You might have heard the phrase “ribbed condom” from a few friends over the years, but you probably don’t know it’s a real term.
But it’s really nothing to do with the way condoms are made, and there’s actually a lot more to it than you might think.
According to the International AIDS Society (IAS), the ribbed condom is a term that refers to condoms made from a single piece of tissue.
While there’s no evidence to support it, there’s some research to suggest it may help reduce HIV transmission.
But ribbed condoms aren’t just used in developing countries, or even in the US, where they’re still fairly common.
So what is the ribbing going on?
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health and the National Institutes of Health found that ribbing is a process that creates a very thin layer of latex that is bonded to a polyethylene material (PEM) on the inside.
When the latex layer is broken off, the two pieces of tissue break apart and become an internal layer.
Ribbed condoms are more durable, which is why you might expect them to last longer than normal condoms.
There’s another reason why ribbed and regular condoms might be comparable: they’re both made from PEM.
This is important because a person’s health can be directly affected by how their condoms are manufactured.
For instance, when you purchase a new condom, you’re paying for an unbreakable piece of rubber that may not be completely waterproof.
If it gets wet, it can potentially cause an infection.
Ribbed or regular condoms, by contrast, are designed to stay put for the length of time you want them.
According the IAS, PEM condoms were the first condom to be approved for use in the United States in 1994.
Since then, researchers have discovered that some people prefer the durability of ribbed versus regular condoms.
It’s likely that the more durable PEM condom will last longer and be more absorbent.
So if you want to know if a condom is made from the right material, you should go ahead and look at the labels.
The bottom line is, you shouldn’t buy a condom from a store if you don’t expect it to be durable, absorbent, and last longer.