Condom Olympics- A demo video

So a few weeks ago I participated in Teachmeet Taunton and decided to introduce the world to Condom Olympics.  To contextualise this I gave everyone a copy of the lesson plan for this session a version of which I have made available for free on TES Resources.

This lesson maybe good for Science (material properties), D&T (Product Design, Material properties), Business Studies (product development) etc. as well as PSHE teaching about the limitations of condoms in a fun and engaging way.   This lesson isn’t necessarily one I would teach all students (in a time tight curriculum I often have more pressing material to cover) but for some students it will engage them around condom safety in a way that other lessons wouldn’t, so as with all lessons- use your professional judgement to work out what is best for your learners.

The key messages might be:

Oil based lubricants, fingernails, over stretching will all damage condoms but also condoms are very resilient to stretching (fitted 4cans of beans in one condom with room for more- and held over a litre of water before bursting) therefore used properly they are very safe. Condoms are tricky to put on if you are impaired (drunk goggles/in dark), and that condoms are effective at keeping semen in but the blacklight shows the need to wash hands and “penis” afterwards.

The video of my efforts can be seen below (apologies for being painfully loud at times. I have no volume control!)

From left to right the activities are:

  • Rubbing waterbased and oil based lubricants onto blown up condoms (oil based will pop)
  • Picking up paperclips with a condom over your hand
  • How much water can a condom hold (over a bowl!)
  • How many tins will fit in a single condom
  • Drunk goggles- trying to get a condom on the demonstrator
  • Condom in a TV box- demo a condom whilst you can’t see
  • Ejaculating condom demonstrator, with UV sensitive artificial semen and Blacklight

I owe huge thanks to my awesome “Condom Athletes” who helped the activity go with a bang. (literally at 1.18mins in!).  All participants got a “Condom Gold Medal” (the condoms were kindly donated by Pasante and I bought the medals from the party shop!)IMG_1494

Throughly enjoyed my first teachmeet experience and looking forward to the next one TM Exeter where I’m going to do a less fun but very important top tips for challenging homophobia and transphobia. Hope to see you there!


Teaching about the Nuvaring (hormonal contraceptive ring)

A lot of SRE teachers I speak to are not really aware of the Nuvaring as a method of contraception. Despite being licensed in the UK since 2002 it is not widely available due to it being expensive (£10 a month) and many clinics don’t offer it due to cost. It is a hormonal ring a woman wears internally for 3 weeks before removing it for a week to have a bleed before inserting a fresh ring. It is 99% effective. You can find out more information here.

The Nuvaring is included as part of the FPA’s contraceptive display kit, a photo the Nuvaring model from it be seen below. However the actual Nuvaring itself is not blue or attached to a retractable string and sometimes I feel this aspect of the demo model may confuse young people (especially the string aspect). Not all schools can afford demo kits either, instead relying on a hodge podge of empty pill packets, and condoms, coils etc begged borrowed or stolen from clinic colleagues.

20130929-090216.jpgTherefore I have come up with a possibly better and cheaper demo model to use with classes. The Femidom includes a small plastic ring:


And this is roughly the same size shape and transparency as the Nuvaring (although admittedly a little thicker and less flexible), but a really good alternative model if the Nuvaring official model is out of reach. (Plus has added advantage of being transparent like the real Nuvaring- tbh I was suprised real Nuvaring was transparent when I first saw one because I had it in my head it was blue like the demo model!!)


Schools definitely should teach about the Nuvaring, (after all if people don’t know about it, they won’t know to ask for it, and demand for it may lower prices making it more widely available) and they should easily be able to make their own demonstration model from the ring in a femidom (provided they have a Femidom in their kit- if not maybe a white/transparent jelly/shag bracelet/band would do as well (although be a bit big).

Hope that helps.

Happy Educating.


P.S Just in case perhaps it would be wise not to let students see you are using the Femidom and Nuvaring rings interchangeably. It may set up a misconception that the actual methods are interchangeable which obviously they are not.