All About Vegan Condoms
Veganism is a lifestyle. It is about making a conscious choice every day to not live at the cost of other creatures’ suffering…and that transcends to sex too.Up till a decade ago, vegans were dismissed as ‘naive and fragile’ because their diet was devoid of animal products entirely, including milk, butter, and cheese. Humans couldn’t fathom a life without roasted turkey, beef pies, chicken nuggets, and cake!
“Why would anyone do this to themselves, deliberately?”, we wondered.
But today, it’s become easier to understand and respect the decision. In 2017, the demand for vegan and vegetarian food increased by 987%. Nearly 50% Americans support the ban on slaughterhouses, and in the UK, people are eating 50% less beef than before.
All this goes to indicate the rising consciousness against animal cruelty among the people today. According to PETA, every vegan saves nearly 200 animals per year. As per the latest facts from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, “vegans are less likely to develop heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and high blood pressure than meat-eaters are.”
Natalie Portman, Ariana Grande, Alicia Silverstone, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Miley Cyrus, Carrie Underwood, Jessica Chastain, Peter Dinklage, Ruby Rose, Mayim Bialik, Rooney and Kate Mara, Venus Williams, Lewis Hamilton – the list is inexhaustible- are all vegan.
But where does veganism stop? Does it only stop at what we eat? The answer is no. If you’re a so-called vegan who loves to wear leather, then you should stop calling yourself a vegan right away.
That brings me to the most important bit – did you know that condoms contain animal derivatives? Most latex condoms contain casein as a lubricant- which is made from milk protein. Some others contain glycerine, often derived from animal fat. So, if you are considering the vegan life, then you must consider vegan-friendly condoms.
Here’s all about vegan condoms – pros, cons and more.
- Not all condoms contain casein, but it is safe to say that a majority of latex ones do.
- There are a limited number of condom manufacturers globally to have been registered as vegan. In India, that number comes down to single digits. Glyde, an Australian brand is well-known for its wide range of vegan condoms, is available on popular e-commerce sites for you to buy, in case you were wondering where to buy vegan condoms from. But, if you’re looking to find vegan condoms in your local chemist store, then you’re going to have to wait a very long time.
- Some vegan brands manufacture condoms that are not only vegan, but also don’t contain nitrosamine, a common ingredient in most commercial condoms that is believed to be carcinogenic.
- In principle, all latex condoms should be vegan, since latex rubber is purely derived from plants (in the form of a milky liquid). However, it is during the processing of this raw latex milk into the stretchy, impermeable, STD-preventing tube-like form that casein is required. Thankfully, companies these days are using thistle extract and other natural compounds to replace casein.
- Let’s talk about the pros and cons of vegan condoms:
- Firstly, vegan condoms are just as effective as conventional ones and come with a success rate of 98% when used properly.
- The second advantage is the like non-vegan condoms, vegan ones can be used for oral, vaginal and anal sex without a second thought.
- The first disadvantage of vegan condoms is that they are a little difficult to find. Hopefully, with growth in demand, pharmacies all over the world would begin to stock them.
- Secondly, sometimes (albeit rarely) vegan condoms can be more expensive than the ordinary ones.
- Standard condoms also contain a spermicidal lubricant called nonoxynol-9, which can cause skin irritation in both genders, and vaginal epithelial disruption in some women. World Health Organisation reports, “Nonoxynol-9 condoms offer no better protection than ordinary condoms and, because of the potential health risks, nonoxynol-9 condoms should no longer be promoted.”
- Condoms with nonoxynol-9 and glycerine increase the chances of vaginal tearing and encourage bacterial growth in the vagina. For women prone to yeast infections, these condoms can be like corporal punishment.
- You must always check the ingredients used in your condom before you decide to buy a whole pack, because certain condoms also contain parabens, which are notorious for being hormone disruptors and have been linked to breast cancer in the past.
If you ask me, whether vegan or not, it seems like safe sex with vegan condoms is the way to go.
On a small side note, do you want to know what exactly happens inside your body when you have sex? You’d seriously be surprised. To know more, watch this video:
Back to your vegan condoms: Did you know that tissues in the vagina are several times more absorbent than tissues anywhere else in our body? For this reason, researchers have considered delivering a lot of life-saving drugs vaginally. So, just as medicinal compounds can be absorbed by the vagina more quickly and effectively, dangerous chemicals in condoms and sanitary products are absorbed faster too. Therefore, even if your male partner may not be as eager to go vegan (at least when it comes to sex), I suppose it is the best call for us to insist on vegan condoms only.
Plus, it’s a good feeling to know that all the fun you have in the bedroom doesn’t cost innocent animals their lives. Wouldn’t you agree?
PS: If you don’t want to be alone in making the switch to vegan, feel free to share this with your friends, and make the conscious move together.