Trojan Stimulations Ultra Ribbed Lubricated Condoms - 12 Count
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Frequently Asked Questions
How long have condoms been around? What is the history of condoms?
Condoms have been used for a lot longer than the 1980s.
There’s an expiration date and a group of numbers on the foil package of my condoms. What does that all mean?
How to read:
The expiration date in this case is June 2013. The first two letters represent the plant. The first numeric digit represents the year of manufacture. The next three digits represent the day of the year of manufacture. Any remaining letters or numbers represent the dip line, foiling line, and the testing line. In the example above, the condom was produced on the 156th day of 2010.
A Quick Course in Condoms
- Just about everything you need to know about condoms in a simple, easy-to-understand listing.
The condom is a barrier form of contraceptive made from one of the following: specially processed latex (rubber), Natural lamb membrane material or polyurethane.
- Latex condoms for men, if used correctly with every act of vaginal intercourse, will help to reduce the risk of HIV infection (HIV) and many other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). They are also highly effective at preventing pregnancy.
- Natural membrane condoms only help to protect against pregnancy and are not recommended for the prevention of STDs.
- Polyurethane condoms offer an alternative to people with latex allergies. A study is being done to determine the risks of pregnancy and STDs, including HIV infection (AIDS), when using this condom. Laboratory tests on the polyurethane material show that organisms even as small as sperm and viruses like HIV cannot pass through it.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration and former Surgeon General Koop, along with many other health professionals, have advocated the use of latex condoms as the best available protection, other than abstinence, against the AIDS virus. When used properly, latex condoms also help prevent the transmission of other STDs, including gonorrhea, genital herpes, Chlamydia, syphilis and hepatitis-B. The FDA, which regulates condom packaging, states that it’s important to read the condom packaging to determine if the condom will help protect against STDs.
- If you are sexually active, condoms (used consistently and properly) provide the most effective method of birth control available without a prescription. Some condoms are coated with the spermicide nonoxynol-9 to help increase protection against pregnancy.
- Condoms are regulated as medical devices by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)which mandates labeling, good manufacturing practices, pre-market clearance and other requirements for condoms sold in the U.S.
- The FDA recognizes voluntary industry standards developed by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), which stipulate size, elasticity/elongation, thickness/thinness, strength and permeability of condoms (Standard Specifications for Latex Condoms, D-3492).
- Latex used in condom manufacturing is made from the sap of rubber, which is processed into liquid latex. The liquid latex is then compounded with other additives, creating the latex formula into which cylindrical glass molds (mandrels) are dipped. When dry, the latex condoms are rolled off the mandrels, inspected and packaged.
- All condoms show an expiration date on the packaging. If stored properly, the average shelf life for dry and lubricated latex condoms may be as long as four to five years.
- To protect condoms from deterioration while in storage, avoid exposure to direct sunlight or storage for prolonged periods of time at temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Unused condoms should be stored in their packs, in a cool dry place.(Avoid storing in a wallet.)
- Condoms are individually packaged in sealed, air-tight packets, which should not be opened until the condom is to be used.
- Condoms are not reusable. Used condoms should be disposed of properly, not thrown in the toilet.
- Never let a latex condom touch oil in any form, such as petroleum jelly, baby oil, mineral oil and vegetable oil. Oil rots rubber. Avoid exposure to talcum powder, which may contain oil.
- For additional lubrication, you may use personal lubricants designed for use with latex condoms such as other water-based lubricants.
- If used in conjunction with vaginal medical products, latex condoms may be weakened, thus reducing their effectiveness.
The Making of a Trojan™ Condom
Quality by design.
So how does a TROJAN™ Condom become a TROJAN™ Condom? Glad you asked because you don’t become America’s most trusted brand without a commitment to quality. The TROJAN™ Quality Control team keeps a vigilant eye on each step of the process. When raw latex arrives, Quality Control specialists take samples and test them based on strict specifications. They then test again at the end of the vulcanizing process. Don’t know what vulcanizing means? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. See Step #1 below where the process is defined.
During dipping, Quality Control technicians monitor and collect condom samples hourly. The samples, with lot numbers carefully recorded, are taken to the lab and put through several tests. If samples from any batch prove to be sub-standard, the problem is investigated immediately and corrected. Sub-standard lots are rejected and destroyed.
Condoms are then dried, coated with a non-stick agent and tested for air burst break and volume properties, and for water leakage. Only lots that pass all required testing are permitted to be processed further. All sub-standard lots are rejected and destroyed.
After the electronic testing process the condoms are individually sealed in foiled pouches, and ready for final testing and Quality Control acceptance. At this stage, all lots are tested for air burst pressure and volume, proper seal on the foil, and that all labeling, cartoning, expiration dating and lubricant weights and type are correct. Only lots that pass all of these requirements are released for sale by Quality Control. All other lots are destroyed.
Here is a brief overview of how TROJAN™ latex condoms are made.
Step #1: Building strength with vulcanization
No, vulcanization has nothing to do with pointy-eared aliens. It’s the process they use to compound raw latex, giving it strength and elasticity. They pump raw latex into compounding kettles, add other materials and turn up the heat. They then store the liquid latex compound in stainless steel tanks.
Step #2: A quick dip, on to the oven, then a bath
Many a health spa would be jealous. They dip clean glass molds into the latex bath, then cure them in an oven at 75º Fahrenheit. From there, the glass molds are given a hot-water bath. Then, rotating brushes remove the condoms from the molds.
Step #3: On the dry side
The condoms are dried in batches of about 50,000 in large dryers for two hours.
Step #4: Electronic testing
Electronic testing machines make sure every TROJAN™ condom is up to snuff. Each condom travels on a stainless steel mold into a water solution charged with an electric current. If current passes through the condom to the mold, there’s a hole in the condom and it’s off to the "reject" bin.
Step #5: Foiled
The condoms that ace the electronic test are individually sealed in foil pouches, and coded with a lot number and expiration date. Pouches are inspected by hand as they travel off the line.
Step #6: Hitting the shelves
They insert pouches into cartons and code them with lot numbers and expiration dates. They then bundle the cartons and ship them to retailers.
Latex condoms reduce the risk of transmitting STIs by providing a barrier against the source of the infection. However, they do not completely eliminate the risks of pregnancy and STIs.
- To get the most protection from a latex condom, use one correctly every time you have sex. Please see directions for use on inner side of carton.
- There are many STIs. A latex condom can reduce the risk of STI transmission (such as HIV infection (AIDS) and gonorrhea) to or from the penis. However, some STIs (such as Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and herpes) can also be spread by other sexual contact.
- For additional information on condoms, STIs and pregnancy protection, or if you believe you have an STI, contact a health care provider or public health agency.
- Condoms are highly effective against pregnancy, less than 2 women in 100 get pregnant during one year of typical correct and consistent use. Other contraceptive methods are more or less effective than condoms. If you have any questions about birth control options, particularly because of health reasons for avoiding pregnancy, discuss with a health care provider or public health agency which would be your best choice.
Trojan™ Brand Condoms are America's #1 condom and have been trusted for over 90 years. Trojan™ Brand Condoms are made from premium quality latex to help reduce the risk of unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.
Each condom is electronically tested to help ensure reliability. There are over 30 varieties of Trojan™ Brand Condoms. More Americans trust the Trojan™ Brand than any other condom.