latex allergy, condom allergy

I am allergic to condoms, what to do?

A lot of people are allergic to latex, which is the most common material used by most condom brands for making condoms. If that applies to you or your partner, look for ones made of nitrile or other materials. Find your best condoms!

There are so many condom brands available in the market. Have you found your best condoms?

Latex condoms are best at preventing pregnancy and protecting against STDs. But if you’re allergic to latex, you can use condoms made of polyurethane or lambskin. Polyurethane is the best option after latex. These condoms are slightly thinner and more expensive. One advantage is that you can feel your partner's warmth through them more easily. This can make sex feel more intimate.

Polyurethane condoms prevent pregnancy and protect against STDs about as well as latex ones. But because they are thinner, they’re slightly more likely to break and slip off during sex than latex condoms.

Lambskin condoms only prevent pregnancy. They won't protect you against STDs. 

The most common and mildest type of allergic reaction is dryness and itchiness. The worst forms range from a serious rash to a life-threatening shock reaction. Check on the pack of the condom brands for the details of the material used. A little trial of various option can give you your best condoms. 

Spermicide lubricated condoms

Spermicide lubricated condoms contain a chemical called nonoxynol-9. This kills sperm - or at least, it stops them moving.

Some people who use condoms lubricated with spermicide find they cause redness, itching or irritation. Women are more likely to get side effects from spermicide. It can also make them more likely to get get urinary tract infections.

If your only option is to use a lubricated condom or not to use a condom, it’s still much safer to use the condom. Find you best condoms now! 

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