Latex condoms are very popular in many parts of the globe cluing the US. These products are effective in reducing the risk of spreading STDs and preventing pregnancy. For instance, using a condom during sex reduces the risk of HIV transmission by 10,000 times.
Many organizations advocate the use of condoms as one of the planned effective measures of family planning. Manufacturers started making non latex condoms in the early 1990s. These products are designed for those people who have latex allergies. There are five different types of latex condom for both male and female.
Latex Vs. Polyurethane Non-Latex Condoms
Polyurethane has numerous advantages when compared to latex used in making condoms. For instance, it is known for conducting heat better as compared to latex. Polyurethane products are thinner than latex ones. Additionally, they have no or little smell. In addition to this, polyurethane condoms are not affected by oil-based products. Its main downside is poor stretching, thereby increasing its rates if breakage and slippage. The effectiveness of these products in preventing or lowering the rates of HIV transmission HIV and other STDs is yet to be concluded.
The main brands of polyurethane condoms are Trojan Supra and Durex Avanti male condoms. The only brand of female polyurethane condom is the Reality female condom. Female products are effective in preventing vaginal infections such as trichomoniasis. They are apps prove to form an effective barrier to organisms that cause STDs. However, most of the female condoms are new, and they don’t have long-term data to prove their effectiveness. This is the main reason why you find some warming in the labels of these condoms.
Natural Skin Condoms
These products are also referred to as lambskin condoms. The animal membrane was one of the oldest materials used in making condoms. People like these condoms because of the natural feel. However, these products are risky since not effective in preventing the transmission of STIs. Most people use them to prevent unwanted pregnancy, but they are extremely expensive. The average price of one natural condom is 3.50 USD. They come with a unique barnyard smell.
To sum up, latex products are more effective than non-latex products, but they are a practical substitute for people with latex allergies. Non-latex condoms expire just like the other types of condoms. It is, therefore imperative to check their expiration dates before getting down to business.