What Are Lambskin Condoms?

Lambskin Condoms
Lambskin Condoms. Photo © 2015 Dawn Stacey

Definition of Lambskin Condoms:

Lambskin condoms (also known as natural condoms) are a type of male condom. They are made from the intestinal membrane of a lamb. Lambskin condoms are the oldest type of all condoms. These condoms have been in use for hundreds of years. There are actually records of men using lambskin condoms during the early part of the Roman Empire.

Pronunciation: lamb•skin [lam-skin] con•dom [kon-duhm]

Are Lambskin Condoms Effective?

The answer to this question is yes and no.

  • Yes -- Natural lambskin condoms are effective as contraception. This means that they are FDA-approved to be effective at preventing pregnancy. They are just as effective as other types of condoms – so with perfect use, lambskin condoms are 98% effective, and they are 82% effective with typical use… meaning, for every 100 women whose partners use lambskin condoms for one year, 2 will become pregnant (with perfect use) and 18 with typical use.
  • No -- Unlike other condoms, natural lambskin condoms are NOT effective in preventing sexually transmitted infections. This is because lambskin condoms have very small pores (or holes). The viruses that can cause sexually transmitted infections can enter through these pores.

But don’t freak out! Even though lambskin condoms do contain these tiny pores, they are too small for sperm to pass through. So these condoms – like all condoms - don’t allow sperm to get out.

Why Should I Use Lambskin Condoms?

  • Lambskin condoms are supposed to have a more natural feel (even more so than polyurethane and polyisoprene condoms). This leads to a different type of sensitivity -- described by some as a very intimate sensation.
  • Many men say they cannot even feel them on, so lambskin condoms are the closest thing to not wearing any condom at all.
  • Lambskin condoms are biodegradable.
  • Compared to other condoms types, Naturalamb condoms are reported to have the best feel and allow for the most pleasure.
  • Lambskin condoms transmit body heat better than latex condoms.
  • Trojan Naturalamb condoms are the largest condoms available. They are made with the “Kling-Tite” draw string at the base of the condom for added safety.
  • These condoms are a good option if you or your partner is allergic to latex.
  • Unlike other condoms that can only be used with water-based or silicone-based lubricants, lambskin condoms can also be used with oil-based lubricants (like Vaseline and baby oil).

What Are the Disadvantages of Lambskin Condoms?

  • Lambskin condoms tend to be the most expensive condom to buy. This is probably because they are made from an animal product, and as of 2015, the only available brand is Trojan Naturalamb.
  • Lambskin condoms do not protect against sexually transmitted infections, HIV, and herpes.

Also Known As: Natural Condoms, Naturalamb, Trojan Naturalamb, Lamb Condoms, Rubbers, Sheepskin Condoms, 'Skins,' Prophylactics, Safes, Protection and Jimmies.

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