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Condoms Please, Hold the Latex

by Gina Colonette, blogger

(Courtesy of anytimecondoms.com)

If you have a latex allergy, there is no need to be shy about it. Rather than worry about STDs and unwanted pregnancies, there are a variety of non-latex condoms to choose from. And guess what—you don’t have to be allergic to latex to like them.

So how do you know if you have a latex allergy? Latex allergies can range from a person having mild to more severe symptoms. MayoClinic.com says mild symptoms include:

  • Itching
  • Skin redness
  • Hives or rash

Severe symptoms include:

  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Scratchy throat
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing

All the symptoms are similar to those that come with allergies to animals and the outdoors. Having an allergy to latex condoms can be uncomfortable; you should see a doctor if you have an allergic reaction so a diagnosis can be made.

A latex allergy should not stunt your condom shopping experience. There are a few brands that cater to your needs. And for those that simply want to try something new, go for it! Here are some non-latex options:

  • Lifestyles SKYN: They’ve been called the breakthrough non-latex condom. Made from polyisoprene—a purified form of natural rubber—SKYN is just as strong as a latex condom. It is said to be more stretchy and comfortable than polyurethane condoms. It’s called “The Closest Thing to Wearing Nothing.” Enticing, even for a latex condom lover! (12 pack for $9.90 from condomman.com)
  • Durex Avanti Bare: Also a polyisoprene condom, it is said to give a natural feel because it’s thinner and more sensitive than regular latex condoms. They are said to be better than Durex’s original non-latex condom made from polyurethane. For a “Next to Nothing Feel,” try these bad boys. (12 pack $10.71 Condomman.com)
  • Trojan Supra Non-Latex: This condom is a clear and odor-free condom made of microsheer polyurethane. These are designed to transmit natural body heat. Their ultra thin design will lead you to the “Ultimate Sensual Pleasure.” (6 pack for $8.99 Condomman.com)
  • Trojan Naturalamb Natural Skin: Before you pick these condoms up, understand that they do not protect against STDs and HIV, but can prevent unwanted pregnancies. These condoms are made from natural lambskin; they’re thicker than most condoms but give you the feeling of not wearing a condom. For the “#1 Natural Skin Condom for a More Sensual Feeling,” take the natural route. (12 pack for $28.99, at Condomman.com)
  • FC2 Female Condom: A non-traditional form of contraception, made from polyurethane—the female condom. This six inch condom is inserted into the woman. It’s compatible with oil and water based lubricants. If you are interested in something different, this is one to try. (No fancy tagline here). (Five pack $13.75 at CondomDepot.com)

Whether it’s the clever tag lines that get you, or the actual necessity of a non-latex condom, one of these should do the trick. If  this list has made you even more indecisive about buying  non-latex condoms, you can always try a sampler pack (undercovercondoms.com carries them). Don’t let a latex allergy stand in your way of having a little fun—with some protection. Happy Shopping!

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