Types of Condoms
What is a condom?
A condom is a device used during intercourse that acts as a barrier between two partners to prevent pregnancy and the transmission of sexual diseases. Condoms are typically made out of latex, but are also made of polyurethane, polyisoprene or lamb intestine.
Lamb (intestines): Effective in blocking sperm but not as effective against transmitting disease due to natural pores in intestines
Natural Latex: Effective in blocking sperm and disease and praised for its elasticity (stretches up to 800%) but are not compatible with oil-based lubricants as they cause condom to break or slip off.
This condom may be an issue for those with latex allergies.
Synthetic: (polyurethane or polyisoprene): Effective in blocking sperm and disease.
Polyurethane condoms are the same thickness of latex but not as elastic. They have a longer shelve life than latex, can be used with oil-based lubricants and do not have a smell.
Polyisoprene: condoms have 90% of the proteins are removed to reduce the latex allergic reaction.
They do a good job of transmitting body heat but are not compatible with oil-based lubricants.
Spermicidal: These condoms are lubricated with nonoxynol-9, a chemical that kills sperm. Studies have shown that while effective as a lubricant, nonoxynol-9 does little to kill sperm via condom and actually cause UTI’s in women. It was once thought that nonoxynol-9 was good at preventing the spread of HIV, but actually newer studies show that it actually helps spread the virus because nonoxynol-9 can irritate the skin providing a fresh portal for HIV and other STI’s to enter the body. (These condoms are not offered in our store)
Textured: These condoms are often referred to studded or ribbed and used to provide extra stimulation to both partners.
Female: These condoms have a larger, stiff opening meant to stop the condom from going all the way into the vagina. Female condoms are made of synthetic nitrile, however, some companies have begun manufacturing female condoms out of natural latex.
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