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When the mood strikes for you and your partner, the last thing you want is to be caught wondering which condoms are vegan, right?

We know this can be a sensitive matter (pun intended), so we’re here to offer a guide to the best vegan condoms, and ultimately, determine which is the best one for you, based on your personal preferences. Coming up in our reviews of vegan condoms brands, we’ll talk about pros and cons for each and offer our honest feedback.

But, before we get to those, let’s provide a foundation for our discussion, and also, reveal how we’re going to rate the vegan-friendly condoms we’ve chosen to evaluate.

A very quick “condoms 101”

Realizing that we all might have different levels of familiarity with condoms, we thought we’d provide a brief “Condom 101,” just so we’re all on the same page before we begin to dive into more details as they relate directly to veganism.

What is a condom exactly?

In case you weren’t paying close enough attention during Sex-Ed in high school, condoms are a form of contraceptive, which prevents sperm from fertilizing an egg (i.e. resulting in a pregnancy).

And though “condoms” can technically be worn by either sex–as they come in quite a few different forms–one of the most commonly and widely used types of condom, which we’ll be reviewing soon, is worn over male genitalia.

This video provides a great general overview of how condoms are manufactured:

Why are condoms so highly encouraged?

Condoms are unique in that they’re the only form of contraception that can prevent pregnancy and protect against Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).

The Cleveland Clinic reports condoms to be about 85% effective, with the largest margin of error on account of breakage and improper usage, mostly attributed to user error.

What makes most condoms NOT vegan?

There are a couple of points to bear in mind when you buy condoms as a vegan:

Casein

Most condoms on the market are made of latex, and in order to make them smooth, manufacturers will incorporate a material that includes casein, the dominant protein found in milk and a widely utilized by-product of dairy farming.

 

Now, this doesn’t mean that all latex condoms contain casein (see some examples below in our reviews), but should you be looking for the best latex-free condoms due to an allergy, we’ll be discussing solutions for this dilemma quite soon.

 

“Natural?”

When it comes to condoms, “natural” means that they’re composed of animal skin (specifically, intestines, usually of a lamb)… Not sure we need to say much more!

This video does a good job navigating the world of birth control from a vegan point of view:

Condoms and other health concerns

Even though your condom might be vegan, exercise caution: it could contain one or more of the following potentially harmful chemicals:

Benzocaine

This local anesthetic numbs nerve endings and reduces stimulation in order to delay a man’s climax. Unfortunately, it provides numbing effects for your partner, too, and can cause physical irritation and other unpleasant neurological side effects, such as dizziness and difficulty breathing.

 

Glycerin

Used as a lubricant and to enhance flavor, glycerin can contribute to yeast infections, create vaginal inflammation and disrupt overall pH balances.

 

Parabens

Found in cosmetic and pharmaceutical products, parabens impersonate estrogen, which can lead to hormonal imbalances. Though the FDA labels a low level of exposure to parabens “safe,” the EU has banned the use of five parabens entirely.

 

Nonoxynol-9

A volatile chemical found in many spermicides, which helps aid the contraceptive properties of the prophylactic, nonoxynol-9 can cause irritation in the vagina and rectal wall, too, thus upping the chances of contracting an STD anyway or possibly even a urinary tract infection.

What else to consider when choosing a vegan condom

Now that we know what condoms are, the overall health pros and cons, and what can potentially make them non-vegan, let’s dive into some more specifics about what to look for when choosing your next vegan condom.

Latex vs. Polyurethane vs. Polyisoprene

If you’re looking for vegan non-latex condoms, Polyurethane (plastic) and polyisoprene (synthetic rubber) are two alternatives to latex (tree rubber).

 

However, while the best non-latex condoms help solve allergy issues, and many report a more natural “feel” since these clear condoms are thinner and stretch more easily (polyisoprene is even stretchier), it’s important to exercise caution when it comes to slippage and breakage.

 

Function vs. Fashion

Vegan or not, there are several general aspects about condoms that we feel are important to mention as you consider which vegan-friendly option is the one for you:

 

Size and fit

Some of the brands we review offer larger options for those who need extra room, while there are many regular-sized, too. It’s very much like picking out a pair of shoes: You might want that pair you saw in the window display, but it’s unfortunately not an option if the shop doesn’t carry it in your size!

 

Texture

You’ll find that some brands are ribbed, some are smooth, some are pre-lubricated, and some aren’t. In this category, we don’t really feel there’s a “better or worse;” there’s only what you find pleasurable, which may differ from the person next to you… also akin to shoes, some just feel better in high heels or clogs than others!

 

Style

Condoms come in different colors and flavors (as well as a glow-in-the-dark option). This is also a matter of personal preference, so please keep this in mind as we get to our vegan condom reviews.

 

Quality vs. quantity

Adequate protection during intercourse is paramount. As the consequences of a lackluster product are quite high here–from an unwanted pregnancy and STIs to irritation and infection–if we’re going to pay just a bit more to ensure quality in any area our lives, perhaps it’s in this one.

 

That being said, there are a few specific aspects to consider as it pertains to quality and quantity of condoms. For example, Polyurethane and polyisoprene condoms tend to be more expensive than latex.

 

Price

For most, price is almost always a factor. Think about how often you find yourself needing condoms. The frequency or infrequency of your participation is a wise aspect to consider when thinking about the “quantity vs. quality” dilemma, yes, but also, as it pertains to price.

Vegan condoms reviewed

Now that we’ve discussed how we’re going to compare and contrast the following brands to determine the best vegan condoms… let’s get to it!

Glyde maxi premium larger fit condoms

The first vegan condoms we’re reviewing are the Glyde Maxi Premium Larger Fit condoms. As you can tell from the name, they’re designed for those in need of more room than provided by regular-sized condoms.

These condoms are affordable, as well as “ethical, vegan and fair trade,” with certifications from the Vegan Society and PETA’s Caring Consumer Program, and Ethiquette, to name just a few. We also appreciate how this brand’s website clearly states that their condoms are free of harmful chemicals (including glycerin, parabens, and nonoxynol-9, as mentioned earlier).

While these condoms are made of natural latex (so, those with allergies, keep this in mind), our reports were that the latex did not present as unpleasantly thick or odorous.

For the full Glyde range of sizes and products, click here.

WHAT WE LIKE:

  • Ethical and fair trade
  • Chemical-free

WHAT WE DISLIKE:

  • Expensive
  • Not for those with latex allergies

My size 60mm condoms

This next condom from the vegan brand My Size was also created to suit those who need more room than the typical model allows.

However, My Size actually offers seven different sizes, and their website has a section that teaches the consumer how to properly measure for the perfect fit (or you can download their app)! After using their guide, our take on this specific size condom (60mm) is that it thankfully doesn’t constrict or reduce sensitivity during the act.

Other than catering to several size needs–and being highly affordable–we really appreciate how transparent My Size is about their ingredients. Not only are these synthetic latex condoms spermicide free, but their website offers the entire list of ingredients used in their latex mixture (though for business purposes, they choose not to reveal product percentages).

For more sizes from My Size, click here.

WHAT WE LIKE:

  • Highly affordable
  • Comfortable for both partners
  • Good levels of sensitivity 
  • Transparency
  • Offers multiple sizes

WHAT WE DISLIKE:

  • May not be suitable for those with latex allergies

Durex avanti bare real feel condoms

Our next condoms, Durex Avanti Bare Real Feel, are made of polyisoprene (i.e. latex-free) with pre-lubrication; they’re designed with performance in mind, and they advertise a “skin-on-skin” sensation. Most reported enjoying the lack of latex feeling and odor, though they wouldn’t go as far as to say it was akin to the sensation of “skin-on-skin” contact.

These condoms are also more expensive than some of the others on the market (as most latex-free options tend to be). These condoms are regular-sized, so if you’re seeking a larger version, you’ll have to choose another brand–and if you’re sensitive to pre-lubricant, you may also want to consider another option.

We do really like that Durex makes product quality testing a priority. They use electronic testing, water leak testing and an air inflation test to ensure that there are no pinholes, defects, or leaks in their condoms.

WHAT WE LIKE:

  • Product quality testing
  • Big brand will give many confidence
  • Pre-lubrication will suit some
  • Latex-free

WHAT WE DISLIKE:

  • No mention of chemical content
  • An expensive choice

Sustain natural ultra thin condoms

These condoms from Sustain Natural are made of latex and pre-lubricated, inside and out.

We like that their affordability doesn’t affect overall quality: the brand is very clear that their condoms are electronically-tested for safety, free of the harmful chemicals we’ve mentioned (as well as animal by-products, of course) as well as FDA approved and Fair Trade certified. Sustain Natural also donates 10% of their profits to support women’s health organizations in the U.S.

And while we love the price, non-toxicity and philanthropy, and when it comes to function we’re also fans. Many reported that these condoms do feel as thin as advertised and enjoyed that there’s no odd odor or itching sensation despite the natural latex material.

We did have a few reports of this condom being too small and tight, even for the average-sized. While it would be great if they offered more length options, Sustain Natural does include a size guide with exact measurements, so we feel that this is more up to the consumer to elect the correct size.

Check out the full Sustain Natural range here.

WHAT WE LIKE:

  • Affordable
  • Chemical-free
  • As thin as advertised
  • Great, fully vegan, ethical company

WHAT WE DISLIKE:

  • May not suit those with latex allergies

L. ultra thin lubricated latex condoms

The next vegan condoms up for assessment are ultra thin, lubricated, and from a company simply called L., which uses sustainably-harvested natural latex (and “green” packaging). This product is also pre-lubricated and comes with an extended bulb fit.

They pride themselves on not using any ingredients that you can’t pronounce (i.e. chemical-free), and they triple test their products for safety. L. also “stands in solidarity with all women” and supports female entrepreneurs in the creation of pads for their communities. Plus, for every product sold, L. makes one accessible to someone in need.

And while we very much enjoy these qualities about L. condoms, the user experience was also mostly positive. Our reports were that the fit was as described and the thinness provided an excellent experience though a few did wish that these condoms were slightly thinner and roomier. Some found that this latex did not seem to aggravate as much as others in the past nor did they provide any unpleasant odor.

See the full range of L. condoms here.

WHAT WE LIKE:

  • Affordable
  • Chemical-free
  • Socially-driven mission

WHAT WE DISLIKE:

  • May not suit those with latex allergies

Royal ultra thin lubricated latex condoms

This product from Royal is electronically tested for quality assurance (three times over) and FDA-approved. Also non-toxic and chemical-free, this brand claims that their two main focuses are on long-lasting lubricants and removing that “nasty rubbery latex smell.” We really like that Royal offers several condom sizes (and flavors, too); at this point, we can really appreciate that this is not a “one-size-fits-all” business!

As far as functionality for these affordable vegan condoms, our reports are largely positive. We found that both men and women enjoyed the lubrication on this condom as well as the lack of pronounced latex odor. While some felt these condoms are too thick, the majority agreed that Royal’s product delivers on their two-pronged mission.

As always, since every body is different, those who have a latex allergy should exercise caution.

WHAT WE LIKE:

  • Affordable
  • Highly tested
  • Chemical-free
  • Good range of sizes
  • Odorless

WHAT WE DISLIKE:

  • May not suit those with latex allergies

LELO hex original luxury condoms

This brand, Lelo Hex, wields the tagline “The Condom Re-Engineered” with a “unique hexagonal structure,” which they claim improves grip, reduces slippage and risk of breakage. Their ultimate aim is to offer the best of both worlds: the strength and safety of a thick condom with the pleasure and physical sensation of a thin condom.

LELO’s pre-lubricated condoms are made out of natural latex, and the specifications are stated clearly on their website, which they claim to be the “average condom size.”

In a market niche that relies so heavily on personal preference, we appreciate how these condoms provide consumers with a product design unlike any other. And, we can attest that, based on our reports, their manufacturing presents as incredibly durable without feeling too thick and preventing an enjoyable experience. We’ve also had few reports of any irritability despite the natural latex composition.

That being said, while their site also affirms that these condoms are vegan and do not contain spermicide, LELO doesn’t offer much else regarding an ingredient list or whether or not their condoms incorporate any of the harmful chemicals we identified.

WHAT WE LIKE:

  • Affordable
  • Innovative design that delivers

WHAT WE DISLIKE:

  • Lack of transparency re: ingredients
  • May not suit those with latex allergies

Which are the best vegan condoms?

best vegan condoms by MySize

After assessing all aspects of the seven vegan condom options we’ve reviewed–and how they stack up against each other based on our criteria for judgment–we feel good knowing that there are several quality, affordable options out there for you to consider!

But, since we’re here to pick an outright winner, we’re happy to report that we’ve come to a consensus that My Size offers the best vegan condoms. Specifically, we really like they use synthetic latex, which reduces the risk of irritation for those with severe allergies.

We also appreciate My Size’s transparency with ingredients, the quality construction, their commitment to accommodating as many different sizes as possible, and the performance of this product in action, not to mention, these condoms are highly affordable.

We hope this has been an insightful delve into the world of vegan condoms. As always, please leave us a comment below should you have any further questions, and we’ll do our best to supply an helpful response!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Carly Keyes is writer and personal trainer who decided to go plant-based after a visit to the True North Health Center in Santa Rosa, CA. The change has completely revolutionized the way she feels, looks, thinks and behaves, making her a very vocal advocate of the vegan lifestyle.

She’s also a keen singer/songwriter and has studied screenwriting at the University of Michigan. Carly lives in Bloomfield Hills, MI.