Latex and non-latex
The majority of condoms are made from two types of latex:
Natural rubber latex
Latex condoms weaken and damage easily when they come into contact with oil-based lubricants and other substances such as baby oil, mineral oil, suntan lotion, cooking oil, baby oil, petroleum jelly, cold creams, skin lotions and, bringing up the rear so to speak, butter or margarine.
A type of plastic (eg: polyisprene and polyurethane) which doesn't irritate people with latex allergies. Though less stretchy than natural rubber latex, synthetic latex condoms can be very thin and be used with oil based lubricants.
An alternative to latex and non-latex condoms made from a thin layer of sheep cecum, a part of the intestine. We mention them because you may come across them but they DO NOT prevent the transmission of viral STIs including HIV and herpes. On the upside the lambskin condoms are effective against pregnancy, they don't trigger latex allergies, are biodegradable and can be used with oil-based lubricants.
Lambskin condoms | lambskincondoms.org
Vegan friendly condoms
New to the market, Glyde condoms come in several sizes, are made of natural rubber latex (with only natural and vegan colours and flavours) and are suitable for use with water based or silicone based lubricants.
Condoms suitable for vegans | Glyde Condoms↑ Back to top