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Quick Non­-Latex Condom Review and Frequently Asked Questions

Quick Non­-Latex Condom Review and Frequently Asked Questions

Prophylactics protect our private parts. But for some of us, rubbers irritate our loins while they are keeping us safe. That’s because most condoms available today are made of natural rubber latex and some people are allergic to this material. Thankfully, latex allergy sufferers can still practice safe sex with non-­latex condoms.

Read on for a quick non­-latex condom review that explains some of the basics about these prophylactics.

Natural skin
Natural skin condoms are the oldest type of condoms. These are made from sheep intestines, and because of the manufacturing process, natural skin condoms are more expensive than any other varieties. Natural skin condoms have several nicknames such as sheepskin condoms, lambskin condoms, and natural condoms. The only big brand currently offering natural skin condoms is Trojan— the product is called Naturalamb.

It’s important to remember that natural skin condoms only protect you from unplanned pregnancies and NOT against sexually transmitted diseases. This is because viruses such as HIV, Herpes and others can pass through the pores of the material whereas sperm cannot.

This non­-latex condom review wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t talk about some options for people who need more than just contraception. The following synthetic condoms protect against STDs too.

Polyurethane
Polyurethane condoms are made of medical ­grade polyurethane. These thin non-­latex condoms transmit body heat very well but have less elasticity than latex. Coated with a premium lubricant, it’s recommended that you do not add additional lube because it could harm the condom’s material and decrease its effectiveness. (example: Trojan Supra)

Polyisoprene
Polyisoprene condoms are made from a scientifically formulated material that is thin yet strong. In many respects, these are as good, or even better, than their latex counterparts! Seriously, you probably won’t detect a difference, with the exception of not having to worry about allergy symptoms. (example: LifeStyles Skyn Intense Feel)

Quick Questions and Answers:

What are latex allergy symptoms?
Allergic reactions can vary from person to person but the most common symptoms include redness, itchy rash and skin irritation in contact areas.

What are non­-latex condoms?
Non­-latex condoms are condoms that are not made of latex, but rather a natural or synthetic material, and therefore have no latex allergens.

What are some non­-latex condoms?
Several major condom manufacturers make non­-latex condoms, including: Trojan, Lifestyles, Naturalamb and Durex. For options, visit our non-latex condom category.

Do non-­latex condoms have long expiration dates?
The expiration date for non­-latex condoms is about the same as it is for latex condoms, which is anywhere from 3 to 5 years. Always check the wrapper to make sure they haven’t expired.

What are non­-latex condoms made of?
Non­-latex condoms are made of several materials. Today's market offers options made of animal skin, polyurethane and the latest material, polyisoprene.

Are non-­latex condoms effective?
Except for the previously mentioned Naturalamb condoms that are only for contraception, both polyisoprene and polyurethane condoms are as effective for reducing the risk of STD's as well as pregnancy as regular latex condoms.

Why Use Non­-Latex Condoms?
Non­-latex condoms are a great solution for people who are sensitive or allergic to latex.

We hope this non-latex condom review helps you to find a “rubber” you like so you can practice safe sex without your allergy symptoms annoying you during and after the act.