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I am from India and there is no availability of vegan condom. I am a hardcore practitioner of sustainable living and don't wanted to create waste with single-use condom which is definitely resulting in some environmental issues. Getting a solution, I shall definitely spread the word in public.

Is there any alternative? I cannot find any solution.

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  • See also Veganism & Vegetarianism (and veganism) SE.
    – gerrit
    Jul 6, 2017 at 11:01
  • Are you specifically looking for a barrier method? If so the options appear to be rare and expensive. Natural Family Planning (NFP) is the obvious answer but it's difficult for some people. A vasectomy is the other obvious answer, but you need to be quite commited to a low-impact lifestyle for that (I am, I did, it's great)
    – Móż
    May 20, 2021 at 5:11
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    @Móż a vasectomy won't work for someone who still wants to have kids at some point down the road, but isn't ready yet, right? Then again, those 100% committed to sustainable living shouldn't consider children at all, due to their environmental impact :)
    – WhatHiFi
    Sep 4, 2021 at 14:25
  • @WhatHiFi I was asking what the requirements are other than "like a condom, but ecofriendly", the OP doesn't actually even mention that they're for contraception.
    – Móż
    Sep 9, 2021 at 4:40

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There is something called Reversible inhibition of sperm under guidance (RISUG, see Wikipedia page for more details) which is alternative to a condom which is 100% eco friendly.

In short, it a one time operation that "sterilize" the sperm, making it uncapable of reaching the egg or impregnating it.

Sadly, it's available only in India at this point, and not yet approved in other places, though approval process is undergoing, slowly.

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  • Welcome to Sustainable Living SE! Interesting option, at first I thought it looked similar to a vasectomy so it would be very difficult to undo, but then I read that "The contraceptive action appears to be completely reversible ...".
    – THelper
    May 18, 2021 at 14:56
  • @THelper indeed, same here. If it wasn't undoable, I wouldn't have posted it, as it's hardly a condom alternative. :-) May 18, 2021 at 15:38
  • Hope it reaches general public faster!
    – PD Pro
    May 19, 2021 at 17:21
  • @PDPro not 100% sure, but it might already be available in India, worth asking your doctor about it. May 20, 2021 at 6:01
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    The RISUG technology is known as Vasalgel in the West, and has been under some long-term studies for a while. Also, it doesn't so much 'sterilize' the sperm as shred them, IIRC. And yes, at least according to studies done on animals, it was completely reversible.
    – Robotnik
    May 18 at 11:08
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There's another completely natural and sustainable and reusable alternative, although NOT vegan. Its the lambskin condom, made from lamb's intestines.

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  • Oh, that's right. I just studied about it and it is surely a biodegradable option. However it seems a costly option!!!
    – PD Pro
    Sep 19, 2017 at 5:29
  • Lamb intestines??? Are you sure this is safe?
    – Pacerier
    Apr 7, 2018 at 7:47
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    Safe? Yes, in both senses. 1) a properly made and maintained lambskin condom will seal against semen. 2) It poses no threat to the wearer of the device.
    – Conor
    Apr 9, 2018 at 16:08

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