If you or your partner are allergic to latex, don't fret! There are plenty of options for safe and satisfying sex. A latex allergy is not the same as a sensitivity. Symptoms include, burning, itching, redness, swelling, and can lead to serious allergic reactions. So, it's important to know about some non-latex alternatives to protect against both pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
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One option is polyurethane condoms, which are made from a type of plastic and do not contain latex. These condoms are just as effective as latex condoms in preventing pregnancy and STIs, and they're widely available at most drugstores. Another alternative is polyisoprene condoms, which are also made from a type of plastic safe for those with a latex allergy.
Or, a third option is internal condoms! Also known as female condoms, they are made from nitrile, a material less likely to cause allergic reactions than latex. They are worn inside the vagina or anus during sex and provide additional protection against STIs.
If you're not sure about your allergy or sensitivity to latex, it can be helpful to try different types of condoms and see which one works best for you. It's also recommended you talk to your doctor or a pharmacist for more information and advice on non-latex options.
In conclusion, a latex allergy shouldn't stop you from having safe and enjoyable sex! There are a variety of non-latex barrier options available, like polyurethane, polyisoprene and internal condoms, that can provide protection against pregnancy and STIs.
And remember, it's always best to have a conversation with your partner and doctor to find the right options for you.
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