The Rubber That Isn’t
Thanks in large part to the tepid global economy, very little in the way of breakthrough condom technology has reached the marketplace in recent years. Two arguable exceptions: the Skyn condom, sold by LifeStyles (available at local retailers) and the Avanti Bare (available at wantitall.co.za) sold by Durex. Both are made from polyisoprene, a new synthetic material that not only addresses the problem of latex allergies, but also lacks the smell and bitter taste of regular rubbers. Polyurethane condoms already offer these benefits; however, polyisoprene is said to be softer and stretchier, making it less likely to slip off or break during sex. Give polyisoprene a try – “The important thing is to find the condom, regardless of what material it’s made from, that you and your partner like the best,” says sex researcher Dr Richard Crosby.