- Fertility & Reproductive Systems
Latex Free Condoms
If you're old enough to know how the birds and bees really work, you're (hopefully) familiar with condoms; if not personally, then at least with the concept. Sadly, one of the facts most educators (parental or scholastic) are unfamiliar with -- thereby leave out -- is one of the most serious for a select few; the issue of latex allergies. 10 years ago, latex allergies were something even most physicians were clueless about in terms of severity; the allergy simply wasn't common enough. So, if you were someone who had a proper latex allergy, you pretty much had to suffer until you figured out what the hell was wrong with you. Fortunately for me, I discovered my allergy via latex gloves while working in the medical field. Had I not, I'd probably still think condoms were the tool of Satan. So today we're going to talk about latex allergies and how to know whether or not you might have one.
Latex Condoms BURN
I can't speak from the perspective of a man, but if you're a woman with a latex allergy, sex is going to hurt when your partner is wearing one. More specifically, it's going to burn like the fires of hell. And it's going to get worse with each passing minute. If you're new to the whole birds and bees thing, you may even start to wonder what the fuss is all about, cos there won't be much to write home about when it's done, apart from whinging about how bad it was.
Allergies Get Worse, Not Better
Don't make the mistake of thinking you'll just get used to it. You won't. In fact, it will only get worse. To give you an example, when I was in university, I had 2 full days of clinical rotation each week. During those days I probably changed latex gloves 4 times per hour, for 6-9 hours a day. My allergy first manifested physically in the form of a red rash that would go away by the time I got home. This rash got worse each time it appeared. After a few months that rash started bleeding, and the time it would take to heal could span days. By the time I realized what was happening, I could touch latex and start bleeding within just a few minutes. That's not something you want happening to your best bits.
Non-Latex Condoms Are Lovely
Polyurethane condoms are fabulous on several levels. Firstly, they protect against STDs so you're all good there. Secondly, they don't smell as bizarrely as latex can. And thirdly -- most importantly, really! -- they transmit heat far better than their latex counterparts. You can figure out why that's good, right?