Article updated: April 11, 2021
So you just slayed the women of your dreams. Beautiful face, banging body – great sex. You’re on top of the world.
There’s only one problem: your genitals feels like they’ve been rolling around in poison ivy.
How can this be! You used protection! You took all precautionary measures.
You covered your stump before you humped.
You armored your tank before you entered her flank.
How could you have contracted an STI! Damn those condoms! They failed you when you needed them most.
But wait, what’s this? All STI and STD screening comes back clean? What could be the problem?
Did you know that 19 million Americans are allergic to latex? And considering most available condoms are made out of the stuff, it’s extremely common for men (and women) to experience their first allergic reactions to latex after copulation.
While symptoms can vary in severity from person to person, allergic reactions typically include:
Considering most of these reactions are also typical with many STIs, it’s not uncommon for guys (and gals) to mistakingly believe they contracted something from their partner.
So what’s the alternative?
Latex condoms are by far the most common condoms available, but luckily non-latex variants aren’t in short supply.
What Are Non-Latex Condoms Made Of?
Non-latex condoms are typically available in these 3 materials: polyisoprene, polyurethane, or lambskin.
Polyisoprene – The most popular non-latex condom material, polyisoprene is basically a synthetic version of natural latex. While it shares pretty much all the same physical characteristics (and feel) as a latex condom, it doesn’t contain the natural plant proteins that tend to be the cause of allergic reactions. The most popular choice for polyisoprene condoms are SKYN by Lifestyles. While they are slightly more expensive than traditional latex condoms, polyisoprene condoms are an excellent alternative for people with latex allergies.
Benefits of polyisoprene condoms:
- Latex free
- Protects against unwanted pregnancy
- Protects against STDs
- Protects against HIV
- Slightly more expensive than latex
Polyurethane – As the name suggests, polyurethane condoms are made from a thin, clear plastic called polyurethane. While sharing the same functionality and efficacy as latex and polyisoprene condoms, polyurethane condoms are usually thinner, stronger, and more loose fitting. While some men prefer the unrestricted feel of polyurethane condoms, others complain that they are too loose and baggy. Ultimately the feel of a polyurethane condom all comes down to personal preference. Polyurethane condoms are typically more expensive than latex and polyisoprene condoms.
Benefits of polyurethane condoms:
- Latex free
- Odor free
- Protects against pregnancy
- Protects against STDs
- Protects against HIV
- More expensive than latex and polyisoprene
- Lack of elasticity might cause condom to fall off during intercourse
Lambskin – Lambskin condoms are one of the least common non-latex condoms you’ll come across. While the name is a bit misleading, lambskin condoms are actually made from the thin intestines of a lamb, not the skin. Known for their comfort and sensitivity, these condoms are a great option for couples whose sole intent is to prevent unwanted pregnancy. Unfortunately due to the porous nature of lambskin (intestines) these condoms are not effective for preventing the transmission of STDs or HIV. Lambskin condoms are typically one of the most expensive condoms to buy.
Benefits of lambskin condoms:
- Latex free
- Very thin
- Natural feel
- Protects against unwanted pregnancy
- Doesn’t protect against STDs
- Doesn’t protect against HIV
Now that you know a little bit about latex allergy symptoms, and the positive and negatives of non-latex condoms, let’s take a look at my list of best non-latex condoms for sensitive skin.
5 Best Non-Latex Condoms For Sensitive Skin Reviewed
SKYN – Elite
Ultra thin and ultra soft, the Elite condom from SKYN is basically everything us guys are looking for in a condom: natural feel. Constructed using SKYN’s patented SKYNFEEL™ material, this condom feels so natural, you may be inclined to look down during intercourse to make sure it’s still around your member. And that’s kind of the point of the SKYN Elite; to remain completely undetectable. After all, if I wanted to feel a condom, I could just wrap a garbage bag around my penis.
What I like about SKYN Elite condoms:
• Barely there
Screw condoms. Screw em all. Unfortunately condoms are a necessity that many of us guys must deal with. And it would appear that SKYN’s lab geeks share that same sentiment, because they constructed a condom that ceases to exist once it’s around your wiener. Seriously the SKYN Elite feels so thin and natural, you may start wondering if it slipped off into the abyss during copulation.
• Easy out
I’ll admit it, having to use condoms kind of sucks – especially in the heat of the moment. There are few things that can kill an erection quite like struggling around in the dark with a condom wrapper. Not only does it delay the action, it also kind of makes you look like an inexperienced wimp. Thankfully SKYN has got your back, and makes their wrappers easy to open in light or dark situations. While it’s not the biggest deal in the world, it is a nice little touch that in time, I’m sure you’ll appreciate.
• No odor
“The smell of rubber really turns me on.” – No one ever.
One of humanities biggest complaints about latex condoms is that they really stink. At least it’s my biggest complaint, and that’s good enough for me. One of the things I really appreciate about the SKYN Elite is the lack of odor. While they aren’t completely odorless (even water has a faint odor), they are a HUGE improvement over the nostril raping that a latex condom doles out.
• Sensitive skin safe
That’s why you’re here isn’t it? SKYN Elite are simply one of the best condoms you can get, period. They just so happen to be non-latex, and allergen free for guys (and gals) with sensitive skin. It’s kind of a win, win, win.
Trojan – Supra
My pick for best polyurethane condom is the Trojan Supra. These extremely thin condoms offer incredibly natural feel, but still maintain herculean type strength and durability to prevent unwanted pregnancies, and STIs. Throw in the fact that they virtually have no odor, makes these non-latex condoms always a solid choice for copulation.
What I like about Trojan Supra condoms:
• Barely there feel
When guys talk about a condom “feeling good” what they are essentially saying is that they either barely feel it, or don’t feel it at all. The moment you feel a condom on your penis during intercourse is the moment you realize that particular condom really sucks. What’s great about these Trojan Supra condoms is that they land firmly in the barely feel it/don’t feel it at all category.
• Secure fit
One of the biggest complaints guys have about polyurethane condoms is that they have tendency to be loose and baggy. Not only does this interfere with comfort, but this can also cause the condom to slip off while you’re going to town. This not only disrupts the pleasure of intercourse, but it negates a lot of the safe sex benefits of wearing a condom in the first place. One of the things I really like about these particular polyurethane condoms is the snug-but-not-too-snug fit. It feels secure, comfortable, and doesn’t feel like a loose fitting garbage bag is tied around your dong.
• Sensitive skin safe
If you or your partner suffer from a latex allergy, these are simply put, one of the best non-latex condoms for sensitive skin you can get. They’re comfortable, thin, they don’t stink, and they offer full STI, HIV, and contraception protection.
Durex – RealFeel
While these are made from the same stuff as SKYN condoms (polyisoprene), they have their own unique feel and texture. Thin and comfortable enough to forget you’re wearing it, the Durex RealFeel condom gets 2 erections up for comfort and natural feel. And with little to no fragrance, it makes me wonder why anyone would choose to use a latex condom again.
What I like about Durex RealFeel condoms:
• They feel like the real thing, almost
Since there are so many safety benefits with using a condom, I guess I can look past the fact that they totally rob us men of that real genital-to-genital feel. But when it comes to Durex RealFeel condoms, I couldn’t help but notice that the real genital-to-genital sensation wasn’t so dramatically reduced. I’d actually go as far as saying I almost forgot it was there. Winner.
• They don’t stink
I originally received one of these RealFeel condoms as a sample from my doctors office, and the first thing I noticed when I tore open the package was the lack of rubber stink that is always present with latex condoms. Nothing kills the sensual mood of intimacy worse than tearing open a latex condom and letting the smell of medical rubber latex permeate the air -except maybe a fart. Thankfully that’s not an issue with these Durex RealFeel condoms.
• Non-latex obviously
These are perfect for men or women who have a latex allergy. They are constructed of polyisoprene (same as SKYN) and don’t cause any of the unpleasant skin reactions associated with latex allergies.
SKYN – Extra Studded
Literally make waves in bed with these SKYN Extra studded condoms. Boasting all the same specs as the SKYN Original, but with a wavy, studded texture that’ll have your penis doing the happy dance. Constructed with SKYN’s patented SKYNFEEL™ material, these textured, non-latex condoms almost feel better than wearing nothing at all. Sorry SKYN, rawdog FTW.
What I like about SKYN Extra Studded condoms:
While I personally don’t choose to use these every time, I think they are a great option if you and you’re partner are looking to change things up a bit. They are certainly worth a try just to experience the unique wavy texture. Who knows, they might end up being your go to condom.
It’s no secret that the thickness of a condom has a direct impact on the amount of sensation and stimulation a guy feels during sex. If I’m using a condom and it feels like I have a banana peel wrapped around my penis, It’s safe to say I will never use that condom again. What I like about all SKYN polyisoprene condoms is that they are thin, comfortable, and offer a very natural feel. Even though these particular SKYN condoms are “studded” the material is quite thin, and the only non-natural feeling (in a good way) are the studs themselves.
SKYN is the #1 selling polyisoprene condom in the world, so they must be doing something right. If you or your partner suffer from a latex allergy, polyisoprene condoms are possibly the best performing alternative you will find. They are safe, comfortable, thin, and my favorite benefit: they don’t stink.
Trojan – NaturaLamb
If you ever thought to yourself: “gee, I’d really like to stick my penis in some lamb intestines,” then you should really be committed. Once you’re discharged from the psychiatric hospital and no longer an imminent danger to society, I highly recommend you give one of these Trojan NaturLamb condoms a try. Constructed from the thin intestines of a lamb (i.e. not vegan friendly) these are hands down one of the best feeling penis bags you’re going to come across. 100% latex-free and sensitive skin safe, NaturaLamb lambskin condoms are a must try if polyisoprene or polyurethane condoms just aren’t doing it for you. Note: lambskin condoms are for pregnancy protection only. They do not protect against STI’s.
What I like about Trojan NaturaLamb condoms:
• They don’t stink like latex
Since NaturaLamb condoms aren’t constructed from latex, they don’t have that classic rubber stink that I find oh-so unpleasant. To be fair though, NaturaLamb condoms do have a unique scent that some people don’t really care for. I personally find it mild and not all that noticeable.
• They are super thin
If you can somehow look past the fact that you’re basically having sex with your partner and a lamb’s intestines at the same time, then you will be pleasantly surprised by the thin, barely there feel. In fact, lambskin condoms are known to be the thinnest, most comfortable condoms available.
How to Put on a Condom Without Being Awkward AF
If you’ve ever been in the heat of the moment, you know how awkward it can be to stop, open a condom wrapper, and fumble around in the dark trying to put it on while your partner looks on in uncomfortable silence. I imagine it looks a lot like a clown trying to make a balloon animal for the first time. Not cool.
Aside from being a potential mood killer, it can really make using a condom feel like an unpleasant chore that you’d rather just avoid.
My best advice is to make a condom part of your daily attire. Wear one 24/7. Put one on first thing in the morning, and don’t take it off, ever. So when (if) that special moment finally arrives, you’re all set ready to go.
But in all seriousness, the best way to put a condom on without being awkward is to practice beforehand. If you can master putting on a condom in private, it will speed up the process and help eliminate the awkward silence, and wait time when it’s time for the real deal.
Also try to loosen up a bit. Sex is supposed to be fun and enjoyable. Try stimulating your partner’s body with your mouth or kiss her while you put the condom on. This will help keep the juices flowing while continuing to build anticipation. Win-win.
How do You Dispose of a Used Condom?
You throw the damn thing in the trash. Simple right? Although this seems like basic common sense, it’s amazing how often condoms are found in awkward or inappropriate places.
The first time I ever saw a condom was on a playground when I was about 6 years old. Of course I had no idea what it was at the time. I simply remember seeing it lying on the ground next to the tunnel slide, and thinking to myself someone’s balloon animal popped. Good thing I didn’t try to re-inflate it.
While tossing your ejaculate filled balloon animals on the ground might seem like the convenient way to go, the most appropriate disposal method for a used condom is to actually tie it into a knot and place it in a garbage can. I suggest even wrapping it in tissue to be more discreet.
Can you Flush Condoms Down the Toilet?
Yes, you absolutely can, but no, you absolutely shouldn’t do it.
Ask any plumber and he’ll tell you condoms are a frequent cause of clogged pipes and septic tanks. That’s because condoms are not biodegradable, meaning they don’t break down or fall apart over time. So not only are they bad for plumbing and septic tanks, they can also have a negative impact on the environment if they get into our waterways.
How Often do Condoms Break?
If used correctly, the likelihood of a condom breaking is actually really small. But it does happen.
These are the most common reasons why condoms break during intercourse:
- It’s old as hell – There is a reason why condoms have an expiration date on the package. Always check the expiration date and don’t use a condom that’s past its prime.
- Improper storage – Condoms should be stored in a cool, dry location. They are sensitive to extreme fluctuations in temperature and direct sunlight, so avoid keeping them in your car, bathroom, or wallet for long periods of time.
How Long are Condoms Good for?
You can usually find a condoms expiration date on both the box and the individual wrapper. Most condoms typically have a lifespan of 5 years from the manufacture date, but can be less if the condom has spermicide lubricant on it.
To be 100% sure, always check the box or wrapper for the expiration date and never use a condom that’s expired.
Thanks for checking out my list of best non-latex condoms for sensitive skin. If you found this article helpful, definitely check out my list of best personal lubes for sensitive skin. As always, if you have any comments or questions, feel free to drop me a line in the comment section below.