What are latex allergy condoms?

Latex allergy condoms are condoms made from synthetic latex or non-latex materials. Synthetic latex is an umbrella term that refers to latex-like materials, including polyisoprene and polyurethane. Polyisoprene and polyurethane are two forms of synthetic rubber, but the condoms made of these materials have the same properties as latex condoms.

In fact, polyisoprene and polyurethane condoms are more elastic than natural rubber latex and feel very smooth on the skin.

Due to their higher elasticity, both polyisoprene and polyurethane condoms are often thinner than latex condoms. For this reason, many people use them despite having no allergy. The only downside of these condoms is their higher price.

Other condoms in the non-latex category are lambskin condoms. Like you could imagine, they’re made of lamb or sheepskin. These condoms are an excellent choice for those who want to use condoms made of natural materials, but they are obviously unsuitable for vegans.

What are non-latex condoms made of?

Non-latex condoms can be made of polyisoprene, polyurethane, or lambskin.

What is the difference between polyisoprene and polyurethane condoms?

The main difference between polyisoprene and polyurethane condoms is that the former is a synthetic type of latex, whilst the latter is a thin type of plastic.

Generally, polyisoprene condoms feel more like latex condoms. They are very stretchy and elastic. Their texture is smooth and soft. Polyisoprene condoms often feel more comfortable than latex condoms because they are thinner. The only downside is their higher cost – making polyisoprene condoms is more complex, thus the higher price.

Polyurethane condoms don’t cause any allergies, but they aren’t as flexible as polyisoprene condoms. Polyurethane is also less elastic than polyisoprene, and the condoms may feel like cling film wrapped around your penis.

That said, polyurethane condoms are as safe as latex and polyisoprene condoms if sized and used correctly. Remember that they slide off easier, so you should pay attention at all times to stay on the safe side.

Are lambskin condoms any good?

It depends on what you’re looking for. If you’re not concerned about sexually transmitted infections – you’re in a monogamist relationship and are sure your partner only has sex with you – lambskin condoms provide excellent protection against pregnancy.

Because lambskin condoms are made from actual sheep intestines, these condoms don’t have a standard thickness. However, they usually feel like a very thin glove and deliver natural sensations.

However, if you’re concerned about STDs, you shouldn’t use lambskin condoms. Whilst this material can prevent semen from reaching the womb, the tissue is porous and typically can’t stop bacteria and viruses from passing through. In this case, you should use a polyisoprene or polyurethane condom.

Do lambskin condoms smell?

Lambskin condoms have a characteristic smell, just like latex condoms do. Some people aren’t bothered about their smell at all, whilst others find it repulsive. But then, many people also find the smell of latex repulsive.

If we were to make a list of lambskin condoms disadvantages, the smell would make it somewhere near the bottom. The main disadvantage of this type of condom is that they don’t offer protection against STDs. Another major drawback is their price – lambskin condoms tend to be the most expensive condoms to buy.

The sheep intestine isn’t as stretchy as latex or polyisoprene either. These condoms can break easily if you don’t size them right, leaving you exposed to the risk of accidental pregnancy.

Last but not least, lambskin condoms look less aesthetic than other condoms because you’ll be able to see the sheep’s intestine details quite clearly. That said, these condoms biodegrade faster than all other types of condoms and offer the most intimate sensations, close to not wearing a condom.

How do I know that I’m allergic to latex?

There are many reasons to use non-latex condoms, but if you’re specifically looking for a hypoallergenic condom, you should first ensure that you’re allergic to latex.

Latex allergy is a very rare condition that affects less than 1 in 1,000 people in the UK. Its incidence is higher in certain people that are exposed to latex frequently. For instance, people wearing latex gloves (such as healthcare workers) or latex equipment as part of their job are more likely to develop an allergy.

Those prone to develop an allergy will likely become sensitive to latex before their symptoms get worse. Latex sensitivity has very mild symptoms, typically rashes at the contact point. If you are sensitive to latex, you may observe redness in your genital area, where the condom has touched your skin.

Latex allergy also manifests with skin redness, itchiness, rashes, and sometimes inflammation. Moderate symptoms become more systemic and are similar to all allergy symptoms. You may have a runny nose, watery eyes, cough, and sneeze.

Severe symptoms include breathing difficulty, wheezing (a high-pitched sound when you’re breathing), scratchy throat, hives spread throughout your body, dizziness, confusion, nausea, vomiting, a drop in blood pressure, confusion, rapid or weak pulse, and loss of consciousness.

In rare cases, latex allergy can lead to anaphylactic shock, which is a life-threatening condition.

If you notice skin redness and itchiness after using a condom, make sure you’re using the condom is not irritating you. The lack of lubrication or the use of ribbed and dotted condoms may cause irritation. Try adding more lubricant and switch to smooth texture condoms to rule out these causes. If the irritation persists, switch latex condoms with your favourite latex allergy condoms.

What brands make non-latex condoms?

For decades, condom manufacturers have only focused on natural rubber latex condoms. In recent years, however, most brands started to manufacture latex allergy condoms, too. Here are a few of the most popular non-latex condom brands.

Durex

Durex is a staple in the latex condom world, but the brand has recently introduced Durex Real Feel, a non-latex condom made of polyisoprene. Apart from the difference in materials, Durex Real Feel maintains the characteristics that have made the brand popular in the first place.

These condoms have a nominal width of 56mm – Durex’s standard size, but that suits men who need a slightly larger condom. The anatomical shape and easy-on design make these condoms very comfortable to wear.

SKYN

SKYN is perhaps the most popular brand of non-latex condoms. All options from the brand are made of polyisoprene. The main advantage of SKYN condoms is that you can choose from a wide range of options and several sizes.

Pasante

Pasante is another brand known for its premium latex condoms, but people with latex allergies can also enjoy their products. Pasante makes two types of polyisoprene condoms.

Can I use latex allergy condoms even if I’m not allergic?

Of course, you can. In fact, latex allergy condoms have a number of advantages compared to the latex variety.

Why should I buy latex allergy condoms from you?

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