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Condoms: Latex Vs Non-Latex

Sunday, 2 December 2012 12:34:58 PM Australia/Sydney

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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Condom History

Wednesday, 21 November 2012 8:18:14 AM Australia/Sydney

This morning I came (no pun intended) across a great "Talk Nerdy To Me" condom history video via HuffPost. Condoms have been around for almost 400 years and have come in many different forms. From animal intestine to re-usable rubber and now modern day latex, condoms have always been a popular method of birth control and a protective measure against the infection of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cara Santa Maria from huffingtonpost.com gives a great look into condoms and how it has reshaped the history of sex across the world.

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Sir Richard's Condom Company presents Vagina Rules

Saturday, 19 May 2012 1:20:59 PM Australia/Sydney

In a recent video from Sir Richard's Condoms they call upon women to share their "vagina rules" or rules for what they won't put in their vagina. When we get to the root of this video (mind the pun), Sir Richard's are raising awareness for the lesser-known chemicals that are often found in condoms and lubricant. Sir Richard's condoms are of the highest quality and made with 100% natural latex, without casein (making them vegan-friendly), and with lubricant free of spermicide, glycerin and parabens. 

It's Sir Richard's mission to supply the world finest condoms and address the global condom shortage by donating 1 condom to a developing country for every condom purchased. They have also recently announced a donation of 500,000 condoms to Haiti.

We love this video and everything that Sir Richard's stand for. What are your thoughts on this recent campaign? Does it offend and imply that women choose lovers based on their job or is it simply raising awareness?

 

PD

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