What is the difference between Polyisoprene vs. latex condoms?
There are a lot of similarities between Polyisoprene condoms and their latex counterparts, but there are also some differences so let’s quickly examine both. If you take these two condoms out of their wrappers and put them next to each other, there is hardly any visual difference. They are both stretchy and semi-sheer. There isn’t much difference in smell either as they are both nearly odorless.
The difference comes with the material used to make these two types of condoms. Latex condoms are made from natural rubber latex while Polyisoprene condoms are not made of latex, but rather, a synthetic material. Introduced in 2008, the manufacturing process for Polyisoprene condoms is relatively new. These non-latex prophylactics are a great choice for anyone who has latex allergies. Another difference that some may notice is that Polyisoprene condoms are a bit more expensive than latex varieties. Even if you don’t suffer from this type of allergy, you might want to try these because some people think that they feel even better.
The best news is that both latex and Polyisoprene condoms offer you some of the best protection you can get when you want to practice safer sex. Whichever type you choose, if you use them correctly and every time you engage in sexual activity, you can expect a 98% effectiveness rate.
We always recommend trying a few types of condoms so you find the one(s) that are the best for you.