It’s a well-known fact men don’t like wearing condoms. They’re annoying to put on, fail to enhance the experience and often lead to the loss of an erection, although that could just be me.
We live in a world where STI’s are on the rise and the prospect of bringing an unplanned child into the world is frightening as all hell, so using condoms is a necessary evil.
As the only proven form of male contraception, condoms are an important part of many men’s sex lives (or at least they should be).
But now a new product has been developed, and it’s making waves in the US for all the wrong reasons.
Jiftip is a male contraceptive created by Sumina Global Limited and marketed as “a new innovation to feel real sex” that promises to deliver a “higher form of intimacy than condoms.”
The device is a small adhesive sticker that covers the urethra to stop semen escaping when you ejaculate. Selling in packs of three for $US6 ($7.50) Jiftips are designed as a more convenient and pleasurable method of having sex without wearing a condom.
But one look at the company’s website and any hope of Jiftip being the new way forward in sexual safety is quickly dashed. The site is plastered with cheesy catchphrases like, “Nobody can stop you if you’re a warrior” and “Sometimes the pain is worth the pleasure,” along with an off-putting instructional video and a number of gifs featuring penises.
What’s most concerning is the disclaimer near the bottom of the website that reads, “Use for sexual pleasure enhancement only. Not intended, tested or approved to protect or prevent anything, therefore makes NO medical, health, or safety claims, zero! ARE WE CLEAR?”
So not only do the makers of Jiftips encouraging you to shove a piece of plastic down your japseye, but there’s no guarantee it will protect you from STIs or an unwanted pregnancy. As you can imagine, health experts aren’t on board either.
“There’s no evidence to suggest that this product is safe or effective, and it could potentially be very painful,” Natika Halil, chief executive of sexual health charity the Family Planning Association told The Sun.
Brian Steixner, M.D., a urologist at the Jersey Urology Group in New Jersey echoed Halil’s concerns when speaking with Men’s Health. “It might not be strong enough to be able to stop the ejaculate at the rate and velocity it is released. Condoms have been tested, and they really don’t break unless you’re doing something wrong. So until studies prove that the Jiftip can contain ejaculate, there’s no guarantee.”
Bottom line, if you want to feel safe and secure – wear a condom when fucking. Please.