Has Durex finally come up with the magic, prophylactic bullet? Trojan's whipping boy, which only commands six-to-eight percent of the U.S. over-the-counter condom market, needed to goose sales, and they just might be onto something with their new erection-enhancing condom, known as the CSD500, that contains a dose of Zanifil gel in the tip.

The gel, or "erectogenic compound," from U.K. drugmaker Futura, is based on the chemical nitroglycerin, and boosts blood flow in the penis (and hopefully bedroom spirits). Zanifil also uses a patented delivery system that allows medicine to rapidly permeate the skin.

As Daniel Mahony, a hedge-fund manager at London's Polar Capital (who owns shares of Futura), put it, "It's essentially Viagra in a condom." And as if that weren't enough, Futura is also working on a topical spray that helps delay ejaculation, due to hit U.S. stores next year. Better living through chemistry indeed!

The Zanifil condoms, which won't require a doctor's prescription, are cleared for sale in twenty-nine countries, and are expected to hit shelves in Europe next year. The biggest growth prospects are thought to lie in the U.S., where the condom's partners are "exploring the approval process." According to Futura's CEO, James Barder, the main reason the product isn't available yet is due to a marketing-sensitivity issue. Since forty percent of condoms are purchased by women, it's crucial that marketing materials successfully finesse differing gender attitudes towards sex. Barder explained:

"If the packaging says it will give you a bigger penis, and a woman gives it to a man, it might cause a reaction, like, 'What, you're saying my penis is small?' This area does have sensitivities. Positioning is critical."

 

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Commentarium (17 Comments)

Dec 08 11 - 3:06pm
Napoleon TNT

Now, maybe I'm just a sexually inexperienced 26-year old whose only had a handful of year-long relationships, but don't you need to be already hard to get the condom on? Chicken before the egg?

Dec 08 11 - 3:24pm
JeffMills

It's an erection-ENHANCING condom.

Dec 08 11 - 4:43pm
Gonzo

If you don't have an erection, you cannot put on a condom.
If you already have an erection, then you don't need any enhancing.

Dec 08 11 - 4:52pm
JeffMills

Depends on who you're talking to.

Dec 08 11 - 5:52pm
Danny d

I test drove one of these.
Works GREAT....except you need to put it straight on your penis and not goof around with it.
I did.
I stuck it on my middle finger and played hand puppets with it, using a George dubla accent.
It was big fun at the time, but now I've got a black eye, two loose teeth and an uber slapped face.
All week I've been inadvertantly giving people the bird.

Dec 09 11 - 1:33am
nope

This was way funnier than a "my finger, the dick" joke had any right to be.

Dec 08 11 - 6:00pm
Danny d

This just in:

Found another use for these babies last night.
1/. Slip a Whipping Boy condom over your tongue
2/. Wait ten minutes
3/. Remove condom.
4/. Occupy barstool at a lesbian bar
5/. Casually lick eyebrow.
6/. Enjoy

Dec 08 11 - 6:23pm
JeffMills

Cool. Does it matter which eyebrow?

Dec 08 11 - 6:32pm
Len

Or, more importantly, whose eyebrow ?

Dec 08 11 - 9:52pm
JM

"This area does have sensitivities. Positioning is critical."

Haha.. That's what she said..

Anyone?

Dec 09 11 - 9:32am
a nony mouse

+1

Dec 09 11 - 1:31am
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Dec 09 11 - 11:34pm
Lisa

Am I the only one already picturing people trying to eat the gel out of the tip?

Dec 10 11 - 2:07am
JeffMills

Yes.

Dec 15 11 - 4:08am
adsf

Nitrogylcerin derivative, eh? "Nitroglycerin is an oil that may explode with heat, pressure or when it burns. It is extremely unstable, therefore dropping or bumping a container can also make it explode." Say good bye to Mr. Penis!

Dec 20 11 - 1:50am
Hard Hearted

Do not use nitroglycerine if you take nitrates for chest pain...

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