The age-old question vegans have been asking for centuries…….. are condoms vegan?? Ok, so maybe this question isn’t that old but it is still a very important sexual health question. Being 100% vegan in every aspect of your life can be a challenge; when we first think of veganism, we generally associate it with food. Animal by-products can be found in so many items these days and condoms aren’t exempt. Don’t fret vegans, you don’t have to start having unprotected sex or turn to celibacy, there are vegan and cruelty-free brands out there along with many vegan lube options – you just have to find them.
Are vegan condoms reliable?
No condom is ever going to be 100% reliable sadly, but the vegan options out there are reportedly no less reliable than their counterparts.
According to the UK brand Hanx, which has products certified by The Vegan Society, “Vegan condoms have met the same government standards as non-vegan condoms, which means they are 98% effective against STI’s and pregnancy.”
*For all personal and medical choices, including sexual wellness, we encourage you to do your own research and make the most appropriate decisions for you and your body.
Condoms, not Vegan? What?
Most vegans have heard of the cow’s milk derivative, casein, and how it manages to sneak its way into lots of otherwise innocuous products.
Even condoms, which you would think would be pretty skin-friendly since they are going in some sensitive areas, can often contain nasty chemicals like parabens and yes, even animal products like casein. Casein is a hidden allergen in rubber latex gloves and other latex products like condoms. There are lots of brands who are changing the condom game through the launch of vegan condoms and lubricants, such as HERO Condoms in Australia, founded by CEO Dustin Leonard, whose brand is on a mission to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS.
What makes a vegan condom, you ask? No animal products or by-products, to start. And no animal testing, which can sometimes be required by the government for ‘medical devices’, which condoms fall under the definition of.
HERO Condoms use plant-based, pH balanced aloe vera as their lubricant, which is free of parabens and petrochemicals. They also donate from the sale of their products to stop HIV/AIDS from spreading in Botswana.
Other companies such as Sir Richard’s Condom Company and Durex offer vegan condom lines as well. Keep it safe, keep it vegan!
Like everything in life, a little preparation can be the key to success. The same holds true in the bedroom, or wherever the mood strikes you. Spend some time researching brands, nailing down a vegan option that you feel good about. Then, when the time is right, you won’t have to ask, is this vegan?
Here are a few sites to get your search started. Enjoy! 😉