Juliet. Age: 24.
Unexplained itching and discomfort after sex could happen to anyone. The most common reason is either an STI or an allergic reaction. You or your partner may be allergic to an ingredient found in condoms or lubricants without knowing it. However, the common allergen is a protein found in natural rubber or latex.
Blake. Age: 20.
Am I Allergic to Condoms? Symptoms and Treatment
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 populationmay 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.
Gemma. Age: 30.
Q: Am I allergic to condoms/lube?
Some people experience itchiness, redness, or swelling after using a condom. These can be symptoms of a latex allergy. Latex comes from the milky sap of rubber trees.
Latex allergies affect less than 1 percent of the American populationaccording to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, and while latex is present in a lot of things — medical gloves, toys, balloons, dentistry tools, even adhesives used in hair extensions — you may not experience symptoms like itching or rash until you start using condoms. If you're wondering how you could go years without realizing you had an allergy, there are a couple possible explanations. Symptoms can be so mild and seemingly unrelated to your environment that you may simply dismiss them, Dr. Purcell noted.