When it comes to living life as a vegan, things have definitely gotten a lot easier and these days veganism is pretty common. In fact, its gone mainstream and with that businesses are fighting to appeal to this new market, offering vegan friendly foods, toiletries and clothing.
If you are a vegan, then it is understandably going to be one of your condoms purchasing considerations and its definitely something that you are going to want to consider.
In today’s blog post, we are going to offer a beginning to end guide on exactly why vegans have to be careful in choosing condoms and how other suitable options can be found.
Why does it even matter?
For those who are not clued up on the vegan way of life, it’s best that we start by briefly clarifying exactly what it is and why it would matter in relation to purchasing condoms. Put simply, vegans attempt to adopt a way of life that limits the impact that humans have on the planet. They aim to do this in several different ways from not eating meat or consuming diary to opting for toiletries that avoid using plastic or other harmful materials. It’s an ethical and sustainable lifestyle that places these principles at the heart of its everyday decisions.
Ok, great, I’m sure you’re nodding along and wondering how the heck this relates to condoms?
Most condoms are made from latex and this is often processed using casein, a substance which is derived from milk. As vegans opt to avoid consuming animal products or any kind of dairy, this is probably going to be a concern.
Are there alternatives?
As one of the most reliable forms of contraception and the only one that offers protection from pregnancy and STDs, of course vegans are going to want to find an appropriate alternative.
The good news is, there are now an increasing number of vegan condoms on the market, although they are still a little bit difficult to find on the traditional high-street. However, there are a number of manufacturers that do not use casein in the production of their condoms.
As a result, there are a wealth of options available online, you just have to take the time to research them and they are no more expensive than traditional, standard condoms.
Can vegan condoms be used in the same way as non-vegan condoms?
Yes. There is absolutely no reason why you can’t use vegan condoms in the same way that you use other, standard options. That means that they can be used for all kind of sexual activities.
In fact, they should be treated in much the same way, and lube should also be used with them, just make sure that you purchase a lubricant that can be used with them.
On that note, it is also possible to purchase vegan lubricants but be careful to avoid oil based vegan lubricants.
So, whether you are a vegan or not, most condom retailers now cater for a wide range of people with almost every need now being adequately net. But, if you are a vegan, there are plenty of choices out there which will help you to maintain your principles in as many areas of your life as you can.