"My boyfriend uses flavored condoms. Do you think that is what's causing my vagina to itch?"
Thank you for your question. We have received a number of questions about flavored condoms.
One thing that you need to keep in mind is that flavored condoms are not intended for intercourse. Flavored condoms are supposed to be used for oral sex on a penis. This is because some people that are interested in practicing safe sex think that flavored condoms taste better than condoms that are not flavored. Obviously, this is a preference and it may not apply to all people. What does apply to all male-female couples, though, is that flavored condoms should not be used for vaginal sex.
As far as the itchiness of your vagina goes, let us put your mind at ease. Flavored condoms do not cause STDs. Sexually transmitted diseases can only be spread if somebody who has an STD has sexual contact with somebody who does not have that STD.
Flavored condoms have sugars or artificial sweeteners on them. If these get inside of a vagina, they can cause different types of infections. The most common type of infection that is caused by a flavored condom is a yeast infection. A yeast infection could absolutely be responsible for the itchy sensations that you are feeling.
Since you are experiencing itching, it is a good idea to contact a medical provider. A yeast infection may be present. Your doctor will be able to determine what is causing the itching and be able to provide a course of treatment.
We salute you for practicing safe sex. That being said, when you are having intercourse, do not use flavored condoms in the future. Use unflavored condoms.
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