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Sep

Condom Conundrum

Question:
Are there any other condoms that you can use besides latex? I heard of the lamb one but that grosses me out. 

Answer:
There are a few types of materials that condoms are made out of and yes lambskin is one of them. 

Lambskin
Lambskin condoms are made from the intestinal membrane of a lamb (This is one of the oldest ways to make condoms). Lambskin are effective in protecting against pregnancy however they ARE NOT effective for STI protection. Lambskin condoms have small pores that the viruses can pass through; however sperm cannot pass through. They claim have a “more natural” feel than latex and polyurethane no research on polyisoprene is out yet. They are also considered “eco-friendly” because unlike the other types of condoms they are biodegradable. They are more expensive than latex condoms. Trojan NaturaLamb Condoms and Kling-Tite Naturalamb Condoms are two brands that are available. 

Polyurethane
Polyurethane condoms are thinner and stronger than latex. They also transfer heat better than latex for a more natural feeling. Polyurethane are available in men’s and women’s condoms. They are more expensive than latex condoms but offer comparable pregnancy and STI protection. Durex-Avanti Polyurethane and Trojan-Supra Non-Latex are two brands that are available. 

Polyisoprene
Polyisoprene is the newest condom on the market and is good for people who have latex or polyurethane allergies. They have a feeling similar to latex. They are more expensive than latex condoms but offer comparable pregnancy and STI protection. LifeStyles-SKYN and Durex-Avanti Bare are two brands that are available. 

So which is best for you? 
Depends on what your need is. Are you looking for just pregnancy protection… any of the above would work. Remember lambskin does not protect against STI’s. Try a few of them out give them a whirl and see which ones are best for you and your partner(s). 


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