Choosing the right condom is tricky at the best of times; there are so many different types and makes of condoms to choose from. But did you know that non-spermicidal condoms are an excellent option for those who have sensitivities? Not only do non-spermicidal condoms protect against STD/Is and unwanted pregnancies, but they also offer additional comfort due to the lack of spermicide.

In this blog, we'll explore non-spermicidal condoms in more detail and provide you with a list of condoms without spermicide. Let's start with explaining spermicide, particularly Nonoxynol 9, as it's the most widely used spermicidal ingredient.

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What is Nonoxynol 9?

Nonoxynol 9 is a type of spermicide found on some condoms people have used since the 1950s. It forms a wall around the sperm, preventing them from entering the body. Although nonoxynol 9 can effectively prevent STD/Is and unwanted pregnancies, it is not without its disadvantages. Nonoxynol 9 has been reported to cause some people irritation or even burning sensations.

Most people find spermicides completely safe. However, Nonoxynol-9, the substance found in most spermicides, carries some dangers. It can irritate your vagina and raise your chance of contracting HIV, and other STD/Is if you use it frequently throughout the day. Your risk of STIs will increase because infections can quickly enter your body when your vagina or anus is irritated.

Why Use Condoms Without Spermicide?

The use of non-spermicidal condoms is becoming increasingly popular due to their potential benefits. Many condoms come without nonoxynol 9 spermicide, making them a safe and comfortable option for those sensitive to spermicides or lubricants.

Not only are non-spermicidal condoms more comfortable to use than spermicidal ones, but they also protect against STD/Is and unwanted pregnancies. If you're looking for extra protection, non-spermicidal condoms are a great choice.

A List of Condoms Without Spermicide

Now that you know more about non-spermicidal condoms, here's a list of the different types available, along with our recommendations for condoms without lubricant and spermicide:

  • Durex Real Feel Condoms

Durex Real Feel has no spermicide, but they are slightly lubricated. If you're looking for a completely dry condom, consider the following...

  • ON Clinic Condoms (100 Pack)

The absence of lubricant inside the condom also prevents it from slipping off your toy while you use it. ON Clinic Condoms are constructed of natural rubber latex, the same as all other ON condoms. They have no flavour, but the latex has no taste or smell.

Natural Condoms Without Spermicide

  • Hanx Condoms

Hanx condoms come without lubricant and spermicide. Hanx Condoms assure eco-aware customers that engaging in safe sex doesn't have to mean harming the environment because they are made from 100% biodegradable Fair Trade latex. Animal lovers especially appreciate the brand's vegan credentials and cruelty-free position, and you can be confident that all ingredients were obtained ethically.


  • Fair Squared Sensitive Dry Condoms

The naturally occurring latex used to make Fair Squared Sensitive Dry Condoms is obtained from sustainably grown rubber trees in Kerala, India. They are also Fair Trade and Vegan certified products.

These Fair Squared translucent sensitive; dry condoms are cylindrical, feature a reservoir at the tip, a nominal diameter of 53mm, and a thickness of 0.06mm. They feel like skin because of this, allowing for maximum sensitivity while keeping them safe and secure.

All Fair Squared condoms are produced in a CO2-neutral facility to the most outstanding standards, allowing you to indulge guilt-free.

Non-Latex Condoms Without Lubricant and Spermicide

  • Skyn Elite Non-Latex Condoms

Skyn Elite Non-Latex condoms are gently lubricated and have a smooth texture. If more lubrication is required, it can be added. They are appropriate for anal, vaginal, and oral sex.

The polyisoprene Skyn Elite condoms have undergone clinical testing. They offer a sensation of extreme softness and exquisite delicacy. People who are allergic or sensitive to latex can use the product without problems. Discover the Entire Skyn collection here.

If you're looking for completely dry non-latex condoms, look no further than Sagami Original 0.02 Condoms.

  • Sagami Original 0.02 Condoms

The Sagami Original 0.02 Condom was created to feel like real skin. Polyurethane naturally heats when it comes into contact with the skin, providing a more natural and comfortable sensation than typical rubbers, which might feel chilly to the touch.

Original Sagami 0.02 Since condoms contain no latex at all, they are perfect for anyone who is allergic to latex. Original Sagami 0.02 offers the benefit of no lube and no rubber smell. It's a win, win.

Condoms Without Nonoxynol 9 Spermicide

Our favourite condoms that don't contain nonoxynol 9 spermicide are as follows:

If you want to know the correct type of condoms for feels or anal sex, read this blog to learn more.

What are the Benefits of Condoms With Spermicide?

We have been talking extensively about condoms without spermicide, but what are the benefits of spermicidal condoms?

Spermicide is a non-hormonal contraceptive that works by killing sperm. It is coated on the outside of condoms and can provide additional protection against pregnancy, making nonoxynol-9 condoms an effective form of contraception.

Using spermicide is generally because your focus is on not getting pregnant as opposed to preventing STD/Is and HIV. However, nonoxynol 9 condoms may also provide some protection against non-genital infections such as herpes and syphilis, so the protection is not entirely non-existent.

Why is it Best to Use Condoms Without Spermicide?

The main thing about spermicide is it shortens the shelf life of your condoms. Nonoxynol-9, an active ingredient in spermicides, can cause skin irritation or even allergic reaction and break down the fabric of the condom over time. That's why non-spermicidal condoms are often recommended.

Used properly, condoms are an effective method of contraception; it's just a question of weighing up the pros and cons of nonoxynol-9 condoms versus non-spermicidal condoms. Even without spermicide, non-spermicidal condoms offer the same high protection against pregnancy and STD/Is.

Who Makes Non-Spemicidal Condoms?

Most brands make condoms without spermicide, but we love the entire Pasante collection and the bestsellers from Durex, Adore, Skyn, Skins, Mates, Glyde and Fair Squared, to name just a few.

No matter which condoms you choose, just know that you’re taking your health and that of your partner/s seriously, and that’s fabulous.

Feb 10, 2023
Written by:
Victoria Walsh