L. MOVEMENT

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.

Why women?

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.

GET INVOLVED

How can I be an intern?

Check out our Internship forms. We’d love to hear about your interest and experience!

How can I promote L. on my campus?

Check out our Students for Students to join the Student movement for L.

ABOUT THE PRODUCT

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, tested for any potential air burst break, for volume properties, and for any leakage. Only those lots that pass all required testing can be processed further. 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 is 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. If a current passes through a condom, there is a hole in the condom and that condom is 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?

For Directions for Use and Important Information, click here.

To find out more detailed information, the CDC has detailed information.

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 thisisL.com, specifically the Our Movement, Behind the Package, 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.

How much does shipping and handling cost?

Shipping of L.'s monthly packs are free of charge. Shipping of L.'s individual 12 packs varies 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.