Skins: condoms made from sheep intestine

This might be one of the weirdest things out there, but people rave about these condoms. The reviews are outstanding, and if you are an aficionado of sex (and not a vegan) these condoms seem to be a very popular and good option, albeit an expensive one.

These condoms are definitely not for everyone, but what a revolution in condoms! It’s the kind of thing you wish you’d thought of: everyone wants the feeling of real skin.

Well, now you have it. These condoms are made from sheep intestine, which really sounds so gross, but they really do feel like there is nothing there, for the most part.

The only major problem with them is that they do not protect against STIs, but if this isn’t a concern, they provide an excellent option for natural-feeling sex and pregnancy protection.

These condoms were used back in ancient times due to a lack of synthetic materials, but they have not been widely used or available globally, until now where you can buy them online and have them delivered. The only manufacturer of these condoms appears to be Trojan. It is literally made of skin, so it feels like skin.

Benefits of condoms made from sheep intestine:

  • Feels like real skin, including easily transmitting body heat
  • The vagina stays moist
  • They are more flexible for more penis sizes
  • They are thin, but strong
  • You can feel the skin with the sex, which adds to the pleasure, but makes it seamless
  • Men and women love them equally
  • A viable option for hormone-less birth control that doesn’t change sex
  • Biodegradable
  • Oil-based lubricant is fine to use
  • Hypo-allergenic (latex-free)

Flaws in condoms made from sheep intestine:

  • They cost a lot more than regular condoms, at about $5 per condom
  • They smell a bit funny and are slimy (but you’ll get used to it, they tell me)
  • People describe them as being ‘gross’, but still love them anyway
  • You have to take it off quickly after you’ve finished, or it can dry out and stick to skin
  • Do not protect against STIs because the tiny pores in the skin are big enough for tiny viruses to get through, but not somewhat larger sperm
  • No good for sleeping around
  • They only come in one size

Why condoms made from sheep intestine don’t protect against STIs

While there is actually no scientific evidence that skins do not protect against STIs, this is an assumption based on the fact that intestines are permeable, and therefore it is possible for a virus to pass through – and some evidence that they do.

In the early 90s the FDA recalled these condoms because people were contracting HIV while using the condoms, because they were not adequately labelled.  

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Jessica Lloyd - Vulvovaginal Specialist Naturopathic Practitioner, BHSc(N)

Jessica is a degree-qualified naturopath (BHSc) specialising in vulvovaginal health and disease, based in Melbourne, Australia.

Jessica is the owner and lead naturopath of My Vagina, and is a member of the:

  • International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease (ISSVD)
  • International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health (ISSWSH)
  • National Vulvodynia Association (NVA) Australia
  • New Zealand Vulvovaginal Society (ANZVS)
  • Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS)