Types Of Hypoallergenic Condoms

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If you experience irritation, rash, or swelling after using a latex condom, you may be experiencing a latex allergy. Don’t worry you are not alone, about 1% of the general population has some kind of sensitivity to latex.[1] Lucky for you there are alternatives to natural rubber latex condoms so you can still enjoy sex while staying safe in the process.

There are 3 popular kinds of non-latex condoms. These are Lamb-skin, Polyurethane, and the fairly new Polyisoprene.

Lambskin Condoms

Lamb Skin condoms are very thin and fairly durable resulting in some of the best feeling you can get while using a condom. Unfortunately the pores in the intestinal lining used to create the lambskin condoms, while small enough to prevent pregnancy, keep them from effectively preventing STD transmission which can be a deal breaker in many cases.


Polyurethane Condoms

Seemingly one of the more popular types of hypoallergenic condoms are polyurethane condoms. Polyurethane condoms can also come in thinner sizes than normal latex condoms , and have the added advantage of being usable with water or oil based lubricants [2] (whereas latex may only use water based lubes). Polyurethane condoms also have around the same 97-98% protection rate against STDs as normal latex condoms when used properly [need reference]. The one drawback with these is that they don’t have as much elasticity as latex, thus increasing the changes of it slipping off or breaking during intercourse [3]. General consensus is, because of the elasticity issue, to only use these condoms if you are allergic to natural rubber latex condoms or need a condom with which you may use an oil based lubricant.


Polyisoprene Condoms

The new(est) kid on the block. In November 2008, the FDA approved the first polyisoprene condom for prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases [4]. though sometimes listed as non-latex, polyisoprene is actually a type of latex but without the natural proteins that cause most latex allergies. Note that this means that folks with a particular type of latex allergy (delayed hypersensitivity) could still have a reaction when using this type of condom (see comments section here about type I vs type IV hypersensitivity).

As of the time of this writing there are 2 brands of polyisoprene condoms available. The first is the Lifestyles Skyn condom introduced in 2008, and in 2009, durex stopped creating their popular Avanti condoms with polyurethane and starting using polyisoprene.[3] Polyisoprene has more elasticity than natural rubber latex resulting in a more snug comfortable fit (this also helps prevent slippage and tearing in the condom). This type of hypoallergenic condom has become increasingly popular over the years and they are also cheaper than polyurethane condoms. Polyisoprene condoms should only be used with water-based lubricants



Of the 3 types of hypoallergenic condoms above the one that seems to appeal to us the most are the new polyisoprene condoms as hey tend to provide a comfortable mix of protection and sensation. That being said, this is a different strokes for different folks (pun intended) topic. Be sure to make the right choice for your particular situation. If you’re with a trusted partner and want to go purely for pregnancy prevention then lamb skin is probably the way to go for you (maximum sensitivity). On the other hand if you’re just out having a night of fun then you definitely want to choose either of the other 2 choices. Have fun and be safe :D .


Additional Notes

Before choosing a hypoallergenic condom it is a good idea to be sure that its is actually the latex you are experiencing a reaction to and not the spermicide or lubricant. Probably one of the best ways to get a definitive answer is to consult your doctor ;) .

Condom Island’s Suggestion:
Lifestyles Skyn Non-Latex Polyisoprene Condoms
Suggestion Based On:

  • Polyisoprene.
  • Raving Reviews 4.3 out of 5 stars on Amazon at the time of this writing.

[ All of the hypoallergenic condom types in this article are available for purchase here. ]


  1. « http://www.livestrong.com/article/540784-latex-allergy-checklist/
  2. « http://predilectionaz.com/?q=node/1619
  3. « http://www.condomjungle.com/non-latex-condoms-reviews-a/271.html
  4. « http://std.about.com/od/condoms101/p/polyiso.htm


Thanks for reading!

  • Guest

    Ive used the durex avantis and lifestyles skyn and tthe skyns are much better.   avantis were way to tight.  it was a while back so i dont know if they already switched to poly-whatever

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