If you’re sexually active and allergic to latex, lambskin condoms may be the way to go. All condoms, however, are not created equal to it’s important to get the facts before making the switch.
Lambskin condoms are made from a thin membrane of sheep intestine. These natural condoms are often called sheepskin condoms or ’skins,’ and are known to have a special sensitivity all their own.
There are, however, some risks to consider. It’s important to know that while lambskin condoms do protect against pregnancy, they do not prevent the transmission of HIV or any other sexually transmitted diseases.
While it’s true that lambskin condoms are known as one of the oldest types of condoms, dating back to the Roman Empire, there are few available on the market today. In the United States you’re likely to only find Kling-Tite Naturalamb, brought to you by the same manufacturer who brings us Trojan latex condoms.
Lambskin condoms tend to be very thin and transmit body heat better than latex does. This is why many feel that these condoms generate the best sensation and pleasure compared to other condoms. Another plus is that the natural condoms can be used with oil-based lubricants and they’re biodegradable.
The reason that lambskin condoms are not as effective as the traditional latex condoms against STDs and HIV is because the membrane has tiny pores, sperm is too large to get through, but viral STDs, like HIV and herpes can seep through these types of condoms.
Perhaps those in a committed relationship, where each partner knows their status, might consider giving lambskin condoms a try, but they are not recommended for casual use.