Allergic to Latex? Use One of These Alternatives
Many people are allergic to latex. Latex allergies or latex sensitivity can cause unpleasant and severe symptoms, none of which is sexy or safe. Still, this does not mean that you cannot have safe sex. As a matter of fact, there are plenty alternatives for safe sex that exclude latex condoms.
If you have a latex sensitivity or allergy, safe and fun sex is not off the table. At this point, the condom technology has come so far, that you are actually offered some great alternatives to the traditional latex condom. In fact, some couples prefer the non-latex condoms to the latex ones, regardless of their latex sensitivity.
For those looking for non-latex alternatives for safe sex, here are the top for options:
1. Polyurethane Condoms
Made from a special, soft type of plastic, the polyurethane condom prevents pregnancy and protects you from STIs. So, you get the same kind of protection, minus those terrible latex allergy symptoms.
Many people choose these condoms over the latex condoms because they have no odor. In addition to this, polyurethane condoms are not as sensitive as latex condom, both in terms of UV lighting and temperature. This means that they actually have longer shelf life than their latex alternative.
The most popular feature of polyurethane condoms is their ability to transfer heat between the condom and the skin. This is also achievable with latex condoms, but it is a much-highlighted benefit with polyurethane condoms. Because of this, many people opt for this alternative even if they do not have latex allergy problems.
Basically, you get thinner condoms that offer a more pleasurable and intimate sensation.
Compared to the latex condoms you are allergic to, this alternative is less elastic, so keep this in mind. Experts recommend that you use silicone-based or water-based lube with such condoms to avoid their breakage or slippage.
2. Polyisoprene Condoms
Our second alternative is relatively new to the condom market, but it already gained FDA approval in 2008. Polyisoprene condoms prevent STD spreading and pregnancy and are made out of synthetic latex material. This material is equally strong as the regular latex you have allergic reactions to, only that it does not contain those proteins that cause you the allergy in the first place.
We are speaking of a laboratory-developed material, specially engineered to eliminate the proteins and offer several other advantages over latex and polyurethane condoms. Therefore, you get a more resistant and stretchy alternative that is better than the other two condom options.
In addition to this, polyisoprene condoms are thicker than both latex and polyuretrane condoms, so they are more fitting. Despite this thickness, the condoms offer an enjoyable sensation and are soft to the touch.
Polysoprene condoms go well with silicone-based and water-based lubricants, but stay away from the oil-based lubricants if you decide on this alternative.
3. Natural Skin Condoms
Natural skin condoms have been used for decades and are probably one of the oldest methods for preventing pregnancy. These condoms are made from natural materials. To be more specific, natural skin condoms are made from sheep cecum, which are basically the sheep intestines.
Despite the idea of placing sheep intestines on your skin, natural skin condoms are actually very popular among people. Many use these condoms because they are very pleasurable because of the thin construction and ability to conduct heat. Men actually say that they do not feel the condom during sex, which is why they prefer this option to the other condoms.
In addition, natural skin condoms are very popular in the environment-aware population. Unlike other condoms, natural skin condoms are completely biodegradable.
It is highly recommended to use natural skin condoms ONLY if you are certain that you and your partner have no sexually transmitted infections. Lambskin condoms do not protect you from being infected, and are only good for pregnancy prevention.
Natural skin condoms are not as elastic as the latex alternative, but they are much better in terms of fit. However, you do have to get used to the specific smell that exists because they are made from an animal by-product.
Still, if you are certain that you want to have partially protected sexual intercourse with your partner, this is the option that brings most pleasure. Knowing this, lambskin condoms are by far more expensive than any other condom. Currently, Trojan is the only company that manufactures them.
4. Female Condoms
Also known as the FC2, female condoms offer advantages for both men and women. Unlike other condoms, this alternative is actually used by the female, and serves to ensure protection from STIs and pregnancy.
The female condom is thin, flexible and thin nitrile sheath. It is being inserted into the vagina prior to the sexual intercourse, and has a polyurethane ring on one end, and nitrile ring on the other. The entire condom is latex-free, which makes it a great alternative for those who have latex allergies.
Female condoms are already pre-lubricated with a silicone-based lubricant, but you can still use additional lubricants if you want. It has a minimally larger size than the male condoms, without the latex odor.
This is a great choice if you suffer from chemical sensitivities and allergies in general. Also, it takes the burden off the man and lets the female take over the prevention and safety method instead. Finally, it is an option for every woman, and it actually works regardless of the penis’ size.
For a couple that prefers more tailored and slimmer condoms, this is perhaps the only non-latex alternative. In addition, it is a great alternative for those who face erectile challenges as a result of condom choice, as well as couples who seek enhanced transmission and more stimulation.
Even if you do not suffer from latex allergies or are sensitive to the material, trying out these alternatives is still a good idea. For people who are sexually active, these might be a new way to keep the relations fresh and interesting. And who knows, you may just find that the alternatives are better than the latex condoms you have been using, which is actually the case with many people.
Regardless of your choice, practicing safe sex should always be your priority.