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What materials have been used to make condoms?
Answered by Planet Green
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  1. Condoms have been made from a wide variety of materials throughout history. One of the earliest materials was horn, which made a hard condom in Japan. Another early type of condom, made with linen and ribbons, was more user-friendly. By the 18th century, condoms were made from animal membranes such as intestines and bladders. The latex condom first arrived in the late 19th century. The newest materials being incorporated into condoms are different polymers such as polyisoprene and polyurethane; still, more than 99 percent of condoms sold worldwide are latex. Each country has its own condom standards regulating a condom’s dimensions, but the typical latex condom is 6 inches (160 millimeters) long, 2 inches (52 mm) wide when laid flat and 0.003 inches (0.07 mm) thick.

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