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Non Latex Condoms

What are they?

Although the majority of condoms available in today’s market are made of latex, individuals who are allergic to latex can still enjoy safe sex with condoms. The following non latex condom reviews will explain some of the basic facts about non latex condoms. Simply said, non-latex condoms are not made of latex and therefore have no latex allergens that can create allergic reactions in some people. Allergic reactions can vary from person to person but the most usual symptoms include redness, itchy rash and skin irritation in contact areas.
Several materials are used for the manufacture of non latex condoms. The oldest material used for condoms is animal intestines, and of course, this would make these suitable for anyone allergic to latex because they are made from a natural material source. In the 1990s a material called polyurethane was first used for condoms, and in 2008, the first polyisoprene condoms were introduced in the U.S.

Natural Skin Condoms

Natural skin condoms are the oldest form of condoms. They are usually made from animal intestines and feel good to the touch. Natural skin condoms don’t provide protection against sexually transmitted diseases but they are effective for preventing pregnancy. Because of the manufacturing process, natural skin condoms are more expensive than any other condom but they are still very popular. Natural skin condoms have several nicknames such as sheepskin condoms, lambskin condoms, and natural condoms. Trojan is the only condom brand currently offering a natural skin condom. Trojan’s Naturalamb condoms are slightly bigger than standard condoms and are not as stretchy as latex condoms.

Synthetic Condoms

Polyurethane condoms came on the scene in the early 1990s to satisfy the rising demand for non latex condoms. Medical grade polyurethane is an ultra-thin and strong material compatible with both water-based and oil lubricants. Durex was the first brand that offered condoms made with polyurethane, and Durex Avanti condoms have become very popular. Trojan brand introduced Trojan Supra condoms as competition for Avanti condoms. Polyurethane condoms transmit body heat very well but having less elasticity is a slight disadvantage because they pose a higher chance of condom slippage and breakage. The effectiveness for preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases has not yet been published for polyurethane condoms; studies are currently being conducted.  Female condoms are also made of polyurethane material to provide another safe option.
Polyisoprene condoms are rather new to the market but are very popular because, in many respects, they are as good, or even better, than latex condoms. In 2008, Lifestyles introduced the polyisoprene material to the condom industry, and named their product Skyn. Lifestyles Skyn condoms are strong, stretchy and an effective method for preventing pregnancy as well as reducing the risk of sexually transmitted diseases. In early 2009 Durex became the second company to offer a polyisoprene condom, selling them under the full name Durex Avanti Bare. Polyisoprene condoms can not be used with oil-based lubricants.

Common Questions

  • What are non-latex condoms?
    Non-latex condoms are condoms that are not made of latex and therefore have no latex allergens.
  •  What are some non latex condoms?
    Trojan Supra, Lifestyles Skyn, Naturalamb, Durex Avanti, FC Female Condoms.
  • Do non latex condoms have long expiration dates?
    The expiration date for non-latex condoms is shorter than latex condoms but is still up to 3 years.
  •  What are non latex condoms made of?
    Non-latex condoms are made of several materials. Today’s market offers non latex condoms made of animal intestines, polyurethane and latest polyisoprene.
  •  Are non latex condoms effective?
    Polyisoprene is the most effective non latex condom material for reducing the risk of STD’s as well as pregnancy. Polyisoprene condoms are the only FDA approved non latex condoms.
  •  What are latex allergy symptoms?
    Latex allergy symptoms may include redness, itchy rash and skin irritation in contact areas.

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