Skip navigation! Story from Sex. When you're getting hot and heavy with a new partner and reach for some protection, you're probably not worrying about a condom allergy. And they can make having safer sex a serious pain. If, after sex, you notice a rash or burning and itching sensation on your genitals, you may be experiencing a mild latex allergy. As Jonathan Schaffir, MD, tells Self , people with vaginas tend to notice the reaction within a day of having penetrative sex, and it goes away within four days.
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How Do You Know If You're Allergic To Latex Condoms? Here's What You Need To Know
Since we opened our doors way back in we have constantly had the latex allergy question asked. Men and women both have complained that condoms make them itchy, irritated or even sick in extreme cases. All I can say is if you think you might be allergic, you should probably see your doctor to know for sure. In the meantime You should definitely stay away from latex condoms. If you are worried, there are many alternatives and non latex condoms on the market that you can use instead of latex.
But your vaginal flora might not actually be to blame. If you use condoms and are experiencing the aforementioned symptoms you, like 4 percent of the general population , may have a latex allergy. Latex sensitivity comes in three flavors : life-threatening, misunderstood, and bearable. The first, Type 1, is a true allergy to the protein found in rubber trees that latex is made from.
Believe it or not, a latex condom allergy is a thing. Latex allergies are only thought to affect around 1 percent of the general population, according to the Cleveland Clinic , making them pretty damn rare—but still possible. Although people can be allergic to lambskin and other forms of condoms, the most common condom allergy is due to latex, says Dr. Because latex condom allergy symptoms can be similar to other issues down there hello, yeast infections! Keep reading to learn exactly how to figure out if you have a latex condom allergy, plus which latex-free options are available to you instead.