I’ve heard that lambskin condoms are coming back. Do they feel that much different? Why did they fall out of favor in the first place?
— Anonymous, from Tumblr
Sarah: Listen, I don’t honestly know why anyone would use a lambskin condom over the standard latex unless they had an allergy. Here’s why: all animal membranes have little tiny micro-holes in them. They have to, as those controlled barriers of exchange allow the living tissue to, well, continue living. That means they make garbage barriers against any infectious disease, so you might keep the sperm away from the egg, but you will not keep the infection from the person. Sorry, Charlie.
Debby: Natural “skin” condoms are not exactly coming back as far as I have heard or seen, although they have long been available. They do not offer STI protection but do greatly reduce the risk of pregnancy, so that’s a major factor in terms of people’s interest in using them or not. If preventing pregnancy is your only concern or you want to double up your pregnancy protection (condoms plus the pill, for example), they’re certainly an option. If you’d like to reduce your STI risk, however, go with regular condoms and skip the skin.