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You might shop for organic fruits and veggies at the grocery store; you may even opt for clean, natural beauty products when shopping for skincare. And now, you can bring that green thumb into the bedroom with organic condoms... well, kinda.
Here's the truth: the "organic" label is, well, tricky. What makes a product organic or "natural" is open to debate. And as there's no organic governing body in existence that certifies condoms, currently there's no such thing as an "organic" condom. Yet, you can still opt for a rubber that's better for you and the environment by choosing products that are vegan, fair trade-certified, and free of harmful chemicals such as parabens and nitrosamines.
Check out these top vegan condom options:
Traditionally, casein, a protein derived from milk, has been utilized in condom manufacturing to make condoms smoother, explains gynecologist Alyssa Dweck, MD. For someone looking for a vegan option, they might choose a condom made from natural latex and cornstarch in place of casein, she says. Latex comes from rubber trees and plants, making it an all-natural alternative.
Meet the experts: Alyssa Dweck, MD, FACOG, is a practicing gynecologist in New York and co-author of three books, including The Complete A to Z for Your V: A Women’s Guide to Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Your Vagina.
Jason Panda is the owner and founder of b condoms.
In addition to being vegan, casein-free condoms are also better for the environment (as they don't rely on animals for production) and for those with certain allergens. In fact, what some consumers consider a latex allergy may actually be a reaction to casein or other additives that can react poorly with people's skin, says Jason Panda, owner and founder of b condoms.
Plus, "most reputable [vegan] brands are as effective in the prevention of pregnancy, STIs, and HIV as conventional condoms," explains Dweck. The key is whether or not the product is FDA-approved, she says.
Looking for an eco-friendly condom option? Ahead, the 15 best expert-approved vegan condoms, so you can make your safer sex practices even safer.
Naydeline Mejia is an assistant editor at Women’s Health, where she covers sex, relationships, and lifestyle for WomensHealthMag.com and the print magazine. She is a proud graduate of Baruch College and has more than two years of experience writing and editing lifestyle content. When she’s not writing, you can find her thrift-shopping, binge-watching whatever reality dating show is trending at the moment, and spending countless hours scrolling through Pinterest.
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