Are you Allergic to Condoms? 5 697

Allergic To Condoms & Alternative Birth Control Options | Ella Paradis
Miyola Cia Fernandes, BDS, MSc (UCL)
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Condom allergy is fairly more common than you think. The allergic reaction could be transcending beyond just latex. It could be a reaction to the additives like spermicides, preservatives, proteins, anesthetics, flavoring agents, etc.

It could be a delayed reaction like after sex or an immediate case of anaphylaxis.

Here are some symptoms that you could look out for:

Localized symptoms: Itching, Redness, Bumps, Swelling, Hives or Rash around the area that has come in contact with the condom.

Systemic symptoms: hives, swelling or itching on the entire body, scratchy throat, flushing, watering eyes, runny nose, difficulty breathing, chest tightness.

What you can do:

  • In case of hypersensitivity reaction and anaphylaxis, seeks emergency medical care.
  • Avoid sex and use of the product till the symptoms subside.
  • Keep the affected area clean and dry.
  • Explore alternative allergen-free contraceptive options. Talk to a healthcare practitioner about the possible options available to you.
  • Use cleaning products free of agents such as flavouring, fragrance etc which can worsen the symptoms.
  • If the symptoms worsen or persist, consult a medical practitioner immediately.

Possible alternatives to Condoms:

  • Contraceptive cap
  • Contraceptive injection
  • Contraceptive patch
  • Diaphragm
  • Female condom
  • Intrauterine device
  • Minipill
  • Natural family planning
  • Tubectomy
  • Vaginal ring
  • Vasectomy
Credit to: BootUp Health
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