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PenguinBoy
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Heya... I came across vegan condoms a good few months ago in a student co-op...

Firstly I thought "Isn't latex just made of ...latex? How do they get eggs/milk into condoms?"

I thought yeah, veganism can be good, condoms are good maybe I should get some!

But then i sort of got distracted by doubt and thinking that i feel most safe with the most "normal" condoms I can get... and was a bit too busy to remember to look them up again...

since then I'm more inclined to stock up on some... I shouldn't think ineffective condoms would be for sale anywhere (and they've been around for about 10 years). So I can only guess that they're perfectly safe and that my superstition isn't going to help anyone.

Has any one else made a similar vegan condom discovery?

And, just to be sure, are there any known significant differences in the risk factors of vegan condoms compared to non-vegan ones?

It sort of makes me think about how much trust we put in big brands... I like independent things and like to support local food-growers, i like independent shops and local initiatives but when it comes to condoms i seem to have been a lot more suspicious... and I wonder if that's a bad thing or not... there's a lot of risk involved and i can be sure that a big brand will be more experienced...

I don't think any philosophical consumer choice should be a reason to feel bad for trying to make the best decision regarding ones sexual health... I still am weary though of buying my condoms from "the man"...

I think buying some just to open up and have a look at is the best way to build my confidence in them, which I very much would like to do. I do prefer to avoid animal products where they're not necessary.

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TPB
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I'm not really sure about their reliability, since I've only heard about vegan condoms in passing, but what are they made of?

Theoretically latex and polyurethane condoms should be vegan... only ones that are definitely not are lambskin ones. I can't find anything about animal products used in the latex condom production (despite other claims on vegan-condom websites). They also should theoretically all be equally safe, though word-of-mouth would indicate otherwise. Maybe you should look online for reviews.

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goodmagpie
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Latex has milk in, apparently. I think Pasante do some... I'll see if I can find the link.
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alexisinwonderland
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Glyde Health company makes vegan condoms, dams and gloves -- they are made of latex, but without the milk protein. If you do a search, you can probably find different retailers online.

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strike9
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Go ahead and have a look at this link, it will explain it a bit better: http://sexuality.about.com/od/contraception/a/vegancondoms.htm

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