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Against pregnancy, I think all kinds of condoms are equally effective. The lambskin ones have microscopic holes (natural to the lambskin itself) that's large enough to let viruses through (STDs) but too small to let sperm through. If you're looking for STD protection, you'll want latex or polyurithane.
The polyurithane ones aren't as stretchy and can be a bit harder for him to put on. They also don't come in the same range of sizes (which means that if you need to purchase trojan magnums, the polyurithane ones aren't really going to work.) Or, at least, they didn't come in any sizes other than "one size fits most" when I last used condoms- that might have changed by now.
If you're looking for contraception within a mutually monogomous relationship, you hae a few more options: besides the different kinds of condoms, you could use NFP/FAM(watching your fertility signs and avoiding sexual contact during your fertile time/using a barrier method ONLY during fertile times.) You could get a diaphram, cervical cap, or contraceptive sponge. I know the sponge is latex-free, but I'm not sure if diaphrams or cervical caps are available in latex-free versions. You could use a spermicide by itself (if the spermicide isn't what's causing the irritation).
You could also look into something like an IUD or oral contraceptive, but honestly I'm uncomfortable with anything that messes up your internal biology, especially when you've just had a baby. Oral contraceptives can interfere with your milk supply.
Ruth, single mommy to 3 quasi-adults