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Using condoms every time you have intercourse can greatly reduce the risk of unwanted pregnancy and the transmission of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Unfortunately, conventional latex condoms aren't ideal for everyone. That's why CVS carries a diverse assortment of latex-free condoms, giving you the ability to shop online and benefit from discreet shipping to your home.

Understanding Condoms

Condoms are a method of contraception that works by helping to prevent sperm from reaching an egg. A condom is a stretchy sheath that is rolled down over the penis prior to intercourse. When the man ejaculates, the semen is captured in the tip or reservoir of the condom. After withdrawal, the condom is then simply thrown away. Many people prefer to use condoms for contraception because they are easy to use and do not require a doctor's prescription. In addition to providing an effective method of birth control, condoms prevent the exchange of other body fluids and can lower the likelihood of STI transmission.

What kind of condoms are latex free?

The majority of condoms on the market today are made out of latex; however, latex free options made from polyurethane, lambskin and polyisoprene are also available. People most often use latex free condoms because they or their partners are sensitive or allergic to latex. Some people simply prefer the feel of non-latex condoms or feel that they have a more pleasant scent. Keep in mind that lambskin condoms are not effective at preventing STIs.

Comparing Your Options

There are a number of features to compare when choosing non-latex condoms. It's a good idea to begin by focusing on the options made out of the material you prefer and then to further refine your search by size. Condoms must fit properly to be effective and comfortable. Next, you can consider which features are preferable to you. Lubricated condoms can make intercourse easier and more comfortable for both partners and are very popular as a result. Ultra-thin options can increase sensitivity and provide sensations that are closer to skin-to-skin contact.

Getting Best Results

It's important to use a new latex-free condom every time that you have intercourse. The condoms will come with instructions that tell you the best techniques for application and removal. Following these directions carefully is important to help ensure effectiveness. You should also comply with the storage instructions printed on the packaging to keep condoms in good condition. Always check condoms for an expiration date as well as rips and tears prior to use.

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