There are three materials that condoms are made from: latex, polyurethane, and lambskin.
Latex condoms are the cheapest and most common. The advantage is that latex is easiest to find. These condoms are also biodegradable (when not in water). You can find many brands, sizes, fits, colors, and variety of latex condoms. (For more information on latex material, read The Guide To Latex)
Polyurethane is the newest material for condoms. It is used for both female condoms and male condoms.
The advantage of polyurethane is that it is a thinner material. It promotes sensitivity because of better heat exchange, and thinner material. It is stronger, and deteriorates less quickly. It fits looser than a latex condom; some people like the less constricting fit.
The disadvantages of polyurethane condoms are that they are more expensive and not as widely available. They are not biodegradable.
Both polyurethane and lambskin condoms can be used by people allergic to latex.
Lambskin condoms do not protect against sexually transmitted diseases and infections. They do, however, protect against pregnancy. These are made from lambs’ intestines, and as such, have small pores that viruses and infections can pass through. These pores, however, are too small for sperm to pass through.
The advantage of lambskin condoms is that they offer a more “natural” feel during sex. They are, however, more expensive and less accessible than latex condoms. If you enjoy reading this article, you’ll surely be interested in learning how to prevent HIV infection.
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