Allergy to Latex

  • Sansa Stark

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    Latex allergies don't seem to be too common, but they're real and they affect some of us. Although not exactly crippling on a day-to-day basis, they can affect a very important part of our lives: our sex life.
    As you know, most condoms are made with latex so if you suffer from an allergic reaction to this material, protected sex could become a problem.

    Is anyone allergic to latex? What do you replace latex condoms with? Do you find it to be a serious problem in your life or just a minor annoyance?
    January 22nd, 2015 at 06:47pm
  • Acrossthegalaxy

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    I think I am allergic to latex, I get either a tingly or an itchy feeling when I've been in contact with it so I try to avoid it(using vinyl gloves ect). When it comes to condoms, I have done my research and they do make latex free condoms but I don't know what they're exactly made of or haven't tried them.
    January 23rd, 2015 at 11:31pm
  • FuckNo

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    Okay so, I don't have a latex allergy, but I have taken a class in human sexuality and we did cover condoms at least a little bit. So this is the information I have from that. Fair warning, I'm not an expert, but from what I understand, there are three basic 'types' of condoms if we're not going to include other design aspects (like, whether they're lubricated or not or whether they come with a 'reservoir tip').

    Latex are going to be the most frequent condoms you see and they do protect against both pregnancy and most STI's.

    Natural membrane ('lambskin') condoms, for a very long time, were the second and only other option to latex. However these condoms only protect against pregnancy. Due to their porous nature, they may allow disease-causing viruses to pass through much more than latex would.

    Final type is polyurethane which does protect against both pregnancy and STI's. These condoms can also be used with oil-based lubricants, while latex condoms should not be.
    January 24th, 2015 at 06:49am
  • bucky.

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    I found out the hard way I'm allergic to latex and polyurethane Sad I got horrifically sick not last summer, but the summer before after a UTI went untreated and resulted in a recurrent kidney infection Sad No one seemed to consider that latex or polyurethane condoms might be having an effect on my health, until a nurse in an emergency clinic suggested I get tested for the allergies. Unfortunately, that idea was swept under the rug in favour of actually treating the infection, and I completely forgot about it...

    Then the other day, I was doing a photoshoot for a web series, and we used liquid latex on my face and neck for SFX make up. As soon as I took it off, the make up artist looked horrified, and immediately recognised it as an allergic reaction. So one doctors trip later, it's confirmed I am indeed allergic to it! I've been told never to play with liquid latex again, because it's a progressive allergy... So it'll only get worse the more you're exposed to it.

    Luckily, I've been in a committed relationship for going on three years, so we kinda made the decision together to get tested, stop using condoms, and I went on the implant Cute But yeah, I will NEVER be going anywhere near latex again!
    March 18th, 2015 at 03:06am