Are you a for-profit or a non-profit?
L. is a for-profit company with a core mission of creating sustainable social impact. Our model allows us to partner with grassroots non-profits to distribute condoms where they are needed most while giving consumers the option to do good in their day to day lives.
Do you work with other organizations to fulfill 1:1?
Yes – key to making one for one possible are our partnerships with nonprofit orginizations. L. has been given the privilege to work with Direct Relief International, which has over 60 years experience in providing medical assistance throughout the world. We are also cultivating partnerships with smaller grassroots non-profits focused on women’s empowerment, AIDS prevention and education. If your organization is interested in partnering with L., please contact us.
You think condom, you think sex. You may think protection and sexual empowerment. L. supports all of these ideas. But there’s more to it. Increasingly, women are the face of AIDS in Africa as they are disproportionately affected at a young age. Females between the ages of 15-24 are two times more likely to be living with HIV then males. Condom usage can stop the cycle of HIV transmission that too often leaves women isolated from their families and communities. Condoms also provide women with better quality of life – a simple yet effective birth control that allows women to practice birth spacing, which directly reduces rates of infant and maternal mortality. It also frees up time and resources to raise a happy and healthy family and to pursue education and career ambitions. At L., we see women as powerful agents of change and development. It is part of the reason we support women leaders in Africa who will assist us in fulfilling our one for one mission. A largely untapped resource in Africa, women have the unique ability to organize peer-to-peer networks and innovative outreach programs as well as the skills to strengthen and lead the global AIDS crisis.
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About the Product
Where is the manufacturing plant?
L. manufactures our condoms in Malaysia. We require that the factories operate under sound labor conditions, pay fair wages, and follow local labor standards.
How are L. brand condoms manufactured?
L. condoms are manufactured according to FDA standards, ensuring that quality and safety are of the utmost concerns.
A quality control team monitors every step of the manufacturing process.
Quality Control specialists take samples of raw latex and test them based on strict specifications. Once the vulcanizing process is finished, they conduct tests again. See Step #1 for details about the vulcanizing process.
Quality Control technicians then monitor and collect condom samples hourly during the dripping process. The samples are carefully recorded with lot numbers and undergo a number of tests in the lab. Should any samples from any batch prove to be below standards, they are to be rejected and destroyed.
Condoms are then dried, coated with a non-stick agent and tested for any potential for an air burst break, for its volume properties, and for any water leakage. We only permit those lots that pass all required testing to be processed further. All remaining lots that fail any test are rejected and destroyed.
Once the electronic testing process is complete, the condoms are ready for final testing and Quality Control acceptance. All lots undergo tests to ensure air burst pressure and volume meet standards, proper seal on the foil exists, and that all labeling, expiration dating and lubricant weights and type are correct. Those lots that pass all of these requirements are the only lots released for sale by Quality Control. Remaining lots are destroyed.
Below is a brief description of how L. condoms are made for you.
Step #1: Vulcanization to build strength
Vulcanization is the process to compound raw latex, providing the latex strength and elasticity. The liquid latex compound in then stored in stainless steel tanks.
Step #2: Dip and formation
Clean glass molds are dipped into the latex bath and then cured in an oven at 175 º Fahrenheit. The glass molds are then given a hot-water bath. Condoms are removed from the molds by rotating brushes.
Step #3: Drying
The condoms are then dried in batches in large dryers for two hours.
Step #4: Electronic testing
Electronic testing machines ensure that every L. condom is up to rigorous standards. Each condom goes into a water solution charged with an electric current. Should a current pass through the condom, we will know that there is a hole in the condom and this condom will be thrown away.
Step #5: Foiled
Only the condoms that successfully pass the electronic testing are individually sealed in foils, tagged with a lot number and expiration date.
How do I use a condom?
There are many resources that can guide you through answering this important question. At L. we put your safety first, so please take note of the instructions below, an instructional guide is also provided in every L. package.
Latex condoms are intended to prevent pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, and other sexually transmitted infections. Latex condoms reduce the risk of transmitting STIs by providing a barrier against the source of the infection. However, they do not completely eliminate the risks of pregnancy and STIs. For additional information on condoms, STI and pregnancy protection, or if you believe you have an STI, contact a health care provider or public health agency.
1. Use a new condom for every sex act. Lesions, pre-ejaculate secretions, semen, vaginal secretions and blood can all transmit infectious organisms.
2. Carefully tear open the package. Do not use fingernails, teeth, scissors or anything that can damage the condom.
3. Prior to any sexual contact, place the condom on the head of the erect penis. Make sure that the rolled-up ring is on the outside. Leave space at tip to hold semen when you ejaculate.
4. Squeeze the tip gently so no air is trapped inside. Hold the tip while you unroll the condom all the way to the base of the erect penis. If the condom doesn’t unroll, it may be on backwards, damaged or too old. Throw it away and start over with a new condom.
5. Immediately after ejaculation, hold the condom in place and withdraw the penis while it is still erect. Avoid spilling semen.
6. Throw away a used condom by wrapping it in tissue and throwing it in the trash. Wash your hands and genitals and surrounding areas with soap and water.
This Product Contains Natural Rubber Which May Cause Allergic Reactions.
For additional lubrication, use a water-based lubricant. DO NOT USE OIL-BASED LUBRICANTS, such as those made with petroleum jelly (e.g. Vaseline ®), mineral oil, vegetable oil, or cold cream, as these may damage the condom. Avoid contact with talcum/baby powder because it may contain oil.
If a female partner is using vaginal products for medical treatment purposes, the condoms may be weakened and their effectiveness may be reduced.
Do not re-use condoms. Use a new condom for every sex act.
If the rubber material is sticky or brittle or obviously damaged, do not use the condom.
If the color is uneven or changed, do not use the condom.
Wash hands as well as your privates – before and after sex.
Keep unused condoms in their packs in a cool, dry place (not in a wallet).
For Directions for Use and Important Information, click here
There’s an expiration date and a group of numbers on the foil package of my condoms. What does that all mean?
How to read:
The expiration date in this case is August 2014. The first two letters represent the manufacturing plant. The first digit represents the year the condom was manufactured. The next three digits represent the day of the year the condom was manufactured. Remaining letters or numbers represent the dip line, foiling line, and the testing line. In the example above, the condom was produced on the 128th day of 2010.
Where can I find out which L. condom is right for me? Check out our Shop page where you will find a complete listing of our condoms.
Where can I find more information about the company?
At LovebeginswithL.com, specifically the “Our Movement”, “Behind the Product”, and “About Us” pages.
How efficient are condoms? Clinical trials have shown that if used correctly and consistently, latex condoms result in contraceptive efficacy rates of 95-98%.
Plus, other clinical studies confirm that high quality latex condoms – when used correctly and consistently – are a very effective barrier to the transmission of HIV, other sexually transmitted infections and also unplanned pregnancies.
What percentage of condoms is broken during use? Research in the USA confirms low rates of slippage and breakage – both in the range of 0.4% to 2.3%.
What is an STD?
STD or Sexually Transmitted Diseases are diseases that are passed on through body fluids such as semen, vaginal fluids, and blood during vaginal, anal or oral sex. Latex condoms act as a barrier to prevent these fluids from being exchanged.
Am I at risk for STDs?
You are at risk if you are sexually active. Even for those in a long-term, monogamous relationship are at risk for STDs. L. would like to remind you that when you have sex with someone, you are exposed to those they have had sex with before you.
What can I do to protect myself from STDs?
The only way to be 100% safe from STDs and HIV/AIDS is to avoid all sexual activities. If you are going to have sex, the correct and consistent use of latex condoms can help protect you from many STDs including HIV/AIDS. Your partner may have an STD and not even know it. Using condoms is the best way to protect yourself.
Why should I use a condom?
Condoms are to protect yourself and your health. Excluding abstinence, the use of latex condoms is the best protection against the AIDS virus and other STDs.
Are condoms reusable? No, condoms are never reusable.
I have some condoms that have expired according to the package. Can I use them? No, do not use condoms that have expired according to the package.
Is it okay to store condoms in my wallet? To prevent damage to your condoms, they should not be stored in your wallet. Unused condoms should be stored in their packs, in a cool dry place.
Can condoms be used with massage oil, baby oil, petroleum jelly, etc.?
No, condoms can be destroyed by such oils.
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What forms of payment does L. accept?
L. accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, all currently through PayPal. PLEASE NOTE that we only accept one form of payment per order.
Did my order go through?
After your order is submitted you will be directed back to the L. homepage. If you are at the L. homepage, you can be assured that your order was successful and will be processed. You will also receive an email confirmation shortly after your order is submitted.
Can I cancel an order once it has been placed?To facilitate getting orders to customers as soon as possible, an order cannot be cancelled or modified once it is placed. Please note that a fee will be assessed should you change a shipping address once the order has been submitted for processing.
How much does shipping and handling cost?
Shipping costs vary with every order. Shipping options and the corresponding costs will be calculated during checkout.
What is your exchange/return policy?
L. accepts exchanges and returns within 30 days of receipt of your order. We can only exchange/return unworn products purchased from LovebeginswithL.com. We do not refund or reimburse shipping charges. Any merchandise from “Wear” that is considered to be worn upon return, will result in a $10 re-stock fee.
Do I have to pay to ship merchandise back to you?
Customers are responsible for shipping all exchange or return merchandise. We do not offer return shipping labels but we will cover the shipping back to you on an exchange.