For millennia, mankind has been working on developing a smaller, more effective, less intrusive barrier method than the traditional condom. Yet one Atlanta-based manufacturer has managed to reverse the evolution of male contraception in one fell swoop with the Scroguard, a giant jockstrap that covers not only your penis during sex, but your pelvis and scrotum as well.
Basically, the Scroguard is a giant latex Mormon diaper with a little hole poked through for your member. It’s intended as a barrier method that “comfortably reduces skin-to-skin contact during sex in the genital areas not covered” by a traditional peen sheath.
To a certain extent, the Scroguard isn’t totally insane: Although condoms offer a fair amount of protection against STIs, it’s still possible to contract some STIs, like herpes, via skin-to-skin contact, even if a condom is being used. The Scroguard is also intended to be “lightweight” enough to not prove cumbersome or irritating during sex (though we can certainly imagine the sound of rhythmically squeaking rubber would serve as a form of contraception in itself.)
That having been said, the Scroguard is not FDA-approved, nor is it particularly sexy, unless you have a latex fetish and/or a particularly bad case of OCD. The above animation/promotional video (complete with rhyming intro) also seems a little too ridiculous for the Scroguard to be legit. (We’ve reached out to cofounder Addison Sears-Collins for comment on this point and a few others, and will update when we hear back.)
Assuming that the Scroguard is for real, however, if you want to partake in some good old-fashioned, no-holds-barred pelvis-bumping, the standard Trojan is still probably your best bet.
Update: We heard back from founder Addison Sears-Collins, who confirmed:
Yes, this is real and can be purchased on the Pricing page of our website. We launched last week and had more interest in the product than we originally had anticipated.
The feedback from our customers has been great. Primary interest has come from casual sex partners and committed couples who want peace of mind, members of the HPV and Herpes community (note: we’re not an FDA approved medical device), non-monogamous men and women, and members of the swing and latex fetish community.
Sears-Collins also elaborated on how Scroguard protects wearers from STDs: “The fact is that more than 50% of sexually active Americans will get either genital herpes or HPV (source: CDC),” he wrote. “Both STDs can spread to areas not covered by a condom through direct skin-to-skin contact and genital secretions (this includes scrotum and other areas of the pubic region), even from someone who has no visible warts or sores. Condoms provide some protection but cannot fully protect against these STDs.”
H/T Refinery29 | Screengrab via Scroguard/YouTube