My partner and I don’t use condoms on a super regular basis, but we do use them when deemed necessary. If you read my previous post on infertility, then you’ll know that the chances of me falling pregnant are extremely limited and next to nothing, but we like to air on the side of caution anyway. The most common reason for us using condoms is me needing to take a course of antibiotics. These tablets can interfere with my contraceptive pill. I get bad skin flare-ups and end up needing a weeks dose of them a few times a year to clear it up so this is when condoms come in handy. I prefer to avoid latex wherever possible (unless it’s clothing) so when the opportunity arose to try some non latex condoms for Lovehoney I jumped at the chance.
The box of Ansell SKYN Extra Lubricated Non Latex Condoms arrived quickly and the presentation was pleasant. The design is clean, simplistic and the colours used are dark blue and black which makes a nice change from all the garish, bright condom packaging around. The box offers up some information about the condoms such as their nominal width, the material used and basic safety directions. Inside, there was ten individually packaged condoms, a sachet of their Maximum Performance Silicone Lubricant and some standard information such as how to place the condoms on properly and correct disposal methods.
The name may give it away, but these condoms do not contain latex. This makes them a viable option for those who have a suspected or known allergy to natural rubber latex or simply have a preference for other materials. I didn’t have much information prior to the condoms arrival, all I knew was that they were latex free. I wasn’t sure what they would be made from but the packaging later informed me that synthetic polyisoprene was the answer. The brand refers to this material as ‘skynfeel‘ because it’s designed to be soft and comfortable for the wearer, providing a natural fit and feel. I would definitely agree with the natural feeling statement. My partner didn’t lose any sensation during sex and said it felt like he wasn’t wearing anything. He has only ever experienced this with one or two other condoms before with the least noticeable being the Fair Squared Ultra Thin Vegan Condoms. It must be something to do with the absence of latex.
In terms of fit, my partner is on the larger side (in both girth and in length) but he didn’t find any issues with stretching these condoms to accommodate himself. He did mention that they are a smidge shorter than other condoms that we’ve used, but he managed to make the fit work there too. He said that these condoms feel tight enough to be secure and stay put, but not so tight that they become uncomfortable or painful.
These condoms are extra lubricated and I’m not sure whether this aided the natural feeling alongside the thin material, but I like it. There have been more times than I’d like to remember when my partner has worn a condom and I have felt some friction that won’t disperse without masses of lube, so I’m extremely pleased to have found some that solve that problem. We thought that insertion of his penis was much easier and more comfortable for me with these than most other brands and we didn’t need to add any additional lube during our sessions. If your partner lasts longer than an hour you may need to make use of the provided sachet, but as PIV tends to be about half that time for us we had no need to.
Are there any downsides to these condoms? Unfortunately, yes. I thought everything was going smoothly until I caught a quick sniff as I placed it on my partner. We have never used polyisoprene condoms before so I don’t know whether this is to be expected or not, but it wasn’t particularly pleasant. I’d liken it to ‘wet dog’ or something similar although it’s only noticeable when putting the condom on or removing it. As I can’t detect the odour when the condom is in use this is not a deal breaker for me. I would of course prefer it to be absent, but I can get over it.
You can purchase the Ansell SKYN Extra Lubricated Non Latex Condoms ($19.95 AUD) at Lovehoney. I received this product free of charge in exchange for my honest review. Thank you!