What's the difference between latex, membrane and polyurethane condoms?

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The most common material used to make condoms is latex, a type of rubber with very small pores that keep sperm and the smaller HIV virus from passing through. Latex is strong but susceptible to breaking when exposed to high friction and excessive pressure. To mitigate these problems, a water- or silicone-based lubricant should be used both on the inside and outside of the condom. Animal membrane condoms have traditionally been the choice for those allergic to latex, but they fell out of favor in the early 80's when it was found that they were not as effective in protecting against the spread of the HIV virus. The newest material for condom production is polyurethane, a type of plastic that is almost twice as strong as latex. Polyurethane condoms can be made very thin, have less slippage during intercourse and have no odor or taste. Polyurethane also retains more heat than latex, which increases the sensitivity and enjoyment of both partners. One of the primary benefits of using ... more
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