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Options Other Than Latex Condoms

Published: February 28, 2013
Dear TeenhealthFX,

I recently had sex for the first time and learned that I have a mildly allergic to latex. In school they said always use latex condoms but is there any other option.

Dear Options Other Than Latex Condoms,

There are two other types of condoms available beside latex, natural skin and polyurethane condoms. Natural skin condoms are made from sheep intestines. They are good at preventing pregnancy but since they're porous viruses and germs go right through them. As a result, they do not offer reliable protection against sexually transmitted diseases. Polyurethane condoms are usually thinner, stronger and less constricting than latex condoms. Because of this and they transmit heat better, they are thought to increase sensitivity. The major difference between polyurethane condoms compared to latex is that they are less elastic and looser fitting which making them slightly more likely to break or slip off. For this reason the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recommend polyurethane condoms to people sensitive or allergic to latex. For those who are not sensitive or allergic to latex these agencies recommend latex condoms as a preference for safer sex


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