What are polyisoprene condoms?

Polyisoprene condoms are condoms made of a synthetic type of latex. These condoms provide a sensation profile that is very similar to latex, but they don’t contain the proteins naturally found in latex. Thus, these condoms are safe to use by people with latex allergies.

Pros of polyisoprene condoms

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Types of polyisoprene condoms

Polyisoprene condoms come in a variety of options, and finding the right one for you is often overwhelming. Here are the most popular types of polyisoprene condoms you can buy right here at Condoms.uk.

Standard polyisoprene condoms

These are plain condoms made of polyisoprene. In this category you can find regular size condoms with a nominal width between 53mm and 56mm.

Extra lubricated

Extra lubricated condoms are suitable for combating the symptoms of vaginal dryness or for anal sex. Condoms in this category usually have at least 40% more lubricant than standard condoms – you can always add more lube if you want.

Large condoms

If a regular size condom feels too tight, you might need a large size condom. Large polyisoprene condoms have a nominal width between 56mm and 60mm, and you can find various thicknesses in this category.

Dotted condoms

Most polyisoprene condoms have a smooth texture. However, if your partner enjoys the feel of textured condoms, you can still find a suitable option.

Thick condoms

Durex Real Feel are considered thick by the polyisoprene condom standards, but most options from SKYN also have the same thickness.

If you’re concerned about the condom breaking, keep in mind that picking the right size is key to successful condom use. A too small condom is more likely to break than a thin one. As long as you’re using the right size condoms – and add sufficient lubricant in case of scarce natural lubrication – you can enjoy the great feel thinner condoms bring in all peace of mind.

Ultra thin condoms

Wouldn’t you love to feel more intimacy when using condoms? You can achieve it with ultra-thin condoms. In the polyisoprene category you have the following options:

Are polyisoprene and polyurethane condoms the same?

No, polyisoprene and polyurethane are two different materials. However, both options are suitable to use by people with latex allergies.

Polyisoprene is a synthetic type of rubber. We’re not going to get into the nitty-gritty of chemistry, but polyisoprene is essentially latex without the allergy-causing proteins. This material is more elastic than latex and has excellent resilience.

One of its major advantages is that it feels almost like latex on the skin – polyisoprene is incredibly smooth and soft, making it an excellent choice for people with sensitive skin.

Polyurethane is a type of plastic. This material is used for making male and female condoms which are often way thinner than latex or polyisoprene condoms.

Polyurethane condoms transmit heat better than latex, but they offer a very different feel. Their texture is similar to the texture of cling film, and they often feel like you’ve wrapped your penis in cling-film. Polyurethane is less elastic than latex and polyisoprene, and these condoms are more likely to break.

On the positive side, you can use polyurethane condoms with all types of lubricants, including massage oils and body lotions.

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

You can use any type of condoms you want if you have no allergies. The only thing you should avoid wearing is a latex condom if you or your partner are allergic to latex.

Latex allergy is a very rare condition that affects less than 1 in 1,000 people in the UK. You can develop a latex allergy at any age, and certain groups have a higher risk of developing it. These groups include people who are exposed to latex frequently, such as healthcare workers or people working in facilities that manufacture latex products (latex gloves, condoms, latex accessories, etc.).

Some people figure out they have a latex allergy at their workplace. Others, however, may only notice the allergy when using latex condoms.

Latex allergy symptoms are generally mild and include rashes on the portion of skin that came in contact with the condom, itchiness, redness, and sometimes inflammation.

Women are more likely to develop moderate symptoms after intercourse, because the vaginal lining absorbs latex proteins faster than the skin on the penis. Moderate symptoms include generic allergy symptoms, such as sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, skin redness and itchiness.

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 dotted condoms may cause irritation. Try adding more lubricant and switch to a smooth texture condom to rule out these causes. If the irritation persists, switch latex condoms with your favourite polyisoprene condoms.

What other non-latex condoms can I use?

If you’re allergic to latex and only want an alternative – even if the condoms are not made specifically of polyisoprene – you can also get polyurethane or lambskin condoms.

As explained, polyurethane condoms are often thinner than polyisoprene, but the feel they deliver is not as natural. That said, some people like polyurethane condoms precisely for this reason. More often than not, men trying to delay ejaculation prefer using polyurethane condoms.

Lambskin condoms are made of sheep intestines and deliver the most natural feel. However, these condoms are only suitable to use if your main concern is preventing a pregnancy. Due to the porous nature of the material, lambskin condoms do not provide protection against sexually transmitted infections.

Where can I buy polyisoprene condoms?

You can buy polyisoprene condoms right here at Condoms.uk. Buying condoms online from us comes with a plethora of advantages, including: