Research

During the creation process of the Tryst we decided that we did not want the ‘Tryst’ to be a reflective of a distasteful intimacy kit like those found in hotels. During our research we realized that the majority of the competing products would never be carried by women much less be used in a real situation.  Hence we decided during creation of the company, the ‘Tryst’ creation process, and our entire approach into the industry would be different. Discreet + Empowered = Sexy

Over 600 women nationwide were surveyed during our data gathering process.  Another 100 women were individually interviewed in connection with the creation of the ‘Tryst’ kit. What we found out is that women have two types of sleep over dates. The first is where they return to their date’s residence but leave early in the morning. This date only required a minimum of items of which we identified 12. The second is where they would spend the night and then have to endure that awkward breakfast / brunch post date meal the next day. This kit (which is still in development) required up to 30 items.

This first kit the ‘Tryst‘ is our attempt to provide the items necessary for the first type of ‘sleep out’ date..

Below is some of the other information that we found during our research into the dating habits of today’s woman-

• 43 million women of reproductive age, or 7 in 10, are sexually active and do not want to become pregnant, but could become pregnant if they or their partners fail to use a contraceptive method.

Mosher WD et al., Use of contraception and use of family planning services in the United States: 1982–2002, Advance Data from Vital and Health Statistics, No. 350. 2004.

www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/ad/ad350FactSheet.pdf

Facts on Contraceptive Use

January, 2008

WHO NEEDS CONTRACEPTIVES?

• 62 million U.S. women are in their childbearing years (15–44).[1]

• 43 million women of reproductive age, or 7 in 10, are sexually active and do not want to become pregnant, but could become pregnant if they or their partners fail to use a contraceptive method.[2]

• The typical U.S. woman wants only 2 children. To achieve this goal, she must use contraceptives for roughly 3 decades.[3]

WHO USES CONTRACEPTIVES?

• Virtually all women (98%) aged 15–44 who have ever had intercourse have used at least one contraceptive method.[2]

• Overall, 62% of the 62 million women aged 15–44 are currently using one.[2]

• 31% of the 62 million women do not need a method because they are infertile; are pregnant, postpartum or trying to become pregnant; have never had intercourse; or are not sexually active.[2]

• Thus, only 7% of women aged 15–44 are at risk of unwanted pregnancy but are not using contraceptives.[2]

• Among the 42 million fertile, sexually active women who do not want to become pregnant, 89% are practicing contraception.[2]

WHICH METHODS DO WOMEN USE?

• 64% of reproductive-age women who practice contraception use reversible methods, such as oral contraceptives or condoms. The remaining women rely on female or male sterilization.[2]

TEEN CONTRACEPTIVE USE

• Teenagers (aged 15–19) who do not use a contraceptive at first sex are twice as likely to become teen mothers as are teenagers who use a method.[2]

• 27% of teenage women using contraceptives choose condoms as their primary method. Condom use declines as women grow older and marry.[2]

• Of the 3.1 million teenage women who use contraceptives, 53%—more than 1.5 million women—rely on the pill.[2]

• 45% of teenage women who practice contraception use condoms, either alone (19%) or with another method (25%).[2]

CONTRACEPTIVE USE AT FIRST INTERCOURSE

• The proportion of women who used a contraceptive method the first time they had sex has nearly doubled, from 43% in the 1970s to 79% in 1999–2002. The change is mostly due to an increase—from 22% to 67%—in the proportion using the male condom at first sex.[2]

• The proportion of women using contraceptives at first intercourse increases as age at first intercourse increases. 55% of women who first had sex before age 16 used a method, compared with 70% who first had sex at age 19 or older.[2]

• 67% of non-Hispanic white women used a method at first intercourse, compared with 60% of black women and just 46% of Hispanic women.[2]

TRENDS IN CONTRACEPTIVE USE

• The proportion of women aged 15–44 currently using a contraceptive increased from 56% in 1982 to 64% in 1995, and then declined slightly to 62% in 2002.[2]

• The proportion of women who are at risk of unwanted pregnancy but not using a method increased from 5% in 1995 to 7% in 2002.[2]

• Among teenagers who are sexually active and able to become pregnant, but do not want to become pregnant, the proportion who are not using contraceptives has remained steady at about 7%. But older women are now more likely to fall into this category, with an increase from 5% in 1995 to 8% in 2002 among 25–29-year-olds and from 4% to 7% among 30–34-year-olds.[2]

•The proportion of women using contraceptives who rely on condoms decreased between 1995 and 2002—from 20% to 18% among all women and from 30% to 23% among never-married women. However, use was still higher among both groups in 2002 than it was in 1988.[2,4]

• Between 1995 and 2002, the proportion of use accounted for by the pill increased slightly, from 27% to 31%.[2]

• 27% of contraceptive users relied on female sterilization in 2002, compared with 28% in 1988 and 1995.a href=”#2″>[2,4]

• The proportion of all users relying on the diaphragm declined from 6% in 1988 to 2% in 1995, and to nearly zero by 2002. On the other hand, the proportion of all users relying on the IUD increased slightly, from less than 1% in 1995 to 2% in 2002. [2]

• Forty-six percent of women who have abortions had not used a contraceptive method during the month they became pregnant. Of these women, 33% had perceived themselves to be at low risk for pregnancy, 32% had had concerns about contraceptive methods, 26% had had unexpected sex and 1% had been forced to have sex.

Jones RK, Darroch JE and Henshaw SK, Contraceptive use among U.S. women having abortions in 2000–2001, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2002, 34(6):294–303

ttp://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_induced_abortion.html

• 7.3 million women use barrier contraceptives, such as the male condom.[4]

http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_contr_use.html

• Although teens and young adults represent only 25% of the sexually active population, 15–24-year-olds account for nearly half of all STI diagnoses each year.

Weinstock H, Berman S and Cates W, Jr., Sexually transmitted diseases among American youth: incidence and prevalence estimates, 2000. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2004, 36(1):6-10.

http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_sti.html

• 15% of contraceptive users rely on dual methods (most often the condom combined with another method). The proportions using more than one method are greatest among teenagers and never-married women.

www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/ad/ad350FactSheet.pdf

• The CDC also estimates that 20 million people are currently infected with HPV, 6.2 million Americans get a new HPV infection each year and at least 50% of sexually active individuals will acquire an HPV infection at some point in their lives.

CDC, Genital HPV Infection: CDC Fact Sheet, May 2004 <http://www.cdc.gov/std/HPV/STDFact-HPV.htm>, accessed June 26, 2006.

• 64% of reproductive-age women who practice contraception use reversible methods, such as oral contraceptives or condoms.

www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/ad/ad350FactSheet.pdf

• In 2004, the overall rate of chlamydia infection among women (485 cases per 100,000 females) was more than three times the rate among men (147 per 100,000).

CDC, Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance, 2004. Atlanta, GA: CDC, 2005.

http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_sti.html

• Adolescents and youth in their 20s are much more likely than older men and women to contract chlamydia and gonorrhea.

Division of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, CDC, Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance, 1999, Atlanta: CDC, 2000

http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_10-02.html

• Flam, Faye. “Carnal Knowledge: The truth about single women.Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, PA). (Feb 8, 2007): NA. . Gale. Ann Arbor District Library. 19 Feb. 2008
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Full Text:COPYRIGHT 2007 The Philadelphia Inquirer

• Nearly half of pregnancies among American women are unintended, and four in 10 of these are terminated by abortion.

Finer LB and Henshaw SK, Disparities in rates of unintended pregnancy in the United States, 1994 and 2001, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2006, 38(2):90–96.

http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_induced_abortion.html

• Condom use is especially common among teens, 20–24-year-olds, childless women and never-married women.[2]

www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/ad/ad350FactSheet.pdf

Condoms: extra protection.Consumer Reports. 70.2 (Feb 2005): 34(5). . Gale. Ann Arbor District Library. 19 Feb. 2008
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Full Text:COPYRIGHT 2005 Consumers Union of the United States, Inc.

• During 2001, adolescent and adult women represented 26% of new AIDS cases, compared to only 11% in 1990 and 6% in 1982. 13% of men who received AIDS diagnoses in 1999 were exposed to HIV solely through heterosexual activity, a proportion that has grown substantially in recent years.

CDC, HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report, 2001, 13(2); Office of HIV/AIDS Policy, “HIV and Minority Women, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, nd; AGI, In Their Own Right: Addressing the Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs of American Men, New York: AGI, 2002.

http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_10-02.html

• Bird, Sheryl Thorburn, S. Marie Harvey, Linda J. Beckman, and Christa H. Johnson. “Getting your partner to use condoms: interviews with men and women at Risk of HIV/STDs.The Journal of Sex Research. 38.3 (August 2001): 233(8). . Gale. Ann Arbor Public Library. 20 Feb. 2008
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• Paul, Elizabeth L., Brian McManus, and Allison Hayes. ““Hookups”: Characteristics and Correlates of College Students’ Spontaneous and Anonymous Sexual Experiences.The Journal of Sex Research. 37.1 (Feb 2000): 76. . Gale. Ann Arbor Public Library. 20 Feb. 2008
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Girls night out.(Jenn’s Cocktail Co. opens Club Jenn for women)(Brief article). .” Beverage Industry. 98.8 (August 2007): 48(1). . Gale. Ann Arbor District Library. 20 Feb. 2008
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Launch Pad: PPFA looks to make condoms fashionable choice for women.PR Week (US). (Jan 28, 2008): 03. . Gale. Ann Arbor District Library. 19 Feb. 2008
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• Women who have never married obtain two-thirds of all abortions.

Distributions published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adjusted for year-to-year changes in the reporting states and applied to the total number of abortions in Jones RK et al., Abortion in the United States: Incidence and access to services, 2005, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2008, (forthcoming).

http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_induced_abortion.html

• Walker, Rob. “Narrowcasting Nightlife.The New York Times Magazine. (April 10, 2005): 26(L). . Gale. Ann Arbor District Library (AADL). 20 Feb. 2008
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• Smith, Laurie A. “Partner influence on noncondom use: gender and ethnic differences.The Journal of Sex Research. 40.4 (Nov 2003): 346(5). . Gale. Ann Arbor Public Library. 20 Feb. 2008
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Pigs With Cellphones, but No Condoms

By ANDREW ADAM NEWMAN

• Facenda, Vanessa L. “The sexual evolution at retail: retailers are presented with huge growth opportunities as consumer attitudes about sexual health and intimacy products change.Retail Merchandiser. 46.8 (August 2006): 22(2). . Gale. Ann Arbor District Library. 19 Feb. 2008
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• At all ages, women are more likely than men to contract genital herpes, chlamydia or gonorrhea.

AGI, unpublished tabulations of the 1988-1994 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys; and Division of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance, 1999, Atlanta: CDC, 2000

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• Spector, Nicole. “Younger thinking: condom suppliers say supermarkets need to update their outlook if they want to appeal to the under-30s who are the prime audience for the products.(nonfoods for profit). .” Grocery Headquarters. 73.5 (May 2007): 141(2). . Gale. Ann Arbor District Library. 19 Feb. 2008
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US population hits 300m, demographics changing.The Online Reporter. 513 (Oct 21, 2006): 12(1). . Gale. Ann Arbor District Library. 19 Feb. 2008
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• The total U.S. market for condoms, including sales through all retail channels stood at $398.3 million in 2005, up 2.8% from 2004. The U.S. condom market is a stable and mature market growing at a….

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Dating Habits That Women Dislike

By Tanaya Munshi

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Contrary to popular opinion, women tend to get easily impressed by men. But – and here’s something men know — they get put off pretty quickly too, and then it’s difficult to get them interested again. So when taking a woman out, you need to keep the female psyche in mind in order to make your evening a success. Here’s the low down on five dating habits that women dislike:

1. Being asked to pay her share
Yes, this is the era of women’s lib and equality. So why shouldn’t they be asked to pay their share? Most women do offer to pay up and when they do, let them pay for sure. But if not, don’t ask them to pay up; that’s rude and shows lack of manners. In any case, for the first few dates, it’s best to take your woman out to places you can afford so that you aren’t bothered about the moolah issue. Most smart women might let you pay but make it up to you the next time around by footing the entire bill herself. So just relax and don’t cross the boundaries.

2. Waiting for her date to arrive
Women hate waiting. They consider making their dates wait their right, but if they’re the ones who have to wait, they’d rather drop the date entirely. A guy who is late makes them feel that they are low on his priority list. It also shows his lack of sincerity toward the girl and disrespect for her time. So guys, the least you can do is be there on time and wait for the madam to arrive.

3. Listening to your life’s mundane details
A number of guys go on and on about themselves in order to impress the belle. They talk about where they were born, how many times they topped in school, how many farms their parents own, how smart they were in college and how many women followed them around. The true-blue bragger won’t stop at this. He goes on to explain how he got every job he walked in for, what colors he likes, what his philosophy in life is and on and on…. This blowing of your own trumpet would irritate any smart, self-respecting girl. So take it easy, buddy. Take a deep breath, push back your chair and create space for a conversation, not a monologue. Make this date about getting to know each other instead of a one-sided ego-flattering session.

4. The roving eye syndrome
Let’s face it, some men just can’t help it. They just have to look at every woman that passes by or is sitting around them. And let’s face this too, women just love attention. They hate men who are with them but want to look at others. The roving eye syndrome is something no woman tolerates on a date. Even if the most gorgeous head-turner passes by, a woman expects her date to keep staring into her eyes. The bottom line is simple — control the reflex movement of your neck for a few hours if you want the evening to be a success.

5. Cry babies
Women come out on a date with you to have fun. But some guys think the emotional route works faster and might decide to turn on the water works. Here’s the truth revealed — women do not like cry babies. You may have been ditched ten times and you make think that this makes for ten interesting stories, but your date may not think so. Instead, your date may think that if you were ditched so often, you must not be worth keeping. So don’t try to take short cuts. At least on the first date, remember to keep away all sob stories about your poor family, tough career, and difficult life. They have enough hardships of their own to handle so don’t over-burden them with more. Make it a truly entertaining evening and let your hair down.

Avoid these habits like the plague and you will see the magic unfold. Happy wooing!

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