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FAQs

How long has Sir Richard's been around?

Sir Richard's was founded in 2009 by a team of socially conscious entrepreneurs and designers, and launched into the marketplace in January 2011.

What is Sir Richard’s all about?

Launched in 2009, Sir Richard’s Condom Company is the leading manufacturer of premium condoms that are free of harmful chemicals (parabens, spermicide, or glycerin) and PETA-approved and vegan-certified. The company was founded on the principle that the power of business can help bring health and pleasure to the global community, and its “Buy One, Give One” social responsibility program supports that mission. The company also is a proud partner of (RED). Sir Richard’s condoms are available at SirRichards.com and fine retailers nationwide, including CVS, Kroger stores, Whole Foods Market, and other natural products stores.

What does Sir Richard’s Stand For?

We believe the power of business can help bring health and pleasure to the global community. There is a huge condom shortage that is leaving millions of people susceptible to some of the world's most preventable diseases. Sir Richard’s helps address this gap. For every condom you purchase, you contribute one to a community in need.

      • Some 215 million women who would like to delay childbearing still have no access to contraception. Many of them live in the poorest countries where governments are having trouble building schools and health systems for their rapidly growing populations. (UNFPA)
      • Four in 10 of the 186 million pregnancies that occur in developing countries each year are unintended, meaning they were unwanted or were not wanted at the time. Women who lack access to effective contraception account for 82% of all unintended pregnancies. (UNFPA)
      • According to UNAIDS, nearly 13 billion condoms would be needed by 2015 to help halt the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections worldwide. The reality falls short. In 2008, 2.4 billion male condoms were provided by UNFPA, USAID and other donors.
      • The number of people living with HIV worldwide has continued to grow, reaching 33.4 million in 2008. In the same year 2.7 million new HIV infections occurred, almost half (45%) among people younger than 25 years. (UNAIDS, WHO: HIV epidemic update. Geneva 2009.)
      • Estimated amount spent on integrated condom programming in 2000 was $226M, and in 2008 was $92M, which represents a 60% decline. (UNFPA, NIDI database)
      • Similarly, less than 40% of young people in developing countries are estimated to have basic information about AIDS and HIV prevention. (UNAIDS, WHO: HIV epidemic update. Geneva 2009.)

Why condoms?

The latex condom is the single most effective, available technology to reduce the sexual transmission of HIV/AIDS*, STIs, and unintended pregnancy.

Are Sir Richard's condoms approved by the FDA?

Yes. All condoms that are sold in the U.S. have to meet or exceed FDA requirements, which means they are 98% effective when used correctly.

How are Sir Richard's condoms different from other condoms?

Sir Richard’s makes the world’s finest condoms. Each of our all-natural latex condoms with silicone lubricant is free of fillers, glycerin, parabens, spermicide and petrochemicals. They are Vegan-certified, PETA-approved with minimal latex odor.

Does Sir Richard's offer a non-latex option?

No. Sir Richard's does not currently offer non-latex option. First, lambskin or sheepskin condoms are inferior in that they do not prevent the transmission of STIs. Second, we have not produced a polyurethane or polyisporene option to date. Latex alternatives have higher breakage rates and shorter shelf life.

“I’m allergic to latex.” Can I use Sir Richard’s?

Research shows that less than 1% of the US population is actually allergic to latex. We have found that many who have had reactions to latex condoms in the past are actually reacting to the fillers and chemicals that other condom companies use in their latex condoms. We use all-natural latex without fillers to help reduce adverse reactions.

Does Sir Richard's contain other ingredients and why are they used?

Sir Richard's condoms contain trace amounts of key stabilizers, specifically corn starch, magnesium carbonate, and ammonia. Here's why these ingredients matter: Corn starch: helps keep the latex from sticking to itself and make it easier to unroll. Magnesium carbonate: improves the tensile strength of the natural-latex rubber Ammonia: prevents coagulation and kills unnecessary bacteria.

Tell me more about harmful ingredients that are found in conventional condoms and lubricant and the associated risks?

The U.S. FDA recently released new labeling requirements for spermicidal lubricants requiring disclosure of the increased risk of getting HIV or other STIs from an infected partner. Studies also indicate that the use of spermicide can increase vaginal irritation. Furthermore, parabens are chemical preservatives that can interfere with the endocrine (or hormone) system, which includes your ovaries, hypothalamus and thyroid.

Can a condom really be vegan-certified?

Yes. Our condoms are vegan-certified due to the fact that we do not use the dairy product casein (or any animal product) in our manufacturing process. In March 2012 we received our vegan certification from the AVA (American Vegetarian Association).

Why is Sir Richard's PETA-approved?

Sir Richard's is deeply committed to supporting and promoting the highest environmental, labor, human and animal rights standards and stewardship available today. Reflecting that commitment, in August 2012, Sir Richard's supplied PETA with all information needed to meet their rigorous standards. PETA approved Sir Richard's as cruelty-free, listing the company among many that do not test on animals. Moreover, Sir Richard's is committed to never conducting or commissioning animal testing on the ingredients and formulations of our products, now or in the future.

Are Sir Richard's manufactured in the United States?

No. Sir Richard's are manufactured in Malaysia close to a high concentration of the source rubber trees.

What is the best way to store condoms?

Store condoms in a cool (not cold), dry place. Condoms should NOT be stored in excess of 100 degrees or below 32 degrees Farenheit. Don't store in direct sunlight, your car, or your wallet as this can compromise the effectiveness.

Is it true that you shouldn't use oil as lubricant with latex condoms?

Yes. Only use silicone or water-based lubricants with latex condoms. Latex condoms become less elastic and can tear or slip off more easily after coming into contact with oils.

How should I dispose of condoms?

It is best to throw condoms away in the trash. Additionally, it is strongly recommended that you not flush condoms down the toilet because they will either end up in the septic tank, at the water treatment facility, or in our waterways where they take a long time to break down.

Where can I find Sir Richard's in my neighborhood?

You can find Sir Richard's at national retailers, including CVS Pharmacy, Kroger Stores, and Whole Foods Market. You’ll also find us at Harmons, Earth Fare, PCC, National Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Priscilla McCalls, Mother's Markets, Central Markets, Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy, New Leaf Community Markets, as well as thousands of independent grocers, pharmacies, and boutiques. Additionally, we are available fine hotels such as Thompson Hotels, Kimpton Hotels, ACE Hotels, Wynn, and other boutique and luxury properties.

If I make an order on Sir Richard's online store, when will I receive my package?

You can plan to receive an email confirmation that your order was placed, with your (discreet) delivery arriving in 3 - 5 business days. *International orders may take longer.

Are Sir Richard's products delivered in discreet packaging?

Yes. Your order will arrive in discreet packaging, with the return address reading as from “Lady Lucy."

What are the sizes and dimensions of the different Sir Richard’s condom styles?

You’ll find out more about our condom sizes here. And below you’ll find our handy sizing chart for all of our condom styles.