Lambskin Condom - For Pregnancy Only

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Lambskin condoms are not actually made from lambskin. Instead, they're made from a thin membrane that is part of sheep intestine. If that doesn't turn you off of wanting to try them, it's important to be aware that although they can be used for pregnancy prevention, they are not effective at protecting sexual partners from STDs. For STD prevention, latex or polyurethane condoms are a much better choice.

Price :

High. Natural lambskin condoms are more expensive than latex condoms.

Ease of Acquisition :

Most drugstores carry lambskin condoms, and they are also available online.

Use During Vaginal Intercourse :

Lambskin condoms can be used to prevent pregnancy, but they are not effective at preventing STDs. As such I cannot recommend them.

Use During Oral Sex :

Lambskin condoms do not effectively protect against the dangers of oral sex.

Use During Anal Sex :

Lambskin condoms can not be recommended for anal sex since they are not effective against STDs.

Pros:

Despite the fact that they're not terribly useful as sexual health aids, lambskin condoms do have a couple of good qualities.

  1. They are less allergenic than latex condoms. Before there were good latex alternatives, some sex educators recommended layering a skin condom over or under a latex condom to reduce reactions in people with latex allergies. Now, however, there is both polyurethane and polyisoprene
  1. Lambskin transmits warmth better than latex. Therefore, for couples who are only concerned about pregnancy, and looking for ways to shake things up in bed, they may be a reasonable choice
  2. Lambskin can be used with oil-based lubricants that would degrade other condoms.

Cons:

Lambskin condoms are not effective against the transmission of STDs.

They're also not vegan, but somehow I doubt they're on the shopping list of anyone whom that matters to.

Did You Know :

The part of the sheep intestine that lambskin condoms are made from is known as the cecum.

The Verdict:

Now that there are several latex alternatives, including polyurethane and polyisoprene, lambskin condoms are quickly going out of style. It's probably for the best. Lambskin condoms are not considered an effective way of preventing STDs, and other types of condoms are just as effective at pregnancy prevention. Now that there are other good options for people with latex allergies, I wouldn't be surprised if they were eventually phased out for good.

Sources:

Crosby RA, Yarber WL. Perceived versus actual knowledge about correct condom use among U.S. adolescents: results from a national study. J Adolesc Health. 2001 May;28(5):415-20

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