There are a lot of different things that can cause vaginal itching, and sometimes you end up chasing the wrong culprit and being frustrated that the solution isn’t helping.
If you’ve noticed irritation or itching after sex, even the next day, it might be a latex allergy.
Latex is the most common material condoms are made from, and an allergy to the material isn’t unusual. It’s one of the reasons doctors have switched to nitrile gloves and away from latex gloves as a standard. Not everyone has the allergy, but when you’re buying in bulk for a large staff of users it’s simpler to choose a material with which no one will have a reaction.
Simple solution: latex-free condoms
Luckily, just like nitrile gloves, they make condoms out of latex-free materials.
They’re a little more expensive, but anyone suffering from these symptoms would agree it’s worth it to avoid them. Even if the symptoms are relatively minor.
There are a variety of latex-free condom brands available, such as:
- Lifestyles Skyn Non-Latex
- Trojan BareSkin Non-Latex
- Trojan NaturaLamb Condoms
- Durex Avanti Bare Real Feel Condoms
There are a bunch more, but those are some of the top brands people shop for.
An important note when it comes to latex-free condoms is that there are generally two kinds: synthetic and animal skin.
Synthetic latex-free condoms are usually made with polyisoprene, and can be used with water and silicone-based lubricants. Avoid oil-based lubricants, since they can break down the condom material.
Synthetic varieties protect against pregnancy as well as sexually transmitted diseases in the same way that standard latex condoms do.
Dr. Boskey of Very Well Health points out that these synthetic condoms are marketed as latex-free, but they actually do contain latex. The reason they don’t trigger allergies is actually from the other tree-born elements found within latex found in nature — it’s those that people are allergic to.
That’s obviously a longer explanation than most product boxes allow for, so it’s simpler to refer to them as latex-free to indicate being hypoallergenic.
Animal-based condoms are a bit different. These are typically made from lamb intestines, and are one of the oldest condom designs out there. Some people prefer them because they’re all natural and feel more like skin, and even describe it as a more intimate sensation.
Men have said that it’s the closest feeling to not wearing a condom you can get. They also transmit body heat better than other condoms, which adds to this sensation.
A very important note for animal-based condoms is that while they are effective for preventing pregnancy, they do not provide the protection against STIs that other condoms do. This is because the material has tiny pores that viruses like gonorrhea and HIV can get through. (The pores are too small for sperm to get through.)
Lambskin condoms can, however, be used with oil-based lubricants unlike synthetic condoms. If you’re looking for biodegradable condoms, lambskin also have that as an advantage.