All You Need To Know About The Difference Between Latex And Non-latex Condoms

8:10 pm 8 May, 2018

Condoms have become an essential part of human’s sexual life. They are mainly used to prevent unwanted pregnancy and from Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs). There are different types of condoms available in the market today. Glow-in-the-Dark Condoms, Flavored Condoms, Studded or Textured Condoms, Warming Condoms, Pleasure Shaped Condoms, Colored Condoms, Sensis Condoms, and Kiss of Mint Condoms are some of the common types of condoms in the world. They are all different and being used by people according to their needs and conveniences.


Condoms are mainly made of latex, non-latex material such as polyurethane, lambskin, or other synthetic materials such as AT-10 resin and polyisoprene.

Besides, there are other ingredients that are found in all popular condom brands in the market. But in this article, we will talk about the difference between latex and non-latex condoms which you probably may not know. Take a read and get to know the differences.



Latex condoms

Latex condoms are a type of male condom which is flexible, thin sheaths and are made from latex, a kind of rubber. They are, by far, the most widely available and least expensive of all the condom types. In fact, 90% of condoms are made with a latex material. Latex condoms are effective in preventing both pregnancy and many STDs, including HIV. They tend to be the most common condom type because they are offered in many brands, colors, shapes, textures, flavors, and sizes. The effectiveness of latex condoms ranges between 82%-98%. Latex condoms are most effective when you are using the right size condom, the correct way, every time you have sex. They can be even more effective if used with spermicide.


The downside of latex condoms is that they have got a bad wrap. Latex condoms are also not suitable to use with oil-based lubricants like petroleum jelly, butter, or vegetable oils. Another downside of latex condoms is that people having latex allergy can’t use this product.

Non-latex condoms

A non-latex condom is also known as polyurethane condom or synthetic condom. Non-latex condoms are mostly made of polyurethane, a type of plastic, and polyisoprene. These condoms are more superior to latex condoms because they conduct more heat than latex. They are suitable for those who have latex allergies. Non-latex condoms are available in many texture and thickness like latex condoms, but they have less smell compare to latex. These condoms are versatile in nature and can be used with oil-based products as they do not slip off with oil based lubricant or lotion. Non-latex condoms are very thin when compare to other condoms. Some of the female condoms are also made of polyurethane.


The downside of non-latex condoms or synthetic polyisoprene is that they are less elastic as compared to latex or natural rubber. They are not stretchable as much as latex so chances of breaking down and slipping off are more. Non-latex condoms are more expensive.

How to use non-latex condoms

Non-Latex condoms are not only designed for the peoples who have latex allergic, they are suitable for everyone who wants to feel the love and sensation during the make-out session. Before going through intercourse, make sure to get the correct size non-latex condoms. Choose a suitably fitted one. Avoid the tightest one. Carefully open the condom packages. Make sure you don’t tear the condom. Place the non-latex condom on the top of the penis with two fingers and gently roll down the condoms on the base of the penis. The couple can also apply some amount of the lubricant on the penis so that they do not feel any difficulty while putting the condom.


However, to use non-latex condoms, the couple should take certain precautions. Before purchasing, it is important to check the expiry date. The non-latex condom is not reusable, so once you have used it, wrap it and throw it into the dustbin. If it feels any type of allergy, then immediately stop using it. It is important to place the condom in cool and dry places. Don’t flush the non-latex condom in the toilet.

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