Got Latex Allergy? Try Lambskin Condoms

Aug 24, 2009
If you are allergic to latex, using common latex condoms can become a problem. What birth control options do you have in case of latex allergy?

Nowadays, you can choose a number of alternatives to latex condoms, including the use natural skin condoms. Lambskin condoms are considered to be one of the first types of barrier birth control methods. Their use dates back to the Roman Empire.

Natural skin condoms are more expensive due to the fact that they are hand processed. Natural skin condoms are made from the intestinal membrane of a lamb. They differ from latex condoms, being more loose-fitting without a usual reservoir on the end meant to create some space for semen.

In comparison to latex condoms, natural skin condoms do not come in standard sizes. Their width ranges from 63 to 80 mm and length varies from 160 to 180 mm. They are not elastic due to the fact that they are made from natural skin material.

They are usually packaged with a water-based lubricant, which protects the material from drying out and increases pleasure for partners. Natural skin condoms are available in foil packets or capsules.

Advantages of Natural Skin Condoms:

Increased sensitivity during intercourse

Lambskin condoms are known to conduct heat much better than latex condoms, which increase sexual pleasure for both partners. Some people even claim that they almost do not feel the natural skin condom, in latex condoms. These condoms give more comfortable and natural feel, increasing partner's sensitivity.

Protection against pregnancy

Natural skin condoms can be used as birth control method to prevent unwanted pregnancy.  The pores of the lambskin condom are small enough to since prevent sperm from passing through.

Suitable for partners with latex allergy

These condoms are among better options for people, who have allergy to latex, commonly used material for condoms. The symptoms of latex allergy may include rash, itching on the genitals, difficulties breathing, the sensation of dryness, which usually appear 6 to 48 hours after condom use. These symptoms can become even worse with recurrent use. Natural skin condoms can be safely used for those allergic to latex.

Disadvantages of Natural Skin Condoms

Do not provide protection against STD's

Lambskin condoms are not recommended for people, who are not sure about their partner's sexual history, because they do not provide protection against sexually transmitted diseases. The pores of natural skin condoms are not small enough (being around  to 0.0015 mm) to prevent viruses such as HIV, herpes simplex virus and hepatitis B virus from passage.