the UK by Durex.
From the early 1960s, the use of condoms as a contraceptive device declined as the pill, the coil and sterilization became more popular.
The use of the condom increased strikingly in many countries following the recognition of HIV/AIDS in the 1980's. Condoms also became available in pubs, bars, grocery stores and supermarkets.
The female condom has been available in Europe since 1992 and it was approved in 1993 by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Find out more information about female condoms.
In 1994, the world's first polyurethane condom for men was launched in the US. The 1990s also saw the introduction of colored and flavored condoms.
What is a Male Condom?
Male condom is a sheath or covering that fits over a man’s erect penis. Mostly it is made up of thin latex rubber. It is the only temporary contraceptive product available for men. It works by forming a barrier that keeps sperm out of the vagina, preventing pregnancy. It also keeps infections in semen, on the penis, or in the vagina preventing from infecting the other. Its effectiveness is 98 percent if used correctly.
How does one use it?
Men put Dhaal/Panther on the erect penis before sexual intercourse. It acts as a barrier preventing sperm to enter the vagina, preventing conception.
After ejaculation, the man needs to hold the rim of the condom to the base of the penis so it will not slip off. He should put his penis out of the vagina before losing his erection completely. This reduces the chances of the condom slipping off, spilling semen in the vagina.
Do condoms have side effects?
- Protects from STIs like AIDS in addition to Family Planning
- Widely available and easy to use
- A new condom is needed for each sexual intercourse