There are a number of reasons why some people prefer polyurethane condoms over typical latex ones. Unfortunately there are not as many brands of polyurethane condoms on the market to choose from. Here are the ones we currently know of:
*Durex Avanti Polyurethane seem to now be out of production. Durex Avanti Bare are a different product and made from polyisoprene, another alternative to natural latex.
Unlike latex condoms, polyurethane condoms can be used with water-based, silicone-based, or oil-based lubes. Additionally, some brands of polyurethane condoms are sold with lubricant already applied.
Oils cause latex materials to degrade, thus, latex condoms can only be safely used with water-based or silicone-based lubricants.
What’s the difference between latex condoms and polyurethane condoms? Both are effective methods of pregnancy and STD prevention, and what’s best for each couple is a matter of personal comfort and preference. It’s definitely worth trying a few brands of each to find the one you like.
|Pregnancy & STI prevention*
||both very effective
||a bit less likely
||a bit more likely
|Triggers latex allergies?
*Because of their less elasticity, studies have shown a slightly greater likelihood of slippage or breakage with polyurethane condoms. But with careful useage both types are regarded to be highly effective methods of birth control and STI/herpes/HIV prevention.
“Microsheer” is simply a trademark used by Trojan to describe their line of polyurethane condoms, Trojan Supra. The name Microsheer seems to imply thinness, which is a reason why many people prefer polyurethane condoms.
Polyurethane condoms are a good alternative to standard latex condoms. Polyurethane is the most popular condom material after latex. They are preferred by many people who are prone to latex allergies, and are also preferred my some men and women who are just looking for a different feel.
Polyurethane brands are typically manufactured to around the same size as latex condoms, and in laboratory tests are equally effective for disease and pregnancy prevention. Polyurethane is, however, less elastic than latex and thus some people find them more likely to slip or break. With careful usage, they are very effective.
Besides their benefits for sufferers of latex allergies, polyurethane has several advantages over latex. Polyurethane conducts body heat better than latex, has no odor, is less sensitive to temperature and UV light for a longer shelf life, and can be used with oil-based lubricants. Some brands are made thinner than many latex versions, and with the increased heat transfer, some users find them to be more natural and intimate feeling.
Available brands of polyurethane condoms include: Trojan Supra, Okamoto 0.02 EX Polyurethane Condom, Sagami Original 0.02 Condom