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I read on your site that non-latex condoms can be safe but they tend to be not as safe as latex condoms. You recommend another form of birth control to prevent pregnancy.

My partner is allergic to latex and we don't want to worry about any more children for a while. She's anti the pill or anything that has hormones in it (partially past reactions and how it may negatively impact her breastfeeding). Thus, she sees non-latex condoms as the safest bet to prevent pregnancy.

Problem is they're NOT readily available at clinics or the major pharmacies. Is that true everywhere or just in a conservative area?

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In my experience (I live in Wisconsin, USA) non-latex condoms are more scarce, but not impossible to find. I believe that I've seen them at most of the drugstores that I've been to, but my local drugstores are very large chain stores. If the store is locally owned or smaller, it's not as likely that they'll have non-latex condoms. Perhaps you can write a letter to your local drugstores and let them know that there is a demand?

I recommend using an online store to order polyurethane condoms. Plus, online stores have a very large selection of other safer sex supplies too (non-latex gloves, etc) too!

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Greetings from a fellow Minnesotan (though in the city, not in mankato).

The Walgreens here do sell Avanti condoms, which are non-latex. The female condom, Reality, is also non-latex.

As a note, to my knowledge, studies done on non-latex condoms have shown they are just as effective as birth control as latex condoms. What the jury is out on is if they are comparable in terms of STD and STI protection.

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