Since I reviewed both Lifestyles Skyn and Durex Avanti Bare, two varieties of polyisoprene condoms, several of my readers were curious about this topic. A lot of people find the idea of using oils like olive oil or coconut oil as sexual lubricants appealing — they are thick, long-lasting, and natural; there are even some commercial blends out there sold for use on the body.
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Polyisoprene Condoms and Lube. Polyisoprene condoms are are made from isoprene rubber, the same material that makes up a majority of natural rubber products. These condoms are similar hold up to the different types of lubricants similarly to latex condoms. Oil-based lubes should not be used with polyisoprene condoms. Water-based Lubricant:
Lubricants: You can safely use both water and silicone-based lubricants with polyisoprene condoms. You should not use oil-based lubricants. Just like latex condoms, oil-based products can break down the condom and increase the risk of breakage of polyisoprene condoms.
You can get lube at most drug stores, online and for free at many community health clinics, including the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center. If you’re using non-latex condoms, keep in mind that polyisoprene reacts to oil-based lubes in the same way latex does. Polyurethane condoms, however, are totally safe to use with oil-based lubes.
If it’s polyisoprene, a synthetic rubber then you also want to avoid using oil-based lubricants as polyisoprene reacts with oil in the same way that natural latex does, it begins to break down. If you’re using condoms made from polyisoprene, another synthetic material, then you need to use a water-based or silicone-based lubricant.
Keep in mind: “Polyisoprene shouldn’t be used with oil-based lubricants, as polyisoprene is degraded by oil,” says Dr. Jackie. Animal skin condoms are another alternative to latex.