Condoms have definitely advanced over the past 400 years. As shown in one of our previous posts, Condom History, condoms have come long way from lamb or sheep intestines & linen to what we currently use today, latex.

 

Popular condoms today are waterproof, elastic and come in either latex or 2 types of non-latex, Polyisoprene and Polyurethane. All of these are made to protect from pregnancy and sexual transmitted diseases however effectiveness studies are constantly being conducted to determine the number one option. Most people choose non-latex condoms due to latex allergies however some believe they perform better than the latex alternative.

 

Polyurethane non-latex condoms have several advantages over latex varients. They allow for better heat transfer during intercourse, they are thinner, they have little smell an they are safe to use with oil based products. One downside however is that they don't stretch like latex or polyisoprene condoms so breakages can occur.



Polyisoprene non-latex condoms are made from a synthetic version of a material derived from the sap of the hevea tree. Although not as thin as polyurethane condoms, they are strechy like latex condoms and have lesser breakage rates. 

 

One last latex alternative are lambskin or natural skin condoms. These have a unique feel because they are made from flesh and not from a synthetic material. Unfortunately because of this they do not protect against STD's as pores in the skin allow for small particles to pass through. They will however still provide protection against pregnancy.

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