Condom sales in the US have been on the rise in recent months as the country is relaxing social distancing measures imposed during the pandemic with the increase in vaccinated people.

According to the latest figures from IRI, a company that analyzes data at points of sale, the purchase of male condoms in the US rose 23.4% from March 21 to April 18 compared to the same period last year, CNN reported this Friday.

In addition, Reckitt Benckiser, the manufacturer of condones Durex, assured that the brand registers a double-digit sales increase during the last quarter compared to the same quarter last year, and although they have not revealed a specific figure, they attribute the rise to the relaxation of social distancing rules.

The company said it was seeing “improvements for Durex in markets where social restrictions are easing,” Reckitt Benckiser CEO Laxman Narasimhan told analysts on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, two of the largest pharmacy chains in the US, Walgreens and CVS, also ensure that the sale of condoms has grown “substantially” in the last weeks in relation to the same period of 2020, without providing concrete figures.

In addition, Church & Dwight, which manufactures the Trojan brand, one of the most popular in the US, affirms that it expects a significant increase in sales, especially due to a rise in consumption by the youngest.

This Thursday, the CEO of the company, Matt Farrell, said that the sale of condoms is expected to “rise compared to last year with the reopening of the company and greater mobility of consumers.”

The improvement in condom sales comes after several years of decline, since in 2017 they already fell by 2.4% and in 2018 by 3.4%, only slightly increasing in 2019 by 1.2%, according to the figures by IRI.

Kevin Grundy, an analyst at the Jeffries company, pointed out that the condom market has lost ground in recent years due to the advancement of other types of contraceptive methods, including the morning-after pill.

In addition, according to a study by Indiana University and the Swedish Karolinska Institute, sexual inactivity among American adults increased between 2000 and 2018, something they attributed to several factors, including the increase in the presence of technology and social networks.

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