Vegan Condoms are a Real Thing

Did you know that the majority of condoms available at local drugstores contain animal products? They do.

Wait, what?

It’s true. Ask any vegan in your life, and they’ll tell you: animal products find their way into all sorts of products that you’d never expect.

Like condoms.

Surprisingly, some condoms contain milk powder; many contain casein, a by-product of the dairy industry. Much like sugar and alcohol, casein is another way animal agribusiness profits from ingredients considered “waste.” It’s in everything from food to glue to plastics to hair products, which means those drugstore condoms probably are not suitable for vegans.

Thankfully, vegan condoms are a real thing that exists. That’s good, too, since condoms are the only method of birth control that also help to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. Generally speaking, they’re inexpensive (sometimes free), discreet, and have no side effects. Safe sex is sexy.

Why Choose Vegan Condoms?

I’ve been writing about vegan topics for more than a decade now. I know that some readers might feel avoiding animal by-products like casein seems a little extreme. After all, we live in a mostly non-vegan world; it is impossible for anyone to be 100 percent vegan.

Of course, that’s partly true. The world is not wholly vegan. This fact shouldn’t prohibit us from doing our absolute best to avoid these types of products whenever possible, however. Maya Angelou once said, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”

Luckily for vegans, there are plenty of animal-free choices available.

What are Vegan Condoms?

What makes a condom vegan? First things first, vegan condoms can’t contain any animal products or by-products, like milk powder or casein. Next, the condom components or lubricant can’t be tested on animals. If you’re surprised condoms are subject to animal testing, you’re not alone. I was, too.

Many brands list this information on the package, but some don’t, so it’s important to check the label carefully or do a quick internet search before purchasing.

Where do You Buy Vegan Condoms?

So, where do you buy vegan condoms? Unfortunately, finding a wide selection of vegan condoms at your local drugstore is unlikely, but there are a few. Brands like Durex (the Avanti Ultima, Fetherlite Ultra, and Deluxe versions only) and Lifestyles SKYN line have vegan-friendly options and are routinely found at local drugstores.

Perhaps the easier, albeit not quicker, way to get vegan condoms is by purchasing them directly from the company or other online retailers.

Here are five high-rated vegan condom companies based exclusively on my super scientific personal research (ie: reading many online customer reviews):

Vegan condoms are comparable to their non-vegan counterparts regarding price, but pricing varies from brand to brand.

It’s your turn to share. Did you know that vegan condoms are a real thing that exists? Let’s talk condoms in the comments.

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