Although rare, many people do suffer from an allergic reaction to latex condoms or spermicidal lubricants, which can result in mild to severe symptoms. In rare cases, these allergies can result in death due to anaphylaxis. Condoms, however, provide both partners from unwanted pregnancy and the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases, such as HIV.
Condom manufacturers have developed numerous hypoallergenic condoms, which entail the same benefits as latex condoms but without the harsh side effects.
People with an allergy to spermicidal lubricants have the most options. Simply, they avoid condoms with spermicidal lubricants. Although these types of condoms do help prevent pregnancy at a higher rate by killing sperm that might escape due to spillage, they make up a minority sector of the market.
For the most part, the typical condom used in a male and female sexual encounter does not have spermicide. In fact, people can still use lubricated condoms that do not contain the chemical nonoxynol-9. People with a latex allergy have fewer options.
Despite a latex allergy, partners can benefit from the use of condoms by choosing non-latex options, which many companies design and construct from animal products, such as lambskin, or synthetic products, such as polyurethane.
Lambskin condoms, which condom companies have manufactured out of lamb intestines, do not completely protect either partner from the transmission of STIs. They also tend to slip and break more than latex condoms. However, people with an allergy to latex condoms do not have much choice, and the research indicates they have much better odds of prevent pregnancy and disease from using these condoms than not using one at all.
Men should keep a variety of condoms with them. They might not have an allergy, but they might encounter a partner that does. All of the major condom manufacturers have hypoallergenic options, so it should not inconvenience anyone.
Trojan, for example, sells the Trojan Bareskin SUPRA, which they have developed out of polyurethane. They also have their Naturalamb condoms, which they have made from lamb skin. They recommend these products for monogamous couples because of the decreased protection they offer against sexually transmitted diseases.
Durex manufactures and sells the Avanti Bare RealFeel condoms made of polyisoprene, which they market as the first non-allergenic latex condom. With these condoms, couples can have the benefits of latex condoms but without the risks.
Lifestyles also offers a hypoallergenic condom option – Lifestyles SKYN condom made out of polyisoprene. It comes in two sizes – regular (53mm condom width) and large (56mm condom width).
All of the above mentioned options are regular male condoms, but did you know that a female condom FC2 is also a good choice for people with latex allergy? It is made out of synthetic nitrile so it’s 100% latex-free. What’s special about this condom is that it can be used by couples whatever the penis size. So no matter whether you usually use a small, regular or large male condom, you can practice safe sex with FC2 female condom without worrying if it will fit.
People with latex and nonoxynol-9 allergies have many options in the condom marketplace. Upon discovering the source of their allergic reaction, they can choose a condom that will work to enjoy safe and pleasure sexual experiences without ill effects.